Luscious Lemon Squares

5 stars based on 36 votes


Most of my close friends love to cook, and the ones that don’t at least love to eat, so it’s inevitable that no matter where our conversations start, we always end up talking about food. Whether we’re exchanging recipes, recounting meals at restaurants, griping over picky eaters, or getting to the root of why we ate all those brownies when we knew we shouldn’t, it never gets old.  One of my dearest friends and cooking cohorts is Melissa. Melissa is one of those people who could take or leave chocolate, but give her lemons, limes or oranges and she’s in heaven. One day, we got on the subject of lemon squares. Neither of us had a perfect recipe, so we decided to get in the kitchen and create one of our own.


Well, we must have made at least 200 lemon squares. I don’t think our poor husbands, ever the willing taste testers, would care if they never ate a lemon square again! But finally, perfection: a crisp and buttery shortbread crust topped with a luscious, tart-yet-sweet lemon filling. Generously dusted with powdered sugar, they’re as pretty as they are delicious.

To make them, start by lining a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Leave an overhang on all four sides so you can lift the baked square right out of the pan and onto a cutting board — this makes cutting a cinch.


Next, combine the flour, corn starch, confectioners’ sugar and salt in a bowl of a food processor.


Add the butter.


And process until the mixture resemble coarse meal.


Dump the crust mixture into the prepared pan.


Then press with your fingers into an even layer.


Let the crust rest in the fridge for 30 minutes, then bake until lightly golden.


Meanwhile, make the topping by combining the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour in a bowl.


Whisk until well combined.


Pour the filling over the baked crust.


And bake until the topping is set and firm.


Let cool, then use the foil overhang to lift the square out of the pan and onto a cutting board and cut into squares.


Finally, dust with confectioners’ sugar.


“One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.” –Laurie Colwin, Home Cooking


Luscious Lemon Squares

Servings: 16 2-inch squares


For the Crust

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Confectioners' sugar, plus more to decorate finished bars
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

For the Lemon Topping

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (be sure to zest before juicing the lemons)
  • 5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2-3 lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour


Make the Crust

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cover a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Push the foil neatly into the corners and up the sides of the pan, using two pieces if necessary to ensure that the foil overlaps all edges (the overhang will help removal from the pan). Spray the foiled pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place the flour, corn starch, salt and Confectioners' sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and mix for a few seconds. Add the butter and mix to blend until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. Sprinkle the mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly with your fingers into an even layer, building up a thin ½-inch edge around the sides (this keeps the filling from spilling beneath the crust). Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Bake the crust until lightly golden, 15-20 minutes.

Make the Topping

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour.
  2. When the crust is ready, give lemon mixture a quick final stir and then pour over top. Immediately return the pan to the oven and bake another 20-25 minutes, or until the topping is set and firm. Let cool on a rack to room temperature, or at least 30 minutes, then cover and chill in the refrigerator until cold -- the bars are much easier to cut when cold.
  3. To cut, use the foil overhang to lift the baked square out of pan and onto a cutting board. Loosen the foil from the edges of the crust, using a knife if necessary. Using a sharp knife, trim the edges off, then cut into 2-inch squares. Use a fine sieve to dust the squares with Confectioners' sugar. Store finished lemon squares in the refrigerator and serve chilled.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    Made these today, they aren’t quite cold enough yet, but couldn’t wait to sample. They are SO good!!! This recipe is perfection, and I’m picky about baked goods! I didn’t have a food processor, just used disposable gloves and my hands to work the butter through. Also didn’t have a 9 x 9 pan, so used an 8 x 11 pan, which just makes them a little thinner. This will be my go to recipe for lemon squares!! Thanks to you and your taste testers!!

    - Paige on May 20, 2016 Reply
  • What appliance can I use instead of a food processor?

    - Traci on May 11, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Traci, While the food processor makes this quicker, one reader mentioned that she uses two knives to cut in the butter and it works well for her.

      - Jenn on May 11, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have a slice solutions brownie pan that has handled to lift the squares out, so can I skip the tin foil part and just line with parchment?

    - Jennifer on April 22, 2016 Reply
    • Yes Jennifer, I think that should be fine. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on April 23, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I just made these and they are SO delicious. If you live in high altitude, you need to add a few extra minutes but thanks to Jenn’s wonderful photos….I knew to leave it in longer. Thanks for another keeper!

    - CCWallace on April 21, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this today for my in -laws Easter dinner! Everyone loved it. A light, refreshing dessert. Tomorrow, I am taking another batch to my family’s dinner!
    Your recipes are 5 stars every time!
    Happy Easter!

    - Susie R on March 26, 2016 Reply
  • Jenn, Can these be made in advance and frozen?

    - Denise Graves on March 22, 2016 Reply
    • Yes, Denise, they freeze beautifully!

      - Jenn on March 22, 2016 Reply
  • 4 stars

    The base was super easy to do and very delicious but for me the filling was way to sweet so I would cut the sugar down to 1 1/4 cups or even 1 cup next time
    Also i had a problem with the foil tin lining it just stuck so badly to the base and sides of the slice but otherwise certainly a keeper!

    - Ann on March 4, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made these to take to a Super Bowl party. Everyone raved about how delicious they were….especially the crust. I will definitely make these again. Great recipe!!!!

    - Lisa on February 7, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made these lemon bars exactly as set out in the recipe. They truly are absolutely delicious. Not too sweet with an excellent combination of pastry crust and “gooey” middle. We needed a plate and fork – these are not the type of bar to be picked up with fingers. I will definitely make them again.

    - Jennifer on February 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The crust was a little overdone (my fault I extended the baking time to 5 minutes thinking that the color was not right), but it still came out really good. My husband loved the crust. This is by far the best lemon bar I have made and tasted.

    - Doris on January 31, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I found this recipe while looking for the Lemon Bar recipe thatI have used for years. I read the recipe and thought I would give it a try – what a score! They were the best lemon bars I have ever had or made. Incredible!!!!

    - LeAnn on January 24, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Great, better than Ina’s :)

    - Julie on January 16, 2016 Reply
  • Oh, let me add that lining the pan with foil was a great help.

    - Barbara on January 12, 2016 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Hi Jenn, Making great lemon squares has been on my bucket list forever. I just made yours yesterday, and the taste was absolutely delicious. The only problem was the consistency of the lemon layer. It was not firm enough. I even had baked it a little longer than the recipe said to because it seemed too loose. But even the next day after a night of refrigeration, it still didn’t cut nicely. Any suggestions? Many thanks!

    - Barbara on January 12, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Barbara, sorry to hear that the texture of the bars was a little gooey. If you feel convinced that you got all the measurements right, you might want to check the accuracy of your oven temperature…it can often be off by 25°F to 50°F, which can affect your baking results. Let me know if you need some guidance on how to do this.

      - Jenn on January 12, 2016 Reply
      • I’ve tried several times to Pin your recipes. Unfortunately they don’t work.

        - Kenna on January 25, 2016 Reply
        • Thanks, Kenna. I’m looking into it.

          - Jenn on January 26, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Also made these for a New Year’s Day party. I’ve never had good luck with these bars which I love but this recipe is fantastic. The crust is perfect and using the foil to get everything out certainly helps. Another wonderful recipe, Jenn. Thanks so much!

    - Josie on January 9, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I took these to my sister’s on Christmas day and after a giant dinner they were perfect – nice and light and not too sweet. This will now be my go-to recipe for lemon squares.

    - Peggy Hogan on December 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Finally have found THE go-to recipe for Christmas lemon squares. The lemon layer is sweet and tart and the shortbread crust takes it up another level.

    - Dawn Mere-Ama on December 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hello Jenn,
    I am not a baker, but I love anything lemon, so these caught my eye. Made them for a holiday party, and heard several folks rave about them. One, in particular, said she has tasted many lemon squares but these were the best! Jenn, I am such a fan of all your never-fail recipes I have tried. Thank you for all you do…

    - Marty on December 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love love Lemon desserts and I tried those in a gathering they were perfect. I knew that because my husband who doesn;’t eat lemony things kept on eating them.

    - Imane Daher on November 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    WOW!! My new favourite lemon square recipe! Made two batches for friends and everyone loved it! Thanks Jennifer for all the great recipes!!

    - Helen H on October 28, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made these for my sister for her birthday because she loves lemon bars, and I happened to have all ingredients on hand including lemons from my moms garden. They were phenomenal! I have never made lemon bars before but they were so easy. I have eaten a lot of lemon bars and most are too sour or too sweet this was the perfect blend of both. Cant wait to make more!

    - Brie on October 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you for another perfect recipe. I made a batch of these exactly as per your instructions for my son at college. He texted me back with his review “when can you send me some more?”

    I have a couple of questions:
    would it be OK to substitute with Meyer lemons? I want to retain the tartness but with just a touch of the exotic Meyer lemoniness.
    Can I had vanilla?
    I know you shouldn’t fiddle with perfection but if I reduced the sugar by say 1/4 cup would that change the consistency or set of the lemon layer?

    Thank you again so much Jenn! I have taken several of your baked goods to share at work people talk about it for days afterwords!

    - Mary on October 4, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Mary, I’m so glad your son enjoyed them! I think it would be delicious with Meyer lemons and vanilla. I also think you could safely reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup — and that would probably be a good idea if using sweeter Meyer lemons. Please let me know how the bars come out with the modifications :)

      - Jenn on October 4, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Yummy bars. Probably the best crust I’ve ever had! I would lower the sugar content next time. Freeze well.

    - Angel on September 24, 2015 Reply
    • Angel, I previously made and loved Jenn’s recipe but never froze the squares (as they were consumed very quickly). Tonight I plan to make the squares, freeze them, travel with them in a cooker and then serve them at a friend’s party tomorrow night. Do you have any advice on this approach? Does cookie base become soggy? Thank you! Lesley

      - Lesley on December 4, 2015 Reply
      • Meant to type “cooler” not “cooker”!

        - Lesley on December 4, 2015 Reply
  • 3 stars

    I found this recipe to have not enough lemon flavour. The next time I made it I upped the lemon to 1/2 a cup with some corn starch and it was perfect. The crust is amazing though!

    - Byul Hutchinson on August 27, 2015 Reply
  • Hi, do you use the blender blades to mix the base mixture? Also will the powdered sugar melt into the lemon bar after a little while?

    - Serena on August 14, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Serena, Yes and yes :)

      - Jenn on August 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Oh my GOD these are good. I needed to make some lemon squares for a party this Saturday but was running out of time and energy – my mother always made Rose Levy Berenbaum’s recipe, which is delicious but very rich and very time-consuming and fussy. I searched for an easier recipe, compared several, chose yours (thank you reviewers), held my breath, and took a chance.

    This’ll be my go to from now on, and I plan on keeping a batch in the freezer for my husband and I – we had to stop ourselves from eating the whole tray as soon as they chilled.

    I did double the recipe, but used 2 1/2 cups of sugar instead of 3 in the filling, and probably closer to 12-13 tablespoons of lemon juice than 10. I only put in the zest of 3 lemons though. I tasted the filling before cooking and wanted it a bit more tart. Baked for 25 minutes in a 175 (celcius) oven.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    - Windflower on July 28, 2015 Reply
  • I was wondering, do you have to use the aluminum foil to cover the pan? Would using parchment paper suffice?

    - Katherine W on June 22, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Katherine, Parchment would be fine too. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on June 23, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious! Followed the recipe and was delighted by the results. The lemon bars are not as tall/thick as other recipes that I have made, but the taste and texture results were superior. Cookie base provides a nice slightly firm/slightly chewy counter point to the luscious lemon topping which reminded me if a yummy pocket of tangy lemon curd. Best to keep refrigerated until ready to serve since that seems to keep the texture perfect (chewy).

    - Lesley on June 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I was skeptical with this simple recipe, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Thank you!

    - Charlie on May 30, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Luscious indeed!! I tried Jen’s lemon squares recipe for the first time & it turned out really well. The tips with lining the tin is important as it helps keep it all together when lifting it out. I highly recommend this recipes. delightful lemon flavour.

    - bec on May 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve tried making lemon bar after lemon bar with no success, until now! Consistent results after making 3 batches! Thanks for a great recipe.

    - Tanya on April 24, 2015 Reply
  • I hate messing with recipes and am not good at substitutions, but do you suppose I could use potato starch and coconut flour in the crust to make this passover – friendly? I’m doing your almond chocolate cake and was thinking pavlova with lemon curd – but these look so delicious!

    - Laura on March 30, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Laura, I honestly can’t say as I’ve never tried it. These are so wonderful as is; I’d probably stick with the pavlova and wait to make them until after Passover :)

      - Jenn on April 2, 2015 Reply
  • Tried it Loved it !!! its my new go to for lemon bars !!

    - Harold A Wilde on March 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This lemon square recipe has been passed on to so many women! I love making them. Tips or tricks? I skip the food processor and just use two knives to cut in the butter. I hardly ever chill the crust before baking.

    I’ve doubled the filling many times; just make sure there are lots of brown spots before taking it out of the oven if you’ve doubled the filling.

    This is by far the best lemon square recipe I’ve used. Thank you very much OUAC!

    - Danielle P on March 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    It’s always been a joke in our family that someday I’d try to make my husband lemon squares. I thought they would be hard to make, but I finally decided to give them a go using your recipe. I was confident that your recipe would work because I have tried several of them now and they’ve all been wonderful. This one was no exception. The lemon squares turned out perfectly and my family was amazed and delighted that I’d finally done it! I followed everything exactly and wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for your wonderful recipes which you so generously provide on this site.

    - Tess on March 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Best lemon bars I’ve ever made. I added a little more lemon juice because I like mine tart. Was soooooooo good!

    - Corinne on March 19, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made these lemon bars today and can’t wait for dinner! Do you think that these would freeze well? Thanks

    - Mari on February 5, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Mari, They freeze beautifully.

      - Jenn on February 5, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I just made these and they are SO good. Doubled the recipe and made in a 9×13″ pan, baked a few minutes longer. Perfection! Thanks for the recipe :)

    - Andrea on December 19, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are fantastic – lemon squares are my son’s favorite and I’m making these for his return home from University across the country. I know he will be delighted! Thank you!

    - Colleen on December 16, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made these last night and they are exquisite! I used butter because I didn’t have cooking spray on hand and peeling the foil off was a cinch.

    These are delicious, I will definitely make these again!

    - Laurence on October 13, 2014 Reply
  • Would these be as good if you substituted lime and lime zest for lemon?

    - Maggie on October 9, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Maggie, I haven’t tried it myself but do think lime would work. Please let me know how it turns out.

      - Jenn on October 10, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have been making a very nice lemon bar recipe from Gold medal flour cookbook for many, many years, but decided to try these. Wow! So easy to make (love using my food processor for the crust)and the lemon flavor is really the star (super intense but not too tart, and the balance of sweetness was just right). It was unanimous at the dessert table tonight – these lemon bars will replace my old lemon bar recipe in the future.

    - Liesel on July 23, 2014 Reply
  • How would you adjust the baking time for an 8″ square pan? Or would it be the same? Thanks!

    - Renee on May 21, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Renee, It would be about the same.

      - Jenn on May 21, 2014 Reply
  • These turned out TERRIFIC! I brought them over to a friend’s house for dinner, and they were the best lemon squares any of us has ever had, and we’re lemon square connoisseurs. :) I added a raspberry (placed upside down) on top of each square to dress it up. Because the lemons I got weren’t overly tart, I had to decrease the amount of sugar. What I did was before adding the eggs, I taste tested the topping (with just the lemon juice, zests, and flour) and added sugar until it had the right sweet/tart balance. I ended up using only 1-1/4 cups instead of 1-1/2 cups of sugar. It was surprisingly easy to make! This definitely will be my go to recipe for lemon squares. Thank you so much, Jenn!

    - Kim on March 12, 2014 Reply
  • these lemon bars are just perfect with just the right amount of lemon flavor. They are easy to make and will go fast so make a lot of them! Simply yummy!

    - Mary Redmiles on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • I have been in search of the “BEST” lemon bars recipe. I finally found it on your website. I made them last night and they are perfectly lemony and I especially like the shortbread crust. Thanks for the recipe.

