This easy lemon bar recipe is such a crowd favorite that I make it several times a year. While most consider lemon a summer flavor, you will find yourself bringing out this delicious treat all year round. Who can resist the combination of sweet and tart that a lemon square recipe provides? Not me!
Easy Lemon Bar Recipe – Lemon Square Recipe In Under 30 Minutes
I’m always looking for recipes that don’t keep me in the kitchen for too long. As a mom of three, you can appreciate that life gets in the way pretty easily.
With just a few quick whirls of my mixer, I am on my way and you will be too! That’s the beauty of lemon squares!
Now that we are in the holiday season, I also want you to start thinking about this recipe for hostess gift ideas. I am sure that your calendar will start to book up and fast. Make a few batches of this lemon square recipe and wow your friends with a simple presentation that has a lot of bite.
How To Make Lemon Squares
You really only need a few ingredients to get started and they are all fresh and probably in your refrigerator. I’m not going to tell you how to live your life… but please use fresh lemon juice when working on this lemon square recipe. There, I said it. I feel better now.
Lemon Bar Recipe Ingredients
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups flour
- 4 eggs
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2/3 cup lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
- powdered sugar
The Best Lemon Bars – Directions
Preheat oven to 350.
Beat your butter until smooth. Add in sugar, flour, and salt and beat until crumbly. The mixture will look like crumbs, but when pinched together will hold its shape.
Press evenly into 9×13 pan with fingers or the back of a spoon. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the center is set/cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, flour and lemon juice until combined. Pour your mixture over the crust and bake for around 20-24 minutes.
Let the dish set to cool completely before cutting into 24 bars and topping with powdered sugar. If you do this too soon, you will have a really hard time with your knife. Please wait to cut.
And enjoy! I told you that this recipe would be a breeze! What did you think? Something you could manage? My 14-year-old daughter loves to help me out with this one because it really is about mixing and watching. BUT BOY, the flavors are there in the end. Little work with a lot of return. That’s actually my life motto.
If you have some more questions about this lemon dessert recipe, please see below. I tried to think of what a friend would ask me if sitting in my kitchen. If I didn’t answer your question, please feel free to leave a comment and I will update this post.
How Do You Know When The Lemon Bars Are Done?
Every oven is different and – believe me – I understand this! Sometimes you need to use your EYE to figure out whether you are close to the end of your cooking time.
If your filling still looks a little loose or runny, you might want to give your lemon bars a little more time. If your edges are nice and golden and your filling is completely set – then you are good to go!
Do Lemon Bars Need To Be Refrigerated?
Yes and No. Lemon bars are made with all fresh ingredients. So, naturally, you won’t be able to keep them out on your counter overnight. However, they will be perfectly fine to set out for a few hours during a party.
When the party is over, just be sure to place them in a sealed container and refrigerate until you are ready to eat them again in the morning. I doubt they will last much longer than that.
Can You Freeze Lemon Bars?
Absolutely! Once baked, you can freeze lemon bars for up to two or three months. Just be sure they are tightly sealed with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap.
When you are freezing the bars, it’s easiest to try to line them in a single layer.
When Should I Cut My Lemon Squares?
The hardest part about baking is waiting. The cake comes out of the oven and you want to frost it, right? But you can’t because it’s piping hot!
You should cut the lemon squares after they’ve had a chance to completely cool. You really do need to give them the time they need to do this. It will just make the entire process easier.
What Places Should I Consider Bringing Lemon Bars?
I have to tell you that lemon bars are one of the most versatile desserts on the planet. You can bring this dessert to:
- bridal showers
- baby showers
- holiday gatherings
- bunko night
- Sunday dinner
- family game night
- new neighbor welcoming get together
- cocktail parties
- high end / casual affairs – it all works!
They just BLEND IN. This dish could sit next to a box of storebought donuts or a 7-tier custom made cake. How many other desserts can say that? This is a go-to favorite for SURE!
When in doubt, consider the lemon square. LOL! Lemon dessert recipes are simply my favorite. After one bite of your first bar, I think you will agree. And you won’t spend a ton of time in front of the stove either – which I LOVE!
Here are some other lemon recipes to try out:
- Blueberry Lemon Donuts
- Greek Lemon Potatoes
- Easy Baked Tilapia
- Spicy Lemon Garlic and Shrimp Recipe
- Quick And Easy Chicken And Rice Soup With Lemon
- Lemon Marscapone Bars
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Preheat oven to 350.
Beat butter until smooth. Add in sugar, flour, and salt and beat until crumbly. Mixture will look like crumbs, but when pinched together will hold its shape. Press evenly into 9x13 pa with fingers or the back of a spoon. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until center is set/cooked through. Remove from oven and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Pour over crust and bake for 20-24 minutes. Let set to cool completely before cutting into 24 bars and topping with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 53mg Sodium: 99mg Carbohydrates: 36g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 26g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g