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Craving something decadent? These fresh lemon bars are easy to make and the perfect balance of citrus and sweet, everyone will love them!

There’s nothing quite as welcome in the dreary winter months as a sweet & tart lemon dessert!  One of my family’s very favorite things about January here in Florida is picking the fresh lemons off our little lemon tree.

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We usually are able to squeeze and freeze enough juice to keep our family drinking homemade lemonade all year round, and while it is hard to beat fresh squeezed lemonade, these fresh lemon bars come pretty darn close.  This oh-easy-recipe comes together in about an hour and tastes just like delicious fresh sunshine!

Assemble your ingredients for the lemon bars: sugar, salt, flour, brown sugar, eggs, confectioners sugar, and butter

Here is what you need:

Crust:
1 1/2 cups cold butter, cut into cubes
2 cups flour, chilled
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
 
Filling:
6 large eggs
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup fresh lemon juice (from 6-8 lemons)
1/2 cup flour
 

Just all lemons then set aside.

Step 1: Juice lemons; set juice aside.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place cubed butter, 2 cups flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar and salt in food processor

Step 2: Grease 9×13″ baking dish; set aside. Place cubed butter, 2 cups flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar and salt in food processor and pulse until dough forms.

Press dough into a baking dish.

Step 3: Press dough into baking dish so that it comes up about 1/2 inch on the sides.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.

Remove crust from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Step 4:  Remove crust from oven; let cool on wire rack.

Whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and flour.

Step 5: While crust is cooling, make filling. Whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and flour.

Pour lemon filling over top of crust.

Step 6: Pour filling mixture overtop of crust.  Bake 30-35 minutes longer.

Sprinkle fresh lemon bars generously with powdered sugar.

Step 7: Remove from heat; let bars cool completely.  Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar, then slice and serve.

 

Craving something decadent? These fresh lemon bars are easy to make and the perfect balance of citrus and sweet, everyone will love them!

Fresh Lemon Bars

These refreshing lemon bars will make any meal feel like a special event.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Fresh Lemon Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 36 people

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups cold butter cut into cubes
  • 2 cups flour chilled
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice from 6-8 lemons
  • 1/2 cup flour

Instructions

  1. Juice lemons; set juice aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 9x13" baking dish; set aside. Place cubed butter, 2 cups flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar and salt in food processor and pulse until dough forms.
  3. Press dough into baking dish so that it comes up about 1/2 inch on the sides. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.
  4. Remove crust from oven; let cool on wire rack.
  5. While crust is cooling, make filling. Whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and flour.
  6. Pour filling mixture overtop of crust. Bake 30-35 minutes longer.
  7. Remove from heat; let bars cool completely. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar, then slice and serve.

Craving something decadent? These fresh lemon bars are easy to make and the perfect balance of citrus and sweet, everyone will love them!

9 Comments

  1. Tracy
    January 29 at 02:55PM

    Yum! I love all things lemon! You are so lucky to have a lemon tree in your backyard!

  2. January 30 at 08:19AM

    Delicious. Perfect timing. Just got a whole bag of organic lemons from Azure Standard. Pinned!

  3. January 30 at 09:34AM

    These lemon bars look amazing. I love lemon anything, and the fresher the better. Thanks for the post. I just found this blog and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.

  4. January 30 at 05:06PM

    These look so good! Can’t wait to try these out!

  5. Demagogue
    March 2 at 01:38PM

    I love Lemon Meringue Pie….but can’t figure out how to get the filling firm and not runny! (NOT the refrigerator type. Baked Lemon Meringue Pie made with lemon custard.)

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