Classic Lemon Bars with Shortbread Base

These delightful lemon bars combine a crisp, buttery shortbread base with a bright and tangy lemon topping. The base is a simple blend of flour, softened butter, powdered sugar, and a pinch of salt, creating a perfectly sweet and crumbly layer. The lemon layer is a vibrant mixture of fresh lemon juice and zest, eggs, sugar, and a touch of flour and baking powder to set the filling. Baked until the lemon layer is just set and the shortbread is golden, these bars are then cut into squares and dusted with powdered sugar for a classic, elegant finish.

Why You’ll Love This:

  • Perfect Balance of Sweet and Tart: The lemon layer offers a refreshing zing that complements the sweet base.
  • Buttery Shortbread Crust: Provides a delicious contrast to the creamy lemon topping.
  • Simple and Elegant: Ideal for tea parties, brunches, or as a sweet snack.
  • Easy to Make: Requires basic ingredients and straightforward preparation.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Loved by both adults and children for its classic flavors.

Ingredients: For the Base:

  • 200 g flour
  • 120 g softened butter
  • 50 g powdered sugar
  • A pinch of salt

For the Lemon Layer:

  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g sugar
  • 60 g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Juice and zest of 3 lemons (approx. 120 g juice)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (356°F). Line a 27 cm x 20 cm baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Mix flour, butter, powdered sugar, and salt. Press into the dish and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  3. For the lemon layer, combine sugar and lemon zest, then add flour.
  4. Stir in eggs, lemon juice, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Pour over the baked base and return to oven for 20-25 minutes until set.
  6. Cool completely, cut into squares, and dust with powdered sugar.

Serve and enjoy these refreshing and tangy Lemon Bars, a perfect treat for any occasion! ☺️🍋🍰✨

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