Tangy Lemon Bars

Tangy Lemon Bars

Tart lemon bars with a buttery pat-in-the-pan crust and a tangy lemon filling make them a favorite.

30 min. prep time
36 bars
848 Ratings



2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened


2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder


1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablepoon Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice


Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine all crust ingredients in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

Press mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 18-22 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.

Combine all filling ingredients except flour and baking powder in same bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Add 1/4 cup flour and baking powder; beat at low speed until well mixed. Pour filling over hot, partially baked crust. Continue baking 23-25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon butter and vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, gradually adding enough lemon juice and scraping bowl often, until desired glazing consistency. Drizzle over cooled bars. Cut into bars.

Recipe Tip

- To cut bars into diamonds, make diagonal cuts across the length of the pan. Make a second set of cuts parallel to the short side of the pan.

- Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories: 150

Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 35mg

Sodium: 60mg

Carbohydrates: 25g

Dietary Fiber: <1g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #2520©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Crust was very tough. That ruined the bars. Filling and top was good, though.
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Norene, sorry to hear the crust didn't turn out as expected. We'll take a look in the kitchens to see what could cause this. Thanks!
Posted November 10, 2015
These were a big hit, and I'll definitely make them again sooner or later.
The crust came out hard.
I made these for Easter and they were delicious!! Easy too. There are three steps to making them, but all three are simple. One tip -- go easy on the glaze. It's VERY sweet.
FABULOUS recipe! I've always made the other recipe which is alot more work. The only thing I think I would do is add some lemon zest to the crust. Everyone went wild over these and half the pan disappeared in no time. I like the glaze instead of the powdered sugar as well and I don't like overly sweet things. The flavor in these bars just explode in your mouth. Yum!
I made this recipe on March 24, 2011 and again on March 27th because everyone that tried it was asking for more! It is a 5 star recipe for sure. Be sure to let it cool completely before trying to cut it or it does not cut well and you will have to eat your mistakes. I know, as I got two extra pieces that way!
This was so easy to make and just wonderful to eat. We liked it so much I took a piece over to my neighbor who lives alone. She was thrilled.
This is a very good lemon bar recipe. I like the icing for the top instead of the powdered sugar. Very good,and easy.

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