The ‘Gate Plate: The Best Lemon Bars

Simple and scrumptious recipes for college students.


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The Best Lemon Bars

SERVES: 10 people

PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME:  40 minutes

EASY TIPS: You can add a layer of your favorite jam as a delicious twist to the classic lemon!


Shortbread Based Crust:

  • 12 tablespoons butter, chopped
  • 1 ⅓ cup of all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Butter a square pan.
  2. Combine ingredients for the crust in a bowl. It is okay if it is a bit crumbly.
  3. Add the shortbread dough into the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and just set, between 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven.

Lemon Filling:

  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Alter the oven temperature to 350 to prevent burning of the filling.
  2. Combine filling ingredients in a bowl. Pour over the prepared crust.
  3. Bake until filling is just set, about 20 minutes.
  4. Let the bars cool completely and serve with powdered sugar.