Are You Ready for These ADDICTING LEMON BARS?

These are the best lemon bars featuring an easy shortbread crust and thick layer of delicious lemon filling. This Easy Lemon Bar Recipe has the perfect combination of tart and sweet. They get the nickname “crack” for their highly addictive taste! Truth: I don’t love any other lemon bar. Period. I’ve tried many lemon bars and trust me, NONE compare. They are often too sweet, goopy, slimy, you name it, there is always something weird about other lemon bars. To me, and anyone that has ever had these lemon bars with shortbread crust, all vote the same- the are truly THE BEST!

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Reasons I Love THESE Lemon Bars

  • Slightly salty shortbread crust
  • Soft filling that is not goopy or slimy like many lemon bar fillings
  • Perfect crackle texture top
  • Real lemon juice and lemon peel
  • Easy to make and bring to a friend or gathering

Bonus: they are also easy to make. As my daughter, Amelie, likes to say, “easy peezy lemon squeezy!”

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Davis Family Lemon Bar Story

’50’s Bridge Club Lemon Bars

Here is another winning Davis family recipe that has been around since the 1950’s. My husbands grandmother would get together with her friends and play the card game “bridge” every week with a group of women. Every week the women requested these lemon bars. These lemon bars are a WINNER for a reason, they are addicting with the perfect texture and delicious lemon flavor.

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Lemon Bars that Connect Past and Present Generations

Grandma Rhea also made these lemon bars for her children and grandchildren and here we are making them today generations later! I love recipes that connect us deeply to family and people from past to present. The recipe becomes a thread that keep us connected to people even when they are far away or no longer with us. It’s an honor to share this delicious family recipe with all of you! Let me know if you make them in the comments!

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Lemon Bar Baking TIP

If you look at your bars after the recommended bake time, and the filling looks loose, runny, or too liquid, give them more time. You’ll know your lemon bars are done when the edges are starting to turn golden, and the filling is set and no longer wobbly in the center. They will also set a little more after they are cooled.

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Making and baking the shortbread layer (above)

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Adding the lemon filling and baking (above)

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Easy and Addicting “Crack” Lemon Bars (Winning Recipe)

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x
  • Category: Sweet/ Dessert
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These are the best lemon bars featuring an easy shortbread crust and thick layer of delicious lemon filling. This Easy Lemon Bar Recipe has the perfect combination of tart and sweet. They get the nickname “crack” for their highly addictive taste! Truth: I don’t love any other lemon bar. Period. I’ve tried many lemon bars and trust me, NONE compare. They are often too sweet, goopy, slimy, you name it, there is always something weird about other lemon bars. To me, and anyone that has ever had these lemon bars with shortbread crust, all vote the same- the are truly THE BEST! 


Ingredients

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Shortbread Crust 

  • 2 sticks (1 cup/ 227 gr) butter 
  • 2 cups (240 g) all purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) powdered sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

Lemon Filling

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar 
  • 1/2  teaspoon (2 g) baking powder 
  • 4 tablespoons (36 g) all purpose flour 
  • 4 tablespoons (57.5 g) fresh lemon juice 
  • zest of 1 lemon 

Instructions

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9X13 in baking pan with butter. 
  2.  Make the shortbread dough. With an electric mixer, on medium speed, combine butter and sugar and beat until smooth. Sift in salt and flour and mix on low seed to combine. Dough will be a bit crumbly. Pat dough into prepared baking pan and bake for 15 minutes. Take out of oven and set aside to cool. 
  3. In the meantime, make the lemon filling.  With an electric mixer, on medium speed, mix the eggs and sugar until creamy texture and pale yellow in color. Add the flour, baking powder, lemon juice, lemon zest and mix on low speed until smooth. Pour mixture over prepared crust and bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool. Sprinkle top with extra powdered sugar. Cut into squares and serve! 

Keywords: lemon, dessert, lemon bars, best lemon bars, treat, American dessert