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The Best Lemon Bars

5 from 11 reviews

These tangy and bright lemon bars with a luscious lemon layer and a buttery shortbread crust taste like sunshine. Dust with powdered sugar for a pretty treat!

These tangy and bright lemon bars with a luscious lemon layer and a buttery shortbread crust taste like sunshine. Dust with powdered sugar for a pretty treat!

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
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  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

for the shortbread crust

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

for the lemon layer

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper on all sides. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, sugar, flour, and salt until the mixture comes together. The mixture will be crumbly.
  3. Press the shortbread in an even layer into the prepared pan. Use a fork to make a few holes in the crust. Blind bake the crust for 20 minutes.
  4. While the crust bakes, make the lemon layer. Sift the sugar and flour together in a large bowl to get rid of any clumps.  In a separate bowl mix together the eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Add to the flour and sugar mixture and whisk until just combined. The mixture will be thin.
  5. Take the crust out of the oven and pour the lemon layer over the blind baked shortbread crust.
  6. Lower the oven temperature to 325°F and bake for 20-25 more minutes or until the center no longer jiggles. Take the bars out of the oven and allow to cool completely.
  7. Once the bars are completely cool, transfer to the fridge to set for 2 hours (or overnight) until ready to serve! Slice the lemon bars and serve cold with a dusting of powdered sugar!

Keywords: lemon bars, lemon squares