Easy Lemon Bars are the perfect spring and summer lemon dessert. A tangy and sweet lemon bar that is bursting with citrus flavor. These lemon bars are made with real lemons, for a fresh taste.
Lemon bars are a weakness. It’s hard to resist a homemade lemon bar when I am on the hunt for a sweet treat. That intense lemon that makes you pucker but also is tamed from the sweet always hits the spot.
If you have a lemon tree or have a few lemons sitting around give this recipe a try! Great for serving any time of year for any gathering or event!
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How to Prevent Clumping When You Cut Lemon Bars
- Allow your lemon bars to chill in the fridge for around 2 hours, remove and then try. Chilled bars slice easier.
- Reach for a wet knife! It also helps prevent with clumping of bars.
Can I Use A Gluten Free Flour Mix
Yes. You can grab your gluten-free flour mix that replaces flour and use that. Just supplement the right amount of mix to what your mix calls for and it should convert. I recommend an All Purpose Gluten Free baking mix so it converts 1:1.
How To Make Lemon Squares
Start by lining the pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Then you want to work on your shortbread crust. Mix your flour, butter, salt, and powdered sugar together. Mix until it begins to form and then press down into pan and bake.
Then in a bowl whisk your eggs and lemon juice and pour into baked crust, and place back into the oven to cook.
You will remove it after 15 minutes and cover with foil and then finish baking. Once bars are cooked and cooled dust with powdered sugar.
How Do You Get More Lemon Juice From Lemons
- Microwave your lemons for 15 seconds or so to warm them up.
- Gently push down on lemons on counter and roll back and forth.
Both of these methods can help you get a bit more lemon juice from a single lemon.
- 2 Sticks of Butter
- 2 Cups Unbleached Flour
- 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 5 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
- Lemon Zest and Powdered Sugar to Garnish
- Preheat Oven to 350º.
- Line a 9x13 Glass Baking Dish with Parchment Paper.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, melted butter, powdered sugar, and salt.
- Slightly mix with a fork. do not over mix.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown.
- While the crust is baking, slightly beat eggs in another mixing bowl.
- Whisk in sugar and lemon juice until combined.
- Pour lemon mixture into baked crust as soon as it comes out of the oven.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven, cover with foil, and bake another 15 minutes.
- After the lemon bars are baked, dust with powdered sugar and let the bars cool completely on a wire rack.
Do You Store Lemon Squares in Fridge
Yes. Lemon squares need to be in the fridge or they will spoil fast. You can store your bars for up to four days in an airtight container.
Can You Freeze Lemon Bars
I have not tried freezing these bars, simply because we eat them too fast. I don’t see why you couldn’t freeze them. Place in freezer friendly container and store 1-3 months.
Should Lemon Squares Be Jiggly
You will know when your bars are done when they do not jiggly. Or they barely giggle at all when you slightly shake in the oven. You will want your lemon bars to fully cool and then chill before slicing, or they could fall apart.
To tell if your lemon bars are done you want them to barely jiggle in center of the pan when you lightly shake it.
How Much Juice Is In One Lemon
Depending on the size of your lemon it will vary. You can get anywhere from 2-3 tablespoons of lemon per lemon. Then around 1 tablespoon of lemon zest per lemon.