Lemon Bars: A Delightful Treat


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or more all-purpose flour)

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Pour in the melted butter and stir until combined.
  3. Press the dough into the prepared pan, building up the crust 1/2 inch around the edges.
  4. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  5. While the crust bakes, rub the granulated sugar and lemon zest together until fragrant.
  6. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, lemon juice, baking powder, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt on high speed for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  7. Pour the filling over the hot crust.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the bars are set.
  9. Let cool completely, then dust with powdered sugar.


  • Fully bake the shortbread base to prevent the filling from absorbing moisture.
  • Don’t reduce the sugar content, as it’s essential for flavor and texture.
  • Know when they’re done by checking for no indentation when touched.

  • Avoid over-baking, as it can cause cracks.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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