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Quick & Easy Lemon Bars

The simplest melt-in-your mouth tangy and sweet lemon bars from scratch. Small batch recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pastry
Servings: 4 bars



  • 50 g butter room temp
  • 15 g powdered sugar
  • 65 g all purpose flour
  • pinch salt

Lemon filling

  • 1 egg
  • 90 g sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 medium lemon juice & zest
  • pinch salt


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream butter and powdered sugar until combined then add flour. Mix until a soft dough form and pat evenly onto the bottom of a baking pan. Bake 18-20 minutes.
  • While the shortcrust is baking, make the lemon filling: beat together: egg, sugar, baking powder, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt. Remove the crust and pour over. Return to the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Cool for half an hour. Dust powder sugar on top, cut and serve.