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Lemon Squares on a white plate next to a patterned napkin with forks all sitting on a yellow place mat

Lovely Lemon Bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: Lemon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 622kcal
These lovely lemon bars are just that...lovely. Well, however you want to refer to them...they are a bit decadent...and very, very tasty.
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  • ½ lb unsalted butter 2 sticks, room temp
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • tsp Kosher salt


  • 6 large eggs room temp
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp grated lemon zest about 4 lemons
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Confectioners' sugar for dusting



  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  • Combine the flour and salt.
  • Add the flour/salt mixture, slowly, to the butter (with mixer on low) until just mixed.
  • Place the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball.
  • Place the ball in a 9 x 13 x 2 inch baking dish, and begin flattening the dough with your fingers.
  • Build the dough up along the sides by about 1/2 inch.
  • Chill (the dough, not you...well, you can chill, too...but come back soon).
  • Bake the crust for 20 minutes, until very lightly browned.
  • Let cool on a wire rack and leave the oven on.


  • Whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour.
  • Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is nice and set.
  • Let cool to room temp.
  • Cut into squares, and then triangles (if you like...I do)...and dust with confectioner's sugar.


Calories: 622kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg