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Classic Lemon Bars

Classic Lemon Bars
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon dessert, lemon recipe
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Sandy


  • 9"x13" baking dish



  • 2 ½ cups Flour
  • cup Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Butter + 2 Tablespoons
  • 2 Tablespoons Shortening
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


  • 2 ½ cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • ½ cup Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 5 Eggs + 3 Yolks
  • 1 ¼ cups Lemon Juice
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla



  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9"x13” baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a food processor combine flour, sugar and salt. Add in butter and shortening and pulse until crumbly. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  • Transfer the crust dough into the prepared baking dish and press down evenly. Poke holes in the crust dough with a fork or sharp knife to help release air while baking.
  • Place the baking dish into the preheated oven on the middle rack and bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Once baked, remove from the oven and pace on a wire cooling rack to cool.
  • Make the filling.


  • Keep the oven preheated to 350° F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine sugar and lemon zest and mix until well incorporated.
  • Add in the flour and salt and mix to combine. While the mixer is running, add the eggs one at a time, letting each egg get incorporated before adding the next one.
  • Stream in the lemon juice and continue mixing until combined. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • Pour the filling mixture into the prebaked crust and place into the preheated oven on the middle rack. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the center is almost set.
  • Once baked, remove from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack to let it completely cool.
  • Once the lemon bars have completely cooled, cover with plastic wrap and place into the fridge to let chill for 2 hours.
  • Once chilled, remove from the fridge and dust with powdered sugar and top with lemon slices before serving.


Lemon bars may be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 160kcal