Lemon Bars: Lovely, Lively & Luscious
Tart, sweet, smooth and chewy, lemon bars are like four desserts rolled into one. That must be why these sweet treats are so popular; their flavors appeal to just about any sweet tooth.
Lemon bars are perfect for summertime. They require very little cooking, and somehow they’re zesty citrus flavor just seems like the essence of summer. They’re the ideal dessert for any summer party, and they’re so easy to make you can even whip up a batch just because you feel like it.
Lemon bars are also more nuanced than you might think. Of course we have the classic recipe, full of creamy sweet lemon curd and topped with powdered sugar, but we’ve also got some delicious variations. For example, you can get two-for-one citrus with our Lemon-Lime Bars, or how about amping up the flavor with Gingered Lemon Bars? We also love the Lemon Creme Bars, a clever combination of lemon bars and chewy oatmeal cookies.
Yet each recipe stays true to the classic flavors of lemon bars — because after all, the original has just about anything a dessert-lover could ask for!
This classic recipe yields 48 bars, making it perfect for a party or potluck. It also takes just 25 minutes to prep, another reason to serve it at your next get-together!
With sweet and creamy lemon filling between oatmeal cookie crusts, this treat is a delicious twist on the classic. Kids will go crazy for this yummy dessert “sandwich.”
The spicy kick of ginger perfectly compliments the tart sweetness of lemon in this sophisticated dessert. Be sure not to over-bake these; you want the filling to be set only in the center. This will ensure that the bars are still smooth and creamy.
Lime gives these bars an even brighter citrus flavor. We love the option of adding candied citrus as a garnish; it’s easy to make and adds both sweetness and style to the bars.
Fresh blueberries are a beautiful and seasonal addition to classic lemon bars. Cut these bars on a diagonal to create diamonds. This dessert is as lovely as it is delicious.
Looking for more dessert bar recipes? We’ve got dozens and dozens!