These simple Lemon Bars are sure to win your heart. They’re zesty, slightly sweet, and beyond easy to make!
I can never turn down a tangy lemon dessert. Coconut lemon bars and lemon cheesecake bars are my usual go-to's when I'm in the mood for something tart. I also really like this lemon tart made with a gluten-free crust.
But recently, I may have had the best lemon bar I’ve ever tried from this quaint Amish bakery. Yep, we are right in the thick of Amish country.
If you drive all the way down the main road next to my neighborhood, you are likely to witness horse-drawn carriages and miles of farmland. It’s quiet and peaceful out this way.
When I saw little Amish bakery I just had to go in and take a peek at their goods. The shelves were stocked with homemade bread, cookies, pies, brownies, lemon bars, hand pies, jams, butters… so much good stuff.
I think we walked out of there with one of everything. But what stands out the most is the zesty lemon bar. It was perfection!
I have been craving lemon bars ever since. It should be no surprise that I was compelled to recreate these bars myself. The balance between the tangy lemon and sugar was spot on.
I love a tart lemon bar that isn’t overly sweet. And these bars are just that!
The crust is like a buttery shortbread cookie. It doesn’t get much better than that!
I bake it for about 25 minutes before adding the lemon filling on top. This allows for the crust to get nice and crispy so it can support the filling without becoming a combined mess.
The lemon filling is tart, creamy, and has the right balance of sweet. For the best flavor, make sure to use fresh lemon juice. Not the bottled stuff. It really does make a difference.
This filling is made with eggs, sugar, flour, salt, and lemon juice. Everything gets whisked together in one bowl and poured right over the hot crust. Bake it for another 25 minutes to set the filling and you're done.
It’s too easy.
The bars need to cool completely and then chill in the refrigerator for a few hours. This is to ensure that they won’t go all over the place once you cut into them.
This is truly my favorite lemon bar recipe!