Sticky Lemon Bars

Sticky, gooey, and bursting with lemon zing. 

Yummy Sticky Lemon Bars

These sticky lemon bars are the answer to a lot of questions in life, like:

  • Q: What do I feel like eating?” 
    A: “Sticky lemon bars”
  • Q: “What should I take when visiting friends”
    A: “Sticky lemon bars”
  • Q: “What does everyone love?”
    A: “Sticky lemon bars

These bars just have a way of making life better. I’m not sure if it’s the buttery shortbread base or the indulgent lemon topping that does it, but somehow they just make people happy.

I’ve been making these bars for a long time now and they are a hit every time. Because of this, I made them for cafes here in Brno, bake stalls and also in my baking classes and sure enough they went down a treat.

…and you know what? Today is your lucky day, because today is the day I share the recipe with you!

I would love to claim the recipe as my own, but unfortunately I cannot. They come from the very first food blog I ever started reading, which was way back in 2007 sometime. Her name is Angie Dudley but you might know her better as Bakerella. She’s basically the mother of all cake-pops and she is to thank for this recipe. So now I gladly share it with you!

Prepare to be amazed and prepare to be hooked.

These sticky lemon bars are like no other.

To die for sticky lemon bars

Just look at that gooey-goodness! A true lemon-lover’s dream.

Here are a couple of baking secrets to help you bake them to perfection:

  • The base of these bars require the ‘rubbing in method’ just like when making these and these. This means the base is extra tender and melt-in-your-mouth-delicious because the flour proteins are covered in butter and are better protected from forming too much gluten (too much gluten means chewy and tough bars, which isn’t so nice).
  • Note on baking time: When baking these bars, I like to bake them for exactly the suggested time in the recipe to achieve a buttery, soft textured base with a gooey lemon topping. I also like to chop the edges off when cutting into bars and save these ‘scraps’ for snacks. My baking students tell me the crunchy bits are the best part and therefore bake their bars a few minutes longer to achieve a crunchier base. So if you’re like me, bake them for suggested time, but if you like them crunchier, leave them baking for 5 or so minutes extra.

Enjoy!

(P.S. Hooray it’s Friday!)

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Sticky Lemon Bars
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Base
  1. 225g (1 cup) butter
  2. 220g (1 3/4 cup) plain flour
  3. 80g (2/3 cup) icing sugar (plus more for dusting)
Topping
  1. 300g (1 1/2 cup) plain sugar
  2. 30g (1/4 cup) flour
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  5. 1/2 cup lemon juice
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 175 C (350 F) and grease and flour a 20cm x 30cm (9 x 13) pan.
To make base
  1. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and icing sugar. Cut the butter into small cubes and using your finger tips, rub into the flour until combined and crumbly (alternatively you could use a food processor)
  2. 3. Press mixture into bottom of pan and smooth with hands. Bake for 20 minutes or until just golden brown.
To make topping
  1. 4. While the base is baking, prepare topping -
  2. In a larger bowl, sift sugar, flour, and baking powder together and whisk to combine.
  3. 5. Add slightly beaten eggs and lemon juice and mix well. Pour on top of warm baked base and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  4. 6. When cool, dust with icing sugar and cut into desired sized bars (either 12 large bars or 24 smaller bars).
Notes
  1. * Bars are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge and are best before 7-9 days.
Adapted from Bakerella
Adapted from Bakerella
What Sarah Bakes http://whatsarahbakes.com/

5 thoughts on “Sticky Lemon Bars

  1. Hey Sarah I made this tonight and it turned out really good. Thanks heaps. It’s not often that I find a recipe that I didn’t have to adjust timing and oven temperature after the first trial 😉

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