Lemon Bars

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These bars are lemon perfection!  They are bursting with tart lemon flavor and the shortbread crust is buttery and delicious.  I love how thick these lemon bars are too. Wow. Thank you Barefoot Contessa!!

Lemon Bars
submitted by Brittany ~ The Sisters Cafe

For the crust:

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the filling:

  • 6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.

Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.

Cut into triangles and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Recipe source:  The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


  1. Amanda says

    Just made these. This is the best lemon bar recipe I’ve ever encountered and possibly the most delicious thing I’ve ever baked!! Using the fresh squeezed lemon juice and the grated lemon zest make all the difference! And the crust is to die for!!!

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