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Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars

Ina Garten's Lemon Bars | www.somethingswanky.com

These lemon bars are the last recipe in my Mother’s day Week of Recipes. I’ve been making the favorite desserts of all the mothers in my life this week. Be sure to check out Coconut Cake and Golden Vanilla Pound Cake (for my grandmothers) and Pumpkin Pie (for my mother in law).

Today’s recipe is in honor of my mom. She says that Lemon Meringue Pie is her favorite dessert, but since I’ve already posted that on the blog, she said lemon bars would be okay instead.

My mom is awesome. And just like these lemon bars, everything about her is sunny and bright! (#justcