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Old Fashioned Lemon Curd Bars
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Classic Lemon Bars

The classic lemon bar with shortbread crust, lemon curd filling and a dusting of powdered sugar on top. Recipe includes a gluten free option.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 200kcal



  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened Or dairy free margarine such as Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • 1 ¼ cup flour - gluten free or regular I used Bob's Red Mill all-purpose gluten free flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup lemon juice about 3 lemons
  • ¾ teaspoon lemon oil Make sure it's food grade lemon oil or substitute the zest of one lemon
  • cup flour - gluten free or regular I used gluten free
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Stir together crust ingredients in a medium bowl. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the filling. Place all filling ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium low until completely combined. Pour into cooled crust. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. Let cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar using a mesh strainer. Cut into squares and serve. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.



Don't have food grade lemon oil? Substitute 1-2 teaspoons of lemon zest.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg