Glazed Lemon Bars

CATEGORIES: Bars and Brownies

Lemon bars are one of those things like Lost and Oprah that I know, in theory, I should love, but when it comes down to it, there’s something about them that I struggle with. The Best Lemon Bar Recipe

And it doesn’t totally make sense–shortbread? Good. Lemon? Good. Powdered sugar? Good. But my problem is those stupid eggs. I’ve mentioned it again and again, but I really don’t like anything with any overly eggy flavor and that seems to be why I don’t love most lemon bars (or lemon meringue pie, for that matter). I do love, love, love Sara’s Creamy Lemon Bars because I think the cream cheese helps with the egginess, but regular lemon bars usually just make my throat close up.

Except for this recipe.

The Best Lemon Bar Recipe

I don’t know if it’s the sweet, lemony glaze or if the proportions are just different enough from other lemon bar recipes or if the baking time is just a little shorter (thus avoiding the horror of overcooked eggs–seriously, stuff nightmares are made of!), but these are not only my favorite classic lemon bars, but the only classic lemon bars that I’ll eat. And I will eat way more of them than I need to, so if my local friends and neighbors suddenly find lemon bars on their doorsteps, you know where they came from!

The Best Lemon Bar Recipe

First, you need to preheat the oven to 350. Then, for the shortbread crust, you’ll just need flour, powdered sugar, and butter. You’ll whisk your flour and powdered sugar together and then cut in the butter. A quick shortcut is to use a cheese grater to grate a very cold stick of butter right into your flour.  Then it’s super easy to mix it up with your fingers!

The Best Lemon Bar Recipe

And then transfer the mixture to a 9×13″ pan lightly coated with cooking spray.

The Best Lemon Bar Recipe

Gently press the mixture into the pan so it’s even, and then bake it for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is light golden around the edges.

While the crust is in its last few minutes in the oven, use an electric mixer on high speed to mix together the filling ingredients: eggs, sugar, strained lemon juice, a little flour, and some baking powder.

The Best Lemon Bar Recipe

Mix it for about 3 minutes or until it’s very, very pale yellow. Then pour the mixture over the warm crust…

The Best Lemon Bar RecipePop that baby back into the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top is very light golden brown. Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely.

When the bars are completely cool, whisk together a cup of powdered sugar with a few tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and then spread it over the cooled bars.

The Best Lemon Bar Recipe

Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, cut into squares, rectangles, or triangles

The Best Lemon Bar Recipe

(or hey, circles, parallelograms, or octagons if you’re feeling adventurous–who am I to stop you?!) You can sprinkle grated lemon zest or additional powdered sugar on top of the bars (although these are quite sweet already and more powdered sugar might be overkill). Prepare yourself for lots of love and compliments, even from people who claim to not love lemon (like my husband) or lemon bars (like me).

The Best Lemon Bar Recipe


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  1. Also a faithful watcher of Lost who was like What?? when it ended here.

    I haaate eggy flavor as well. Like the german pancakes. I call those sweet eggs. blick!

    If ever I try a lemon bar, it will be these 🙂

      1. I love lemon bars and anything lemon. I have never met a lemon anything i dont like. But i totally agree about eggy items! german pancakes are definitely on my list of things i strongly dislike! its like eating eggs, although id much rather eat scrambled eggs or something!

  2. I’m laughing that everyone has to first register their vote for or against Lost! Ha! I only got through the first 4 episodes, then had a baby and DVRd the next three years, never to watch but using up my whole DVR. Whoops!

    I’m a BIG fan of Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars – (I think the key is that the filling has tons of lemon zest). But your recipe looks to-die-for! The glaze, are you kidding me? Yes! Even though I am a lemon bar fan, I’ve always hated the messy, inhale-able powdered sugar on the top! Can’t wait to try these!!!

  3. I actually think a lot of those questions were answered satisfactorily. There’s also a 12 minute epilogue to the series (Google “Lost Epilogue Online” to find it) that explains a few things. We just finished watching the series all the way through a second time, and watching it the second time I started to view the whole series as a sort of dialogue between science and religion; there are some things that can be explained by science (women can’t stay pregnant because a hydrogen bomb was detonated on the island), but there are many things that fall into the island’s religious schema. Like many things religious, some times you don’t completely understand the logic of it all (scientifically explain water into wine to me?), but you accept its truth because you have faith.

    I’m not saying Lost is a religion we should practice, but when I view the series as a representation of the relationship between reason and faith, many of those unanswered questions don’t bother me as much.

    When in doubt, I always assume it was the smoke monster’s fault.

    And the lemon bars look delicious. 🙂

  4. OMG! I have those same questions for LOST. That was a great video. The lemon bars sound so good and I have been wanting something lemony.

  5. those look amazing! But I thought Lost was the best finale I ever saw of any finale! But each to their own! Love your website and the cookbook is to die for every single thing I’ve made from it was amazing!!!Thank you!!

  6. I totally feel you on the lemon thing. I really like lemon, but I struggle with lemon bars/lemon desserts.

    I’m the same way with key lime, too. (I’m sure there are people who would disown me as friends because of that statement.)

    I guess it’s just a preference thing for me. I’ve always subscribed to the mantra: “If it’s not chocolate, it’s not dessert.” So I guess that kinda tips my hand about how I feel about fruity desserts. 🙂

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