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5 from 3 votes

Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

The best lemon bars you'll ever have, and super easy recipe to follow!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 pieces
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner



  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup butter

Lemon Layer:

  • 5 large eggs
  • cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • cups lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • cup half and half
  • teaspoon salt


  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar (for dusting)


Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.


    • Mix flour, sugar, cornstarch, and salt until combined.
    • Pour flour mixture into a food processor. Add lemon zest, and cubed butter. Pulse until the mixture becomes crumbly.
    • Add to a greased 9x13 baking dish. Compress the mixture to creates the crust. You can either use your palms, or the bottom of a glass to do this. 
    • Bake for 20 minutes.

    Lemon Topping

    • Meanwhile, beat eggs with an electric mixer. Add the sugar, and mix until combined.
    • Add flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, half and half, and salt. Mix until all the ingredients are incorporated. 
    • Remove crust when 20 minutes have elapsed. Pour the lemon topping mixture over the hot crust. 
    • Bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until the lemon-custard is set.
    • Cool off completely, then store in the fridge for at least one hour.
    • Sift powdered sugar over the lemon bars before serving.


    Serving: 1piece | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 66mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 15g