5 from 1 vote
Easy Lemon Bar on a white plate with a lemon slice on each side.
Lemon Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

These hard to resist Easy Lemon Bars with a creamy lemon filling and a dusting of powdered sugar are just enough sweet, with the right amount of tart. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon, Lemon Bars
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 260 kcal
Author: Lynne
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar, plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing pan
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup fresh, strained lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Lightly butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and line the pan with a sheet of parchment paper. 

  2. Lightly butter the parchment paper and lay a second sheet of it down across it, so that they are in two different directions. 

  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, confectioners' sugar, cornstarch, and salt. 

  4. Slice butter into small pieces and then cut into flour mixture using a pastry cutter or two knives. Work until mixture resembles coarse meal.  

  5. Pour mixture into pan and press firmly into the pan, so that there is 1/4 inch thickness on the bottom and crust goes up sides about 1/2 inch. 

  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  7. Place rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. 

  8. Bake for at least 20 minutes or till golden brown. 

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, and flour.  

  2. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, milk, and salt and mix to combine well. 

  3. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. 

  4. Stir filling mixture to reblend and pour into warm crust. 

  5. Bake about 25 minutes until the filling feels firm when touched. 

  6. Cool completely on wire racks for about 30 minutes. Sift confectioners' sugar on top of bars after cutting. 

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 156mg7%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.