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Classic Lemon Bars

Classic Lemon Bars

I just love this time of year, the weather is warming up, the flowers are starting to bloom, and everything is lemon flavored! And these Classic Lemon Bars are bursting with a tangy lemon flavor and sweetened with a dusting of powdered sugar, which makes these lemon bars extra pretty.

And with backyard BBQ’s and pool parties in the near future, I can’t think of a better dessert to bring to your warm weather parties than these Classic Lemon Bars. I know your going to absolutely love them, and your friends and family will, too!

Classic Lemon Bars


  •   TO MAKE THE CRUST: I used a food processor, but you could also use a medium sized bowl. All you need to do is first whisk together the flour and powered sugar. Then using a fork or your fingers, cut in the butter until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  •  COOLING & CUTTING: After you have baked the lemon bars, it’s super important to let the lemon bars cool at room temperature for 1 hour. Then cover and let the bars chill in the fridge for another 1 hour 30 minutes or overnight before cutting them into squares. If you leave the bars in the fridge overnight, let them sit out on the counter at room temperature for about 15 minutes before cutting them into squares and dusting them with powdered sugar.
  •  DUSTING WITH POWDERED SUGAR: Wait to dust the lemon bars with the powered sugar until just before your ready to serve them. If you dust them too early, the powered sugar will dissolve into the top of the lemon bar, which they would still taste just as good but they wouldn’t look as pretty!



Classic Lemon Bars

Yield: 12-14 Lemon Bars

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:45 minutes

Total Time:1 hour

★ Make sure to read my BAKING TIPS above before you start baking!

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, diced
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (2 medium sized lemons)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.


STEP 1: In a food processor, pulse flour, powdered sugar, and diced butter until crumbly.

TIP: If you don't have a food processor, you can use a medium sized bowl instead. Whisk together flour and powdered sugar. Using a fork or your fingers, cut in the butter until mixture becomes crumbly.

STEP 2: Press dough crust into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.


STEP 3: In a medium sized bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder.

STEP 4: Add eggs, lemon juice, and orange juice. Whisk together until well blended.

TIP: If your oven bakes on the lighter side, I would suggest increasing the bake time to 35 minutes. One of the reasons lemon bars fail is because you didn't bake them long enough, so make sure you use a oven thermometer to make sure your oven is at the correct temperature and that you BAKE these bars long enough! 

STEP 5: Pour the lemon filling over hot crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes.


TIP: Allowing these bars to cool & set is a super important step!

STEP 6: Allow lemon bars to cool at room temperature for 1 hour. Then cover and chill in the fridge for 1 1/2 hours or overnight.

STEP 7: Cut lemon bars into squares and dust tops with powdered sugar.

TIP: Use a sifter to dust powdered sugar over bars.


12 Responses to “Classic Lemon Bars”

  1. marissa | rae gun ramblings — April 29, 2015 at 1:40 am

    oh my I”m totally drooling

  2. Maureen — April 29, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I just couldn’t resist lemon desserts. And I love my lemon bars to be simple and classic. It is definitely warm season already and the flowers surely started to bloom. And this classic lemon bars make warm season bright!

  3. Krystle — April 27, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    These look delicious! & so perfect for Spring!

  4. Jennie @onesweetmess — April 27, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Lemon bars are the bomb dot com! These look perfect.

  5. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg — April 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I can’t say no to lemon bars. They’re so delicious and perfect for the spring. I can’t wait for all of those summer picnics and pool dates. 

  6. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — April 23, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I love these lemon bars! So “Spring-ish”!

  7. angelina ❤ — April 23, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    i wish i had seen this earlier! i had such an itch to bake today, and wanted to make lemon bars (my husband loves them). i ended up baking cookies. definitely saving this recipe for later!

  8. Maureen — April 23, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    These look outstandingly good!  I want one right now. I love lemon bars and these are beautiful.

  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — April 23, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Now these are my kinda bars! They look so fudgy and perfectly lemony! What a great, foolproof recipe.

  10. Thalia @ butter and brioche — April 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I love any type of citric dessert.. so these lemon bars are definitely something I would love. Craving one now!

  11. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — April 23, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I can’t resist lemon desserts, especially this time of year! I love that you used the food processor to make the crust – so easy!

  12. Chicago Jogger — April 23, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I can never resist a lemon bar 🙂 This looks perfect for spring!

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