Aunt Jenny’s Lemon Bars

Aunt Jenny’s lemon bars have an irresistible, creamy bright lemon filling nestled atop a buttery shortbread crust. They are the most heavenly fruit-based dessert.

More delightful desserts to try: Fruit Pizza Cookies, Raspberry Thumbprint Shortbread Cookies, and Layered Berry Trifle.

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Lemon bars are an ideal dessert to serve no matter the season. After all, who can resist the creamy lemon filling combined with the shortbread-like crust?

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They’re pure perfection where desserts are concerned. And we’ll let you in on a little secret — lemon bars are fairly simple to make. You can whip up these scrumptious treats with a total time of less than an hour (including both baking and prep time)!

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Our Aunt Jenny’s lemon bars recipe only calls for 6 ingredients: butter, salt, powdered sugar, flour, eggs, and lemon juice. For thicker lemon bars, you’ll want to use a 9×9 pan.

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You can certainly also use a 13×9 pan which will yield more bars that are a bit thinner. If you use a 9×9 pan you may have to add a few extra minutes to ensure the lemon filling bakes fully.

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To achieve the desired texture, we suggest sifting the powdered sugar coating through a fine mesh strainer onto the baked lemon bars. These bars also chill well overnight in the refrigerator and can be served cold — in fact, many people prefer their lemon bars chilled as opposed to fresh from the oven.

Just let them come to room temperature in the baking pan on a wire rack and wrap tightly with plastic wrap before storing.

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  • Zest: Add lemon zest, in addition to the fresh lemon juice, to the filling mixture for even more bright lemon flavor.
  • Extract: Add a small amount of vanilla extract to the filling mix to round out the flavors.
  • Flour: Instead of all purpose flour, try using your favorite flour alternative.
  • Salt: Try adding a pinch of salt to bring out the flavors in filling.


You don’t need many tips or tricks to make the best lemon bars. Aunt Jenny made it simple!

  • Whether you use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or an electric mixer, while mixing scrape the sides of the bowl to incorporate all ingredients.
  • Wait until the bars fully cool before dusting with powdered sugar.
  • After you remove the baking dish from the oven, place it on a cooling rack to allow the bars to cool.
  • When storing, either place the bars in a single layer or separate them with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Excited to make our Aunt Jenny’s lemon bars? Let us know what you think of this lemon bars recipe in the comments section below. We love to hear about your baking adventures!

Aunt Jenny’s Lemon Bars

A quick and perfect recipe for lemon bars.
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Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes



  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • 4 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup flour


  • Mix all crust ingredients together in a mixing bowl to form a dough.
  • Press dough into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined 9×9 or 13×9 pan.
  • Bake 15 min at 350 or until golden brown.
  • Add all filing ingredients to a mixing bowl. Beat with whisk until combined.
  • Pour filing on top of the crust. Bake for 25 min at 350.
  • Let bars cool and then sprinkle with extra powdered sugar.
Servings: 12
Cost: 8

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