Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins

This recipe came from one of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. It is very easy and the taste is fantastic!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For crust: Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Combine flour and salt and add to the butter until just mixed.
  4. Dump dough onto well floured board and gather into a ball, flatten the dough w/ floured hands and press into a 9x13x2 inch baking sheet, building up a ½ inch edge on all sides.
  5. Chill.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned.
  7. Let cool on wire rack.
  8. Leave oven on.
  9. For the Filling: Whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour.
  10. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the filling is set.
  11. Let cool to room temp.
  12. Cut into triangles and dust with confectioner’s sugar.
  13. Store in the fridge.
Most Helpful

These are incredible. I've made them ever since the book came out! Everyone always asks for the recipe. Follow the recipe exactly. Lemon juice from a bottle is not the same as freshly squeezed lemon juice. I tried. It sucked. It's a pain to squeeze all the lemons, but totally worth it!

978609 October 11, 2008

I absolutely loved this recipe. I made this last night and it turned out great. I had no problems making it. The only thing I didn't do was dump the dough onto a board since I didn't want to dirty anything else. :) So, all I did was put flour on my hands and gather it while it was still in the bowl then put in the dish and spread it out and it worked perfectly. One less thing to dirty. Anyway, they are the best!

Inspired Chef Dani April 30, 2008

Absolutely the best lemon bars ever! I have used this recipe for years and I love the thick, almost custard style filling. I made them for my lemon lover husband, and found I love them, too! I have used egg substitute for 3 of the eggs without a problem. Also, have filled in with regular lemon juice if my 4-6 lemons did not give enough juice. Although, I would never substitute all bottled lemon juice!

ChocolateMousse May 20, 2010