Lemon Bars

Whip up a batch of these delightful Lemon Bars, where the tangy zestiness of lemon meets the richness of a buttery shortbread crust. Perfect for any occasion, these bars are sure to be a hit with their refreshing flavor!

Why You’ll Love These Lemon Bars

  • Perfect Balance of Flavors: Enjoy the delightful harmony of tangy lemon and sweet sugar.
  • Buttery Shortbread Crust: The crust provides a deliciously rich and buttery base.
  • GF-Friendly Recipe: Made with GF flour, these lemon bars are suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
  • Easy Preparation: With straightforward steps, these bars are a breeze to make.
  • Refreshing Taste: The zesty lemon flavor makes them a refreshing treat for any occasion.
  • Ideal for Sharing: With 24 servings, these bars are perfect for parties, gatherings, or as a family treat.

Ingredients Needed To Make Lemon Bars

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest
  • Eggs
  • Powdered Sugar

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use All-Purpose Flour?

Yes, All-Purpose Flour can be used. Use the same amount that is listed in the ingredients, but swap with all purpose.

Can I use regular dairy?

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I use dairy-free butter, but feel welcome to choose your preferred dairy option without any recipe adjustments. Unless specified otherwise, you have the flexibility to use the milk of your choice for the recipe.

How To Make Lemon Bars

For the Crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick baking spray and line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  3. Mix all crust ingredients in a bowl. Press the mixture down into the base of the baking dish.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly golden brown. Remove and reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

For the Filling:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all filling ingredients. Mix for 3 minutes on medium speed.
  2. Pour the mixture over the baked crust.
  3. Bake for 24-26 minutes until the edges are slightly golden brown.
  4. Let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour, then refrigerate for 6 hours to set.
  5. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use regular flour instead of GF flour?

Yes, you can substitute 1:1 GF flour with regular all-purpose flour if gluten is not a concern.

How long can I store these lemon bars?

Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze lemon bars?

Yes, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before serving.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh?

Fresh lemon juice is recommended for the best flavor, but you can use bottled lemon juice in a pinch.

Can I reduce the sugar in the recipe?

Reducing the sugar will affect the sweetness and texture, but you can experiment with slightly less sugar if desired.

Lemon Bars

Lemon bars are a delightful combination of tangy and sweet flavors that are delicious. The buttery shortbread crust adds a delightful texture, while the luscious filling is truly irresistible. 
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Set Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 192kcal


  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • 9×13 baking dish



  • 1 cup butter melted
  • cup sugar
  • 1 ¾ cup 1.1 GF flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • ½ cup 1.1 GF flour
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 6 eggs room temperature
  • *2 tbsp powdered sugar for dusting when finished baking & cooled



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick baking spray and line the dish with parchment paper.
  • If it comes over the sides, it will be easier to remove.
  • Add all the ingredients for the crust to a bowl, mix well and press down into the base of the baking dish.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Remove, reduce the oven temp to 325 degrees and go to the next


  • In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients and mix for 3 minutes on medium speed.
  • Pour on top of the crust and bake for 24-26 minutes, the edges will be slightly golden brown.
  • Remove, let sit at room temp for 1 hr. and place in the fridge for 6 hrs. to setup.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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These lemon bars are the perfect blend of zesty and sweet, making them an irresistible treat for any occasion. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or trying out a new recipe, these lemon bars are sure to impress!

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