Lemon Creme Crumb Bars

Published June 26, 2013. Updated December 28, 2018

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Imagine a thick crumb bar with two layers similar to the streusel on top of a muffin, then picture sandwiching those layers together with a lemon creme filling that is similar to a lemon bar. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Well it is, and here you have it.

To give you an idea of how delicious these really are, I made these yesterday and we finished most of them off. My husband gets home from work today carrying a gallon of milk, so I ask him, “what’s the milk for? We have milk, I just bought some.”

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He replies, “I’ve been dreaming about those lemon bars all day and wanted to make sure we had some milk to go with them. Please tell me there’s some left?”

I thought it was funny because we always have some kind of sweet at our house because of how much I bake, and we always have milk – I rarely run out. But these bars are over the top and completely irresistible, so once you’ve tasted one you’ll forever be dreaming about them :). I’m already thinking of making them again. Enjoy!

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Lemon Creme Crumb Bars

One of the most delicious lemon treats you'll ever eat! Buttery tender cookie crumb layers filled with a bright and luscious lemon filling.
Servings: 9
Prep30 minutes
Cook40 minutes
Cool1 hour 30 minutes
Ready in: 2 hours 40 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, rolled oats, salt and baking soda. Stir in granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix until no clumps of sugar remain. 
  • Stir vanilla into melted butter and pour mixture over dry ingredients. Using a spoon, stir mixture until evenly moistened. 
  • Sprinkle half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a greased 8 by 8-inch baking dish and gently press into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside (leaving oven heated at 350 degrees).
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolks and lemon extract until well blended. Pour mixture over crumb crust in baking dish and spread into an even layer. 
  • Sprinkle top evenly with remaining crumb mixture. Bake in preheated oven 23 - 26 minutes until lightly golden. 
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool at room temperature, once cool cover and refrigerate 30 minutes - 1 hour (I actually loved this cold).
  • Remove and cut into squares. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Creme Crumb Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 262mg11%
Potassium 257mg7%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 47g52%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 648IU13%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • RM

    Absolutely loved these, but is there any way we can get the recipe in grams, like your other recipes? Everything we’ve tried has come out perfectly because of that. :)

  • Rylie Baker

    I am a chocolate girl all the way but this is my all time FAVORITE non-chocolate dessert. It rivals my go to chocolate goodies. I am always asked for the recipe when I make these. They are so flippin good!!

  • Susan

    These bars are amazing. They turn out perfectly everytime. Made them for a family Easter dinner and had to make a second batch the next day when my husband complained there were none left!

  • Peggy Biggs

    I baked these but want to freeze for Christmas. Has anyone tried freezing them & did you freeze them in the pan or cut into squares first? I can hardly wait to try them!

    • Sue

      I cut mine and then freeze. They freeze really well, and still taste super delicious once defrosted!!!

    • Rylie Baker

      I freeze them all the time. I even love eating then frozen! They taste like the best lemon ice cream sandwich. SO GOOD. But also just as amazing once defrosted too. I cut mine first :)