Tart Lemon Bars

Brandi Kirkpatrick


I LOVE tart lemon bars and a lot of recipes I've run into are rather....tamed down for my taste. I followed a generic lemon bar recipe and tweaked it up a notch or two in the lemon department.


★★★★★ 5 votes

30 Min
35 Min


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    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
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    1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
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    1 cup butter, softened
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    5 eggs
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    1 cup white sugar
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    3/4 cup of lemon juice
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    1 tablespoon lemon zest
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    1 teaspoon lemon extract

How to Make Tart Lemon Bars


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix 2 cups of flour and confectioner's sugar together. Cut in the butter or margarine. (Remember it’s a shortbread crust, crumbly and well combined.) Press the dough into a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake 15 - 18 minutes or until gold brown.
  4. Beat together eggs, sugar, 4 tablespoons flour, lemon juice, lemon rind, and lemon extract for at least 1 minute. Pour the mixture over the HOT baked crust.
  5. Bake the bars another 16 - 20 minutes, or until the lemon topping has set. (I’ve had issues with cracks so you may want to add a water bath to cooking process.) Cool completely by turning off oven and propping open (like with cheesecake). Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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About Tart Lemon Bars

Course/Dish: Cookies, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American

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