    - Janet on July 31, 2013 Reply
  • How Lucky I am to find your recipes page and the recipes being sent on email. I started with the Strawberry Yogurt and have made it many times. It called for 1 lb strawberries and I used 2 lbs. Raves!
    I am going to do the Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing next. along with the Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing.
    I am looking for your candied walnuts for green salads now.

    - Martha Harrison on July 18, 2013 Reply
  • I learned to make the Lemon Bar filling by beginning it as soon as the crust went into the oven and beating the egg mixture continuously, the entire time the crust is baking. When it is done, pour the filling over it immediately and pop it right back into the oven. This works best, I think–try it. Best wishes to all.

    - Margot Fernandez on March 31, 2013 Reply
  • Does anyone know how well these bars freeze? Are they as tasty as usual afterward?


    - Jennifer Smith on March 11, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Jennifer, They freeze beautifully.

      - Jenn on March 11, 2013 Reply
      • You were correct! They did freeze beautifully. Thanks!

        - Jennifer S. on January 29, 2014 Reply
  • I love these lemon squares and will be making some for my daughter’s wedding reception. I made no changes.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    - Jennifer Smith on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • I’m a lemon, lime, citrus over chocolate any day of the week, and twice on Sunday girl… This recipe is the ultimate lemon squares recipe! Thank you Jennifer !!

    - Sondy on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Lemon lovers unite! A perfect and refreshing treat! Your recipes are always the best!

    - Kim Pike on March 9, 2013 Reply
    • can’t wait to try them!

      - Teresa on October 7, 2015 Reply
  • I’m an experienced baker, but a lemon square failure: too gooey, too crumbly, too burnt (oops, can’t blame that on a recipe). I had almost resigned myself to paying $2/bar at the bakery, but gave this recipe one last try. I don’t know if it is the cornstarch in the crust or the genius instruction to dust with powdered sugar after cutting, too hide ragged edges, but this recipe works. The topping wasn’t too tart or too weepy and the crust didn’t disintegrate during slicing. I am so glad to have this reliable and tasty recipe for lemon bars so I can have back my dignity and not feel like a simple bar recipe was always ready to beat me up.

    - Marji on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • These came out better than the Lucy’s Lemon Squares from one of my first cookbooks. I did add slightly more zest than the 1T in the recipe and the lemon flavor was really intense (which I loved).

    - Winston on October 4, 2012 Reply
  • Always in the mood for lemon squares. and Love the fact that we can make the crust in the food processor. Thanks for that info!

    - Holly on October 2, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve always used regular sugar instead of confectioner’s sugar when making lemon bars. Is there a benefit to using one vs the other?

    - Lauren on October 2, 2012 Reply
    • Confectioners sugar is only used for dusting the bars.

      - Jenn on October 2, 2012 Reply
      • Jenn
        I notice in your response to a question that you relayed the confectioners sugar is only used for dusting the bars. In the crust recipe it calls for confectioners sugar. Is this correct? I am not a baker and going to give this a try,.


        - Carrie on April 23, 2014 Reply
        • Hi Carrie, My mistake. I was referring to the sugar in the filling. You are correct that Confectioners’ sugar is also used in the crust. Please come back and let me know how they come out!

          - Jenn on April 23, 2014 Reply
  • Lemon squared are my ultimate favorite. I tend to leave any overhang alone b/c, I love crust too.

    - Karen O on June 24, 2012 Reply
    • delish!!

      - Teresa on October 7, 2015 Reply
  • I had a tea last week for my neighbors and they really enjoyed the lemon bars. They were light and refreshing.

    - Gayle Snyder on June 24, 2012 Reply
  • I did think of one cooking tip. I use a tart pan with a removable bottom (the bottom comes out similar to a springform pan) and that makes removal quite easy.

    - Meredith Loveless on June 23, 2012 Reply
  • These Lemon Squares are as delicious as they look… Sweet and tart at the same time. They are perfect for entertaining, or to keep around for that after dinner sweet tooth! We know we all have one! One tip–use only FRESHly squeezed lemon juice. It makes all the difference in the world when you are baking or cooking. ENJOY!

    - Amy Heimberg on June 22, 2012 Reply
  • The texture of these bars was great! Not too gooey like some other lemon bars tend to be. I thought they were a little sweet, so I may reduce the sugar a little bit next time.

    - Shelley Thomas on June 21, 2012 Reply
  • Try Meyer lemons!

    - Meredith Loveless on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • These look absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    - @nola727 on May 21, 2012 Reply
  • I made this it was so good ! A bit too sweet thou, i will reduce the sugar next time.

    - Lola Macaulay on May 21, 2012 Reply
  • This is my new go to recipe! They were so good!

    - Valerie on May 17, 2012 Reply
  • love lemon bars and am always looking for different versions to try

    - jacquie on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • These lemon squares are wicked awesome!

    - Susan M on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • Yummy!!

    - Susan on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve been looking for a great lemon bars recipe for years now, and this is now my #1 favorite, thanks for sharing, thought it was fabulous!

    - Stacy on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • what a refreshing looking dessert to make for a cookout

    - Glenda on May 15, 2012 Reply
    • 4 stars

      a cookout??

      - Teresa on October 7, 2015 Reply
  • can someone help? I followed the recipe but after only 8 min. with the filling, it was brownish black (burning) so I had to take it out. When I cut into it, the filling was liquid form. I will try lowering the temp. next time, but has anyone else had this problem?

    - ashley thaba on May 3, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Ashley, So sorry you had trouble with the lemon squares. I’m happy to help you troubleshoot. I have a feeling the problem was the oven temp. Was your oven fully preheated? As the oven preheats, there is a big surge of heat that can easily burn your food. You might also want to check the accuracy of your oven temperature…it can often be off by 25°F to 50°F, which can definitely affect your baking results. Simply place an oven thermometer (you can pick one up at most grocery stores) on the center rack and heat the oven for 15 minutes. If your thermometer reads higher or lower than your oven setting (325°F with the oven set at 300°F, for example), you can get the oven calibrated or just adjust the setting in the future to make up for it.

      - Jenn on May 4, 2012 Reply
  • Never had a better lemon bar–anywhere!

    - Alink on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • Best lemon bars I have ever made or eaten anywhere!

    - Alink on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • Best lemon bars ever!

    - Alink on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • wow! love lemon for a end of a meal! great recipe

    - meredith on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • This has become my “go-to” recipe for Lemon Squares. The shortbread base is the best ever and the lemon filling is perfection. Thanks Jenn and Melissa for your efforts!

    - Liz on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • Shortbread and lemons – heaven! I made them for a fund raiser and they were gobbled up right away. Strangers were asking for the recipe, I made a similar recipe, but yours is even better.
    I loved trimming them, for a prettier presentation, too

    - Cathy on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • These were so rich and yummy. I had to cut them in bite-size squares and give some away or I would have eaten the whole lot myself :).

    - Sri on March 3, 2012 Reply
  • These are my new go-to lemon bars! I used a 8 x 8 inch pan which made them a little thicker but they were still divine! They transport well, too – I’ve brought them to church and other people’s houses and they’re always a hit!

    - Anne on March 2, 2012 Reply
  • The best lemon squares I have ever had, such a delight and so refreshing. Love them!

    - Mary on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • is there anything better than a fabulous lemon square? this one is pretty hard to beat.

    - susie dyksinski on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I have a fav lemon bar recipe that my mom always used…but this sets the “bar” even higher!!! Thank you so much for this yumminess!

    - Jennifer Skibins on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Your lemon squares are the best. I love the intense lemon flavor and flaky crust!

    - Jennie on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • These look wonderful. I was wondering if you had any ideas as to whether this could become a coconut lemon bar. Maybe adding coconut oil and some coconut milk somehow?

    - Grace on March 1, 2012 Reply
    • 5 stars

      I added 1/2 cup of coconut before baking and increased lemon juice to 1 cup.

      - Gail on April 29, 2016 Reply
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE lemon bars- this is next on my list of recipes to try!!!

    - Cinthy Tanko on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Just last night I was thinking of lemon squares. I have never had ones that were made with scratch but this looks so good and my cravings are so strong that I think I’m going to go to the store after work to get the ingredients.

    - Anastasia on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I seldom make bars and brownie because I don’t like desserts that are too sweet. (I know, I know…I’m weird) But this is a lovely recipe that has the tartness balanced so well with the sweetness! Love your picture instructions too! So easy to follow.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

    - Amy Tong on February 29, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve never made lemon bars before and was looking for a great recipe. I found it here. These are DELICIOUS as so easy!!!!!! I love your website. My friends and family were raving over them!

    - Sarah on August 9, 2011 Reply
  • Just made these for a Memorial Day dinner party — bit hit with everyone! They turned out perfectly — loved the tin foil trick! Thanks for another great recipe, Jen!

    - Karen on May 31, 2011 Reply
  • love every think i have made from your site. this lemon bars are great but just a little to much sugar for me . keep up with the great food .

    - sonia on March 24, 2011 Reply
  • I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered your blog! Can’t wait to have a look through older recipes. These look fantastic, and the minute I get a chance to get my oven gloves on I will be trying these.

    - Sprinzette on February 27, 2011 Reply
  • Following up on my previous post. I made these for my son’s 22nd birthday today. I substituted gluten free all purpose flour so his roommate that has celiac could enjoy them too and it worked fine. The texture and taste were wonderful. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

    - Danita on February 20, 2011 Reply
  • My goodness, this may be the first time I have ever commented upon the first read of a blog before. I just ate lunch, but your blog has me drooling despite my full tummy. I can tell your blog is definitely an instant new favorite, and I will be making these lemon squares just as soon as possible… YUM.

    - Meghan on February 11, 2011 Reply
  • Absolutely delicious, I could eat the whole tray! Terrific lemon flavor. Make the Sunday Night Roast Chicken too; juice the lemon needed for the herb butter, then save the juice for use in the lemon bars.

    - Bonnie on February 7, 2011 Reply
  • I made your meatballs tonight and they were fabulous. My mom made your lemon squares for a party and people raved about them. Then my friend Kerry just starting dating a guy and made the crabcakes and she said they were a huge hit!

    - patti on February 5, 2011 Reply
  • Made these yesterday–they were absolutely devine–husband loved them too–thanks for sharing!

    - Judy Claggett on February 5, 2011 Reply
  • Hi Kim, You will love the lemon squares but unfortunately the recipe will only work in a 9-inch square. If you use the smaller 8-inch pan, the crust and filling will be too thick. You could probably increase the quantities for the 9 x13, but I’m terrible at math and have no idea by how much. If it helps, I just bought a really cheap 9×9 baking pan at my supermarket (I think it was $10) and it works great. Hope you’ll try them :)

    - Jennifer on February 3, 2011 Reply
  • I SO want to make this recipe, but I do not have a 9×9 baking dish. Only 8×8 or 9×13! oh, I also have a 10 inch glass tart pan. I could cut them in triangle shapes. Any suggestions?

    - Kim McCary on February 3, 2011 Reply
  • My son loves lemon desserts. I’ll have to make these for his upcoming birthday. I love the quote at the end of your recipe. So true…

    - Danita on February 3, 2011 Reply
  • Wow, I made these last night after realizing I needed a little taste of spring time. They are amazing! So moist and just the right amount of tartness. The hubs, who told me that lemon desserts are not his thing, raved about them!

    - NY Baker on January 29, 2011 Reply
  • Absolutely delicious…my lemon bar fan went bonkers over these…thanks for sharing!!

    - Tammy Bane on January 29, 2011 Reply
  • HEAVEN! Super easy to make and so good…I brought them to work and everyone LOVED them!

    - Erica on January 28, 2011 Reply
  • I am not sure if Melissa and I could be friends..I love on chocolate! However I would never turn my head at lemon squares!

    - leslie on January 28, 2011 Reply
  • I can never good enough lemon~ makes me think of spring!

    - Tracy Wood on January 27, 2011 Reply
  • Omigosh! I said to my husband, “onceuponachef needs to put up a lemon bar recipe” because I’ve gone through a couple so-so ones. I knew if you posted one it would be delishes! Thank you!

    - Dani on January 26, 2011 Reply

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