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several lemon bars on white parchment paper, some topped with powdered sugar

Classic Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust

This simple yet classic Lemon Bars recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and tart and the homemade shortbread crust just melts in your mouth.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 202kcal



  • 1 cup all purpose flour or gluten free flour if desired
  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoon all purpose flour or gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar optional



  • Blend ingredients together and press unto an 11 x 7 baking dish
  • Bake at 325 F for about 20 minutes or until lightly brown.


  • Combine ingredients in a bowl and beat until well blended.
  • Spread over the hot baked crust
  • Bake at 325 F for 25 minutes.
  • Cool in pan.
  • Cut into squares.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.


Cool completely prior to slicing.
Add a teaspoon of vanilla to the curst if desired.
Nutritional information does not include added powdered sugar topping.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg