Sitting on the porch or patio with your friends and family oftentimes calls for a cooling glass of lemonade. Though for the lemon-lovers in the group, sipping on a tall glass of lemonade isn't quite enough citrusy goodness and they need a little something extra. Enter the lemon bar recipe, an easy dessert that you can whip up in under an hour and will yield enough servings for everyone you're spending time with. So, bust out those lemons because when life hands them to you there are quite a few additional dishes you can make with them!

Lemon Bar Recipe

lemon slices with lemon squares

What You'll Need For The Crust

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

What You'll Need For The Filling

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of grated lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey
  • Confectioners sugar

Steps

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil.
  • Mix together the butter, flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture into the pan when finished.
  • Press the mixture evenly against the pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust turns a golden brown.
  • Remove the crust from the oven.
  • Whisk the eggs, sugar, flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, and honey in a large bowl until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Pour the mixture over your crust and bake again for another 15-25 minutes, or until light golden brown around the edges.
  • After the allotted time, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely until the filling becomes firm.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners sugar.

Additional Methods

Some people prefer to chill their bars and then refrigerate them until they're cool. The reason for this is that the lemon bars become much easier to handle when they're entirely chilled as opposed to cooling at room temperature.

You can also skip the grated lemon peel entirely if you don't want your bars to have too much of a citrusy taste. The freshly squeezed lemon juice is more than enough lemon for some people, but it's entirely up to you. It's also an option for you to add a small amount of salt to the filling as well. Some people like to add 1/4 teaspoon while others prefer something smaller like 1/8 of a teaspoon. Though, if you're not a fan of this ingredient or if it's missing from your pantry then you can omit salt from the crust and the filling altogether.

up close lemon squares

Surprise your guests and lemon-fans alike with this simple lemon bar recipe that brings the flavor and enough of it for everyone!

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