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You only need 5 ingredients to make delicious lemon bars. This lemon bar recipe is the perfect balance between sweet and sour.

Lemon bars are a classic dessert. People always love the zesty lemon on the melt-in-your-mouth shortbread crust. This recipe makes the thickest lemon bars ever. The ratio of rind to lemon is perfect, giving you all that bold lemon zest on top of the shortbread. So easy to make, Lemon Bars require only 5 simple ingredients: sugar, butter, flour, eggs, and lemon juice. That’s it!

did you know? The bottom crust of the lemon bars is shortbread. Making shortbread is as easy as 1, 2, 3 because the basic recipe for shortbread is 1 part sugar, 2 parts butter, 3 parts flour. This recipe has a little extra flour to help support the weight of the lemon topping.

Which lemon should I use for Sweet Lemon Bars? Can I use Meyer lemons?

You can use any kind of lemon to make lemon bars, including Meyer lemons. Meyer lemons are a mix of lemons and oranges. They are sweeter and produce a more orange juice.

Can I use bottled lemon juice?

Fresh-squeezed lemon juice will give your lemon bars the best flavor, but you can definitely use lemon juice from the grocery store that comes in a squeeze bottle. The flavor never tastes as bright or fresh, but it works and should be used in the amount called for in a recipe.

How Much Juice Can a Lemon Get?

The amount of juice from one lemon may vary. Sometimes it depends on the size, but usually it’s just the fact that some lemons are juicier than others. In our testing, we found that 1 large lemon typically yields 2 to 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of lemon juice. So a good rule of thumb is 3 tablespoons of juice per lemon. There are 16 tbsp in 1 cup. You will need 4 to 8 lemons to make 1 cup of lemon juice. We recommend purchasing at least 6 lemons for this recipe.

Storage Instructions:

Store lemon bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.

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Two lemon bars stacked on top of a lemon slice

You only need 5 ingredients to make perfect Meyer Lemon Bars. It’s the perfect balance between sweet and sour.

Preparation time 15 minute

cooking time 50 minute

total time 1 Hour 5 minute

raw material

Shortbread crust

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter slice
  • 2 cup flour

lemon layer

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 big egg
  • 1 cup lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper.

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and 2 cups flour using a pastry cutter or using a food processor. Press dough into bottom of 9×9 pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

  • Five minutes before the crust is baked, mix together 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup of flour. Stir in eggs and lemon juice.

  • Gently pour the lemon mixture over the baked crust and return to the oven to bake until the lemon layer is set, about 40-50 minutes.

  • Let cool completely before topping with additional powdered sugar, if desired.

Calories: 248kcal | carbohydrate: 53G | protein: 4G | fat: 2G | cholesterol: 54mg | sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 45mg | sugar: 34G | Vitamin A: 80unit | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | calcium: 16mg | iron: 1.4mg