Classic Lemon Bars

"You’ll love these classic lemon bars with a thick, buttery, shortbread crust and a tangy lemon custard filling, garnished with powdered sugar. These make the perfect treat for any gathering!"
-- @rainbowdelicious
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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 40mins
Serves or Makes: 16

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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  • Step 1

    Gather ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350º F with the oven rack in the center.

  • Step 2

    In electric mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add sugar until well combined. Add flour and salt and continue to combine until dough forms.

  • Step 3

    Press shortbread mixture into the bottom of baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edging is starting to brown.

  • Step 4

    Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

  • Step 5

    Whisk eggs in a large bowl.

  • Step 6

    Gradually mix in the sugar, lemon zest, flour and salt to the egg mixture until smooth. Mix in lemon juice.

  • Step 7

    Pour lemon filling over the shortbread curst and bake for 18-20, or until the filling is set. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Once cooled to room temperature, refrigerate the bars until firm, about 1-2 hours.

  • Step 8

    Cut lemon bars into squares and garnish with powdered sugar.

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