The Best Homemade Lemon Bars

With a chewy crust, tart lemon filling and powdered sugar topping, these are the best homemade lemon bars you'll ever eat!

Lemon Bars stacked on plate with powdered sugar

I’ve never actually read the book about love languages, but I’m pretty sure my husband’s love language would be these lemon bars, or as some people call them, lemon squares. These are the best homemade lemon bars I have ever tasted and I am pretty picky!  I usually give all of my baked good leftovers away to our neighbors so I don’t eat all of them, and this is the only recipe my husband forbids me to give away, so you know it’s good!

Lemon bars in pan topped with powered sugar

how to make lemon bars

These lemon bars are made in a 9×13-inch baking pan so they are thicker than other lemon bars.  I’m usually not much of a crust person, but the crust on these lemon squares are soft, chewy and absolutely perfect! This recipe has a simple crust made with flour, sugar, butter and a little bit of salt so you probably have all the ingredients you need to make it on hand! While crust is cooking, you make the filling by mixing some lemon zest, lemon juice, and a few other simple ingredients and then pour it over the hot crust and bake a while longer.

stacked homemade lemon squares

I’m pretty generous when it comes to the powdered sugar on top, to the point where you can’t inhale when you go to take a bite or you might choke. Haha!  If you are looking for a light, sweet treat that is perfect for spring or summer, we’ve got you covered with these lemon squares! This lemon filling is the perfect balance of sweetness and citrus!


If you love lemon as much as we do, try our Gooey Lemon Bars (made with a cake mix!) or our Coconut Lemon Bars (made with a Nilla Wafer crust), our Lemon Bar Cookie Cups!

Serves: 24

The Best Homemade Lemon Bars

These are the best homemade lemon bars! With a perfectly chewy crust, zesty lemon filling and dusted with powder sugar they are the ultimate summertime treat.

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Filling:
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • lemon zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup lemon juice, fresh or bottled
  • 1 cup flour
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Cream together softened butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add flour and salt and mix until blended.
  5. Press into the bottom of prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. While crust is cooking, make filling by mixing together sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour.
  7. Pour filling over hot crust and bake for about 25 -30 minutes or until set.
  8. Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar.
  9. Cool completely and cut into squares.
Recipe Type: Dessert

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