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Gooey Lemon Bars

These gooey lemon bars are made with all-natural ingredients and are a great dessert for any occasion. With a tart lemon filling and a sweet, buttery crust, these bars are a citrusy treat with a deliciously tangy lemon gooey filling that will leave you wanting more.

Lemon bars dusted with powdered sugar.

There are two components: the buttery cookie crust on the bottom and the luscious lemony topping. A sprinkling of powdered sugar on top of the cooled bars is the perfect finishing touch.

Lemon lovers will love the creamy top and the zesty lemon flavor. The lemon layer is made with fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and eggs. It’s important to use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.

The cookie crust is made with flour, butter, powdered sugar, natural flavoring, and baking soda. The baked results have notes of toffee which perfectly offsets the tart lemon filling.

Let’s look at how to make this citrus treat!

Ingredients

Cookie Crust Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup softened butter (1 1/2 sticks of butter)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
Ingredients to make gooey layer of lemon bars.

Gooey Lemon Filling

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 1/2 lemons)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

Optional Topping

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Lemon slices

How To Make Lemon Bars

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. To make the bars easier to remove after baking, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.

Add the cookie crust ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix at low speed for 2 minutes until the consistency is crumbly.

Place the crust mixture into the prepared pan and use your fingers to press firmly to create a compacted even layer

Bake the crust for 22 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack or towel. 

In a mixing bowl, add the lemon custard ingredients. Whisk by hand or mix on low using a stand mixer for 2 minutes until the consistency is smooth and silky. Pour the lemon custard over the crust.

Lemon bars in a baking dish before being baked.

Baking Time

Bake for 25 minutes. Use a toothpick to make sure the lemon custard comes out clean.

Place the 9×13 baking dish on a cooling rack for 1 hour until cooled. Transfer to the fridge for 2 hours or until chilled.

Sift powdered sugar over top and cut into 20 bars. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Two lemon bars on a black plate.

Do lemon bars need to be refrigerated?

Yes. Wrap them in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes 

  • The crust does not need to cool beyond the time it takes to prepare the lemon custard.
  • Garnish with powdered sugar and sliced lemon on top of each bar, if desired.
  • Use a glass baking dish, ceramic, or stainless steel pan. Do not use a thin metal pan, as the lemon bars might taste metallic.
  • The bars may seem wobbly and not fully set, even though the toothpick comes out clean, but they will continue to bake while cooling.
  • The chill time is extremely important for the bars to be completely set.
  • These can be gluten-free by replacing the all-purpose flour with gluten-free all-purpose flour.
Lemon bars dusted with powdered sugar.

Gooey Lemon Bars

These lemon bars are made with all-natural ingredients and are a great dessert for any occasion. With a tart lemon filling and a sweet, buttery crust, these bars are a citrusy treat with a deliciously tangy lemon gooey filling that will leave you wanting more.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 47 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 222kcal

Ingredients

Cookie Crust Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest

Gooey Lemon Filling

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

Optional Topping

  • ¼ cup Powdered Sugar sifted
  • Lemon slices

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. To make the bars easier to remove after baking, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the cookie crust ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix at low speed for 2 minutes until the consistency is crumbly.
  • Place the crust mixture into the prepared pan and use your fingers to press firmly to create a compacted even layer
  • Bake the crust for 22 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack or towel.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the lemon custard ingredients. Whisk by hand or mix on low using a stand mixer for 2 minutes until the consistency is smooth and silky. Pour the lemon custard over the crust.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Use a toothpick to make sure the lemon custard comes out clean.
  • Place the 9×13 baking dish on a cooling rack for 1 hour until cooled. Transfer to the fridge for 2 hours or until chilled.
  • Sift powdered sugar over top and cut into 20 bars.  Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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Lemon bars dusted with powdered sugar.

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