These Classic Lemon Bars feature a buttery crust topped with a tangy and sweet lemon filling. So simple to make and so delicious!
There’s a reason these Lemon Bars have the ‘classic’ title, they are tried, tested and devoured on a regular basis! Sometimes simple desserts are the best. These gorgeous, sweet, and zesty squares are super easy and super satisfying. Great for a treat and awesome for the Holidays!
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Why you’ll love these Classic Lemon Bars
- A wonderfully buttery homemade crust. The base of these bars just melts in the mouth!
- A zesty lemon filling. Made with vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest, this filling is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.
- An easy dessert bar recipe. Whether for dessert or just as a snack, this recipe is a breeze to whip up. Only a few ingredients needed.
How to make these Classic Lemon Bars
- Make the crust – Mix the crust ingredients together with a pastry cutter or a fork until the dough resembles a light crumble. Press into a prepped baking dish and
- Bake the crust – For 10-15 mins.
- Make the filling – Mix the filling ingredients together until smooth.
- Bake – Pour the filling onto the crust, bake for 25 mins.
- Cool – Allow to cool then refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Sift on powder, cut into squares and serve!
Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!
Do Lemon Bars need to be refrigerated?
Yes they do. As they’re made with eggs the filling is similar to a custard. You’ll want to store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them.
Stored in an airtight container, they will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Can I freeze them?
You can indeed! If you need to store these Classic Lemon Bars for longer, you wrap them tightly and freezer them in a freezer bag or freezer safe container.
When you’re ready to have them, simply thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Which lemons are best to use?
You can use whichever lemons you have to hand.
Meyer lemons are great though, they are tart like regular lemons, but taste sweeter than the most common varieties found at the grocery store. The taste is a little bit like a cross between a lemon and an orange.
But not to fear if you can’t find Meyer lemons, go ahead and use regular lemons, still delicious!
- Use a preheated oven.
- When measuring your flour for these bars, be sure to spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off with the back of a knife.
- Bake until the square turns golden brown.
- For a flavor twist, top with some berries or fresh mint.
- The powdered sugar will dissolve into the bars the longer they sit. For best presentation, powder just before serving.