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Swedish Lemon Bars

  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This recipe for Swedish Lemon Bars is the perfect lemon bar recipe! The crust is buttery and flakey, and the lemon custard is sweet, tart, and smooth.



For the Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold, salted butter, cubed

For the Filling

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

To Finish

  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar for dusting


For the Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8 by 8 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray. 
  2. Add flour, powdered sugar, and cubed butter to the food processor and pulse together until crumbly.  Pat the dough mixture evenly and firmly into the prepared pan.  Don’t worry that the dough isn’t holding together just yet.  It will bind as it bakes. 
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until light golden brown around the edges.

For the Filling

  1. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and lemon juice and beat together with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy (about one minute). 
  2. Pour the lemon mixture over the cooked crust, and return to the oven for an additional 20-24 minutes.  

To Finish

  1. Allow the bars to cool completely, then dust with powdered sugar.


  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 153
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Sodium: 71mg
  • Fat: 6.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.9g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 39mg

Keywords: Swedish lemon bars, lemon bars, buttery crust, flakey crust, lemon custard, sweet and tart