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Homemade Lemon Bars

Lemon bars are a classic, refreshing dessert that everyone loves. This simple recipe will be a hit wherever you serve them!
Course Dessert / Treat
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Bars
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


lemon filling:

  • 1 & ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

Shortbread base:

  • 1 & ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, ground nutmeg, cornstarch, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the butter to the flour mixture, and mix until it's crumbly .
  • Place the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press it down into a even layer.
  • Bake the shortbread base for 20-25 minutes,
  • Remove from the oven and set aside.

To make the lemon filling:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the granulated sugar and flour.
  • Whisk until well combined.
  • Add in the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Pour the lemon filling over the shortbread.
  • Bake at 350°F for 20-22 minutes or until the lemon filling is set.
  • Remove from the oven, and let cool until at room temperature.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Sift a little powdered sugar on top.
  • Serve & enjoy