Easy Lemon Bars with Zested Shortbread Crust

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These easy Lemon Bars with Zested Shortbread Crust are a perfect balance of tangy and sweet. The lemon curd-like filling is creamy and smooth, tasting like sunshine in every bite. The zested shortbread crust is simply irresistible.

Here’s the best news of all. They’re super simple to whip together using only 5 ingredients. And… they make perfect treats for parties, holidays, and get-togethers. Or… when you’re craving something sweet with a distinct citrusy tang. 

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Only 5 Ingredients in these Lemon Bars

Lemons: Three fresh lemons are what make these lemon bars incredibly delicious! You’ll use both the juice in the filling and the zest in the shortbread crust. 

Butter: Softened butter is used for the base of this zested shortbread crust.

Sugar: Sugar both sweetens the shortbread crust and the lemon filling. Plus, it works together with the eggs to set the filling. Reducing the sugar will make the filling too wet. 

Flour: Flour is used in both layers giving structure to both. 

Salt: The salt helps balance the sugar in the crust. 

Eggs: Eggs provide the necessary structure the lemon filling requires. 

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How to Bake the Lemon Bars in 5 Steps

Prepare the crust:
Mix together all of the shortbread crust ingredients. Press firmly into a 9×13 inch baking pan (glass is much preferred).

Pre-bake the crust:
Pre-baking the crust firms the base so the lemon filling can set nicely. 

Prepare the filling:
Whisk together all of the filling ingredients. Simple, simple, simple. 

Bake the bars:
Pour the lemon filling over the warm pre-baked crust. Bake for another 30 minutes or until the center is just set. 

Cool:
The lemon bars will firm and set up as they cool, about 1 hour at room temperature. I then like to refrigerate for another couple of hours until the bars are completely set and chilled. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving. 

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Easy Lemon Bars with Zested Shortbread Crust

These easy Lemon Bars with Zested Shortbread Crust are a perfect balance of tangy and sweet. The lemon curd-like filling is creamy and smooth, tasting like sunshine in every bite. The zested shortbread crust is simply irresistible.

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 36 squares (2-inch) 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
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Ingredients

Zested Shortbread Crust:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
zest of 1 lemon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Lemon Filling:

4 eggs
1 egg yolk
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup flour
3 lemons, juiced (about 1 cup)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I like to line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper for easy removal, but no cooking spray is necessary.

Blend together the butter, sugar, zest, flour, and salt. Once fully mixed, press into a 13 x 9-inch pan. Bake in the preheated oven to 15 to 20 minutes or until firm and lightly golden.

For the filling:

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs until beaten. Then add the sugar, flour, and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly and pour over the partially baked crust. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Bars will firm as they cool. To fully set, refrigerate a couple of hours before cutting into squares.

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