Lemon Bars

01.14.2014

It is about time I’ve posted a recipe for lemon bars, wouldn’t you say? Everyone needs a really good lemon bar recipe, and these delicious lemon bars should definitely make the cut.

Stacked Lemon Bars dusted with powdered sugar on plate

Homemade Lemon Bars

These lemon bars are deliciously tart with just the right amount of sweet to compliment the sour. Their bold, fresh lemon flavor is paired with a more mellow hint of orange to tone things down without distracting from the star of the show. Both whole eggs and egg yolks are added to not only give structure but to offer a creamy and smooth texture to the lemon bars. I mixed in cream to rid any harsh bitter lemon flavor, and the brown sugar replaces some of the traditional powdered sugar to offer the crust more depth of flavor.

These lemon bars are anything but bland, so if you are looking for a fresh, exciting dessert recipe, don’t pass this one by. Give yourself a hint of summer to brighten these cloudy winter days by making some of these refreshing and decadent lemon bars. You’ll be glad you did once they are melting away in your mouth. Enjoy!

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Lemon Bars

5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar , plus more for dusting
  • 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter , partially soft and diced into 3/4-inch cubes*

Filling

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh navel orange juice
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish, set aside. In a food processor (you can also just use a bowl and a whisk then a fork or your fingertips to cut in butter), pulse together flour, powdered sugar, brown sugar and 1/2 tsp salt. Add diced butter and pulse until mixture begins to come together in crumbles. Press mixture into an even layer on bottom and 1/2-inch up the sides of the prepared baking dish (be sure to press together any cracks). Bake in preheated oven until lightly golden, about 20 minutes (zest lemons then juice lemons and oranges while crust is baking and begin to prepare filling because you want to pour filling over a hot crust).
  2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, flour and 1/8 tsp salt. Several minutes before crust is done baking, mix in lemon juice, orange juice and lemon zest, then add eggs, egg yolks and heavy cream and whisk vigorously to blend well. Pour mixture over hot crust, then reduce oven temperature to 325 and return to oven and bake until filling is just set, about 20 - 25 minutes. Allow to cool at room temperature 1 hour, then cover and chill in refrigerator about 1 1/2 - 2 hours or overnight (if resting overnight I'd recommend letting them rest at room temperature a bit before serving). Cut into squares and dust tops with powdered sugar just before serving. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.
  3. *Let rest at room temperature about 30 minutes unless you are in a warmer environment, then I'd let rest about 20 minutes. It should be slightly firm and just beginning to soften.
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58 comments

  • Amanda: Hi there! My boyfriend has been asking me to make lemon blueberry bars – this is by far the best lemon bar recipe I’ve seen! Do you think I could add blueberries to this recipe as-is, or would it need other adjustments?

    Thanks! September 18, 2018 at 7:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You should be fine to add about 3/4 cup fresh blueberries here. Hope you both enjoy! September 24, 2018 at 11:41am Reply

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