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Easy Lemon Bars

This is the best lemon bars recipe! Made with an easy shortbread crust and tangy lemon curd filling. Learn how to make lemon bars!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Jenn


Vanilla Shortbread Crust

  • 2 Cups (250 grams) All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup (100 grams) Granulated Sugar
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 16 Tbsp (226 grams) Unsalted Butter softened

Lemon Bar Filling

  • ¾ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (from 4 large lemons)
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 ¾ Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Zest
  • ¼ Cup plus 3 Tbsp All Purpose Flour


  • Powdered Sugar for sprinkling


  • Preheat Oven to 325 F (163 C) and line a 9 x 13 inch glass pan with overhanging parchment paper.
  • In medium bowl hand whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and ginger.
  • Add vanilla extract and softened butter to flour mixture.
  • Gently mix together with hands until massaging until a soft shortbread dough is formed.
  • Transfer dough to baking pan and gently press across bottom of pan into an even layer. Wet fingertips or rubber spatula with cold water to help preventing sticking as you level dough.
  • Place pan on middle rack of oven and bake for 18-20 minutes until slightly golden.
  • While shortbread is baking mix together filling.
  • In a large bowl hand whisk together all ingredients until smooth liquid.
  • Remove pre-baked crust from oven and pour filling directly onto hot crust.
  • Place pan back in the oven and bake for an additional 22-24 minutes until center is set without any wobbling.
  • Remove pan from oven again and place on a cooling rack until completetly cooled.
  • Cover cooled pan with plastic wrap and place in fridge to set and chill for 1.5-2 hrs.
  • Run an offset metal spatula around the edges of pan to loosen bars. Lift parchment paper from pan by pulling up on overhanging sides. Set on a cutting surface.
  • Using a sharp knife slice into squares. Dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve.