The Best Lemon Bars

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The Best Lemon Bars Recipe
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Little squares of pure sunshine… That’s what I’ve got for you today.

I’m sharing what we think is The Best Lemon Bars Recipe in the whole wide world!

Our Best Lemon Bars Recipe

Lemon bars are a treat I treasure intensely. I’m crazy over the buttery crust, and the tart custard filling. Together they make a delicately balanced dessert that is great for any occasion.

Every time I make them, I secretly want to keep them all for myself.

Making The Best Lemon Bars Recipe

“The Best Lemon Bars” recipe is my personal favorite variation. The bright flavor comes from Meyer lemon juice and zest, and just the right amount of sugar to create a tangy-sweet sensation.

Meyer lemons have a unique lemon essence. They are slightly less acidic than standard lemons, with a light floral after taste.  If you can’t find them, it’s ok to use regular lemons.

How To Make: The Best Lemon Bars Recipe

My surprise ingredient is a layer of white chocolate chips pressed into the crust. The little pops of sweet creamy white chocolate are a lovely contrast to the acidic citrus layer.

Just press them into The Best Lemon Bars crust, then pour the filling over the top.

The Absolute Best Lemon Bars Recipe

After baking, let The Best Lemon Bars cool completely before cutting.

Then slice them into squares or rectangular bars, and sprinkle the tops with powdered sugar.

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Once you taste The Best Lemon Bars, you will understand the intrigue.

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Our Best Lemon Bars Recipe

The Best Lemon Bars Recipe
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The Best Lemon Bars

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
The Best Lemon Bars Recipe Ever! Soft luxurious lemon bars with a bright zippy flavor and soft cookie base. Truly the best lemon squares recipes we've ever tried!
Servings: 36 bars
Nutrition Facts
The Best Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Potassium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.9%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 1.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Crust:
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour, or 2 cups all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
For the Filling:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour, cake or all-purpose
  • Zest of 2 Meyer lemons
  • 2/3 cup fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup whole milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with foil or parchment paper.
  2. For the Crust: Pour cake flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor (or stand mixer.) Pulse in the vanilla extract and melted butter until the mixture is soft and crumbly. Dump the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Press the crumbs into an even layer. Then sprinkle the white chocolate chips over the crust and press them into the dough. Bake the crust for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, zest the lemons, making sure not to zest too deeply. You only want the yellow flesh, not the white bitter skin below. Place the eggs, sugar, flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, and milk in a bowl. Whisk well to combine. Then pour the filling over the baked crust.
  4. Bake for another 20-25 minutes, until the filling is set in the center. Cool to room temperature. Then lift the entire sheet of bars out of the pan by the edges of the foil and cut into pieces. *You can sprinkle the tops with powdered sugar if you like!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: You can leave the bars out at room temperature for up to three days, or refrigerate for up to 10 days.

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16 comments on “The Best Lemon Bars

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  2. lindaposted February 2, 2018 at 12:16 pm Reply

    can you use regular lemons instead of meyer lemons. I cant find them in my area

    • lindaposted February 2, 2018 at 12:18 pm Reply

      never mind, I reread your comments and see that I can.

  3. Katherineposted May 16, 2017 at 9:16 am Reply

    These look absolutely wonderful!! I love lemon bars.

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  5. Gaby Dalkinposted May 11, 2017 at 7:52 am Reply

    So bold and pretty!!

  6. Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessertposted May 11, 2017 at 7:37 am Reply

    A personal favorite of mine and I don’t want to share either!

  7. Learn2Tallyposted May 11, 2017 at 4:32 am Reply

    These absolutely look amazing!

  8. Heather Christoposted May 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm Reply

    I love the white chocolate addition Sommer!

  9. Jenny Flakeposted May 10, 2017 at 6:05 pm Reply

    These are gorgeous!!!

  10. Julie | Table for Twoposted May 10, 2017 at 5:52 pm Reply

    dying over these! lemon bars are always decadent!

  11. Sonuposted May 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm Reply

    I regularly make lemon drizzle cake and will definitely try this it looks yummy! One thing though… I am allergic to all types of chocolate, do I have to use it for this?

    • Sommerposted June 2, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply

      Hi Sonu,

      You can leave the white chocolate out. :)

  12. Marla Meridithposted May 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply

    These lemon bars are so pretty & I bet sooooo tasty!

  13. Mara Lichtyposted May 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm Reply

    These look  tasty!

  14. Betty Lynneposted May 10, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply

    Oh. my. word. White chocolate? I was in love with this recipe already but then I got to the white chocolate step. Now I’m on my way to the store!