Easy lemon bars have a tart and irresistible lemon filling layered on top of a delicious and simple graham cracker crust. These bars are a crowd pleaser and perfect for any occasion!
Nothing hits the spot like a chilled, tart lemon bar on a hot summer day. The creamy filling on top of a slightly sweet graham cracker crust is heavenly. And the addition of fresh raspberries mixed with a hint of lemon is the perfect touch to these summer bars. Our weekends are packed with BBQs and what better than to bring these easy lemon bars to share.
How to make easy lemon bars
These easy lemon bars can be whipped up in no time. First, I line a 8×8 inch square pan with parchment paper. While the oven is preheating, I mix all the crust ingredients, layer the crust in the prepared baking dish and pop it into the oven for 10 minutes.
While the crust bakes, the filling can easily be prepped in no time. It’s only a matter of whisking together all the ingredients. So easy, right? Pour it right on top of the slightly cooled filling and into the oven it goes. Bake the bars for 15-17 minutes. To check for doneness, slightly shake your baking pan to see if the center is set.
The last step involves prepping your raspberries, another simple step. Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and roughly mash. I usually allow the prepped berries to sit for about 15 minutes before spooning over the bars. This allows for the raspberries to release some of their juices.
4 ingredient lemon filling
Making the filling for these bars is super simple. It only requires 4 ingredients.
- Sweetened condensed milk. This will sweeten the filling as well as add to the creaminess.
- Egg yolks. Thickens the lemon filling.
- Fresh lemon juice. Key ingredient to give you that delicious lemon flavor.
- Lemon zest. Gives these bars an extra pop of lemon flavor.