The Best Lemon Bars

This lemon bars recipe is a keeper and is so easy to make.  It's been in our family for 50 years!  I haven't found a better lemon bar anywhere and I've tried a lot!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20 bars
Calories 134kcal
Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 1/2 cup butter cold
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 lemon zest and juice (about 2 Tbsp juice)

Lemon Glaze

  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice or enough to get proper consistency for drizzling
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar


  • Cut together butter, 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup powdered sugar and press into 8 x 8 pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Mix together sugar, 2 Tbsp flour and baking powder
  • Add in eggs, juice of one lemon (about 2 Tbsp.) and the zest from the lemon.
  • Pour this mixture over baked crust and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or until edges are golden brown and mixture is set.
  • Mix together 3/4 cup powdered sugar with 2 Tbsp lemon juice or enough to make glaze soft enough to drizzle over lemon bars while they are still warm.
  • Cool and cut.



Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 25mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg