Lemon Bars Recipe (Easy & Luscious)


Sweet, tangy and so delicious, these easy lemon bars are the perfect Springtime dessert. Full of fresh flavors, these simple bars are quick and easy to make.

stacked lemon bars and lemon slices on a board

I love all things lemon, and these bars are one of my favorite treats. Super simple to make, they are bursting with flavor.

These are a great dessert to enjoy for Easter and throughout the summer. Fresh and zingy, one bar is definitely not enough! These are simply the best lemon bars!

If you like these, be sure to check out my homemade lemonade and healthy lemon blueberry muffins.

Why you will love this lemon bars recipe!

  • Easy: Most of the time spent in this recipe is hands-off baking and cooling time. It takes minutes to mix the base and filling together.
  • Simple ingredients: This easy lemon bar recipe is made with everyday ingredients, most of which you will have on hand already.
  • Make ahead: These lemon squares have a really good shelf life, so they are great to make several days ahead of time if you are planning to serve them as part of a bigger feast.
stacked lemon bars on board


  • Flour: You can use all-purpose or gluten-free flour in this recipe.
  • Sugar: Use granulated or an alternative granulated sweetener.
  • Salt: A little salt really helps to bring out the sweetness.
  • Vanilla: For flavor or sweetness.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter. If you use salted, reduce the amount of added salt.
  • Eggs: For the filling. Use free run / organic eggs if you can.
  • Lemon: We use both the zest and juice in this recipe for a really fresh flavor.
  • Powdered sugar: To dust the lemon bars.

How to make lemon bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and line the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 dish with parchment paper.
  • To make the crust, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Add the softened butter, egg and vanilla extract and fold it several times to make a dough.
  • Spread the crust over the bottom of the prepared dish and spread it out evenly using a glass/measuring cup and plastic wrap.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 18 – 20 minutes or until the edges are just getting lightly browned. Remove from the oven and cool for 20 minutes or until it’s not hot.
  • To make the lemon filling, whisk the sugar and flour together until well combined. Stir in the eggs, lemon juice & zest, and pinch of salt, and whisk together to combine. Don’t overmix it. The filling will be runny.
  • Pour the filling on top of the cooled crust and bake for 25 – 28 minutes or until relative set. Remove from the oven and cool for 20 – 30 minutes on the counter, then refrigerate until cold and firm.
  • Remove bars from pan and dust with powdered sugar, then cut into squares.
Meet The Author: Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.


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