Lemon bars

This easy lemon bars recipe is made with 5 ingredients, including lots of freshly-squeezed lemon juice to make these lemon squares nice and tangy and not overly sweet.

Raise your hand if you grew up loving lemon bars!

Granted, I’ve long been the girl who will make a beeline for lemony anything on a dessert table. But back in the days of church basement summery and potlucks picnics and bake sales galore, these classic lemon bars (or as they were also called, “lemon squares”) were always my absolute faves. I’ve always loved the balance of the buttery and rich shortbread crust paired with that famous creamy lemon filling. And over the years, I’ve tinkered around with the recipe until I’ve learned how to make these lemon bars just the way I like them — perfectly tangy and lemony, not overly sweet, and made with the perfect ratio of flaky shortbread to creamy filling.

Best of all, I’ve also simplified the recipe down to just 5 easy ingredients with 15 minutes of prep time. So you can whip up a quick batch anytime you’re feeling those lemony dessert vibes to share with those you love!

We’ve actually already baked up a few batches this spring to take to various share and parties with friends here in Barcelona. And — as continues to be our experience as expats here — it has been so fun getting to introduce our European friends to the magic that is lemon bars for the first time! Before they made it back home to her husband, our neighbor lady who runs an antique store down beneath our flat actually confessed to us last week that she ate the entire plate of lemon bars that we brought her. And another friend immediately begged me for an “American baking lesson” to teach her how to make them for herself. And yet another friend has already requested them for a party next week. Clearly, the whole world loves a good lemon bar. )

So grab a handful of fresh lemons, and let’s bake up a batch of this sunshiny dessert together!

Easy Lemon Bars Ingredients:

These lemon bar ingredients couldn’t be easier! You simply need the following 5 ingredients:

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