FOOD: Lemon Bars

Hi there Made By Girl readers, Amanda here from A Life Well Lived again. Today I am sharing one of my favorite dessert recipes - lemon bars.  These treats are perfect to bring to a shower or brunch, as well as snack on at anytime.

These lemon bars are made with a layer of sweet and flaky brown sugar shortbread that is topped with a creamy lemon filling. They are sweet and tangy and all together delicious.  

I love “lemony” desserts. This was a recent taste bud shift but given the choice, I might choose a lemon dessert over a chocolate dessert. Gasp,  I know! 

It is purely psychological yes, but I feel like I won’t be as full if I go for the lemon dessert.  Plus is a great way to end a meal with something tart and not overly sweet.

Also, I am a Florida girl so there is always a soft spot for citrus in my heart, not to mention in my belly!  So here is my version of the perfect lemon dessert.


Lemon Bars 
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3/4 cup of lemon juice 
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest 
1/2 cup all purpose flour 
powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 325°F. Line  8”x8” square pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with non-stick spray. Using electric mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add brown sugar and beat well. Mix in flour and salt until just combined (do not overmix). With your hands or a spatula, press dough into the prepared pan. Bake until shortbread is brown, firm at edges, and slightly soft in center, about 35 minutes. 

Meanwhile, whisk sugar and eggs in medium bowl until blended. Stir in fresh lemon juice, zest and flour, Pour lemon filling over hot crust. Bake until filling is set in center and begins to brown on top, about 30 minutes. Transfer pan to rack and cool completely. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Cut into triangles or squares and dust the top with powdered sugar. 

Make about 20 lemon bars.

- post by amanda



  1. These look incredible. Perfect recipe choice for Spring!

  2. How delicious! Love following your blog! Have a great week!love, Jamie Herzlinger

  3. stop posting these delicious recipes, i get fat! :D .. it looks so delicious again.. :)

  4. oh man, lemon bars are seriously the best! I need to find a good gluten free recipe though!

  5. One of my favorite non-chocolate desserts. These look so pretty!
    xx, Angelica

  6. I am a sucker for a good lemon bar. I've only made them from a package, but I'll definitely have to try this from scratch version.

  7. You are amazing!
    London, UK


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