Lemon Bars Recipe

Lemon Bars Recipe

How To Make Lemon Bars

If sunshine comes in bar forms, it would be lemon bars. Their gooey, custard-like lemon curd on soft, buttery shortbread crust will brighten your day.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



For The Crust:

  • 4tbsplight butteror reduced fat, room temperature
  • 2tbspunsweetened apple sauce
  • ¼cuppowdered sugaror powdered sweetener
  • 1cupall-purpose flourplain flour
  • 2tbspcornstarchcorn flour
  • 1tbsplemon zest

For The Filling:

  • 3eggsextra large
  • 1cupsuperfine sugaror caster, or powdered sweetener
  • cuplemon juicefresh squeezed, from 2-3 lemons
  • 2tbspall-purpose flour

For The Topping:

  • 3tbsppowdered sugaror powdered sweetener


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine together the butter, apple sauce, sugar (or sweetener), flour and cornstarch. Using a fork or your hands, blend ingredients together until sandy in consistency.

  3. Pour into lined pan and press down evenly to form a base. Bake for 20 minutes, or until firm and slightly golden.

  4. While the base is baking, whisk the filling ingredients until well combined. As soon as the base comes out of the oven, give the filling one more whisk and pour the filling over the base.

  5. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until just set.

  6. Allow to cool for an hour before refrigerating for about 2 hours. Dust with confectioners, powdered, or icing sugar (or powdered sweetener).

  7. Cut into 20 squares and serve.


  • Calories: 101.17kcal
  • Fat: 2.24g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.18g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.69g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.21g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.93g
  • Fiber: 0.26g
  • Sugar: 12.52g
  • Protein: 1.65g
  • Cholesterol: 26.96mg
  • Sodium: 10.62mg
  • Calcium: 6.86mg
  • Potassium: 24.48mg
  • Iron: 0.49mg
  • Vitamin A: 23.36µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.28mg
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