5-Ingredient Lemon Bars Recipe

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Savannah Published: January 7, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make 5-Ingredient Lemon Bars

Lemon bars with an irresistible lemon curd filling on top a crusty shortbread gives out a fresh citrusy note leaving any picnic as memorable as it’s taste.

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

Serves:

Ingredients

For the Shortbread Crust:

  • cupsall-purpose flour
  • ¾cupcold butter,diced
  • ¼cuppowdered sugar
  • 1lemon zest

For the Lemon Filling:

  • 4large eggs
  • 1cuppowdered sugar
  • ½cuplemon juice,freshly-squeezed
  • 2tbspall-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. Combine all of the crust ingredients in a food processor.

  3. Pulse until the mixture reaches a fine crumble consistency.

  4. You want the butter to be well combined, but to stop before the mixture turns into a ball.

  5. Sprinkle the crust mixture evenly into the prepared pan.  Then press the mixture down firmly to form an even layer.

  6. Bake the crust for 20 minutes, or until it is lightly golden on top.

  7. Meanwhile, whisk the lemon filling ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until combined. 

  8. Once the crust is done baking, remove the pan from the oven and immediately pour the lemon filling on top of the hot crust. 

  9. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 18 to 20 more minutes, or until the lemon filling has set.

  10. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer to a wire baking rack to cool until the bars reach room temperature. 

  11. Then transfer to the refrigerator and let the bars chill for at least 2 hours.

  12. Sprinkle the tops of the bars with extra powdered sugar, if you would like, then slice and serve!

Recipe Notes

  • If your powdered sugar or flour are too chunky or there are lots of bubbles whisked into the filling, feel free to just pour the filling through a fine-mesh strainer to get it nice and smooth before adding it to the crust.
  • Alternately, you can combine the crust ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a pastry cutter or a fork.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 178.88kcal
  • Fat: 9.96g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.88g
  • Trans Fat: 0.35g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.71g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.62g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.78g
  • Fiber: 0.45g
  • Sugar: 9.48g
  • Protein: 3.01g
  • Cholesterol: 69.38mg
  • Sodium: 19.48mg
  • Calcium: 13.01mg
  • Potassium: 42.63mg
  • Iron: 0.83mg
  • Vitamin A: 92.80µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.92mg
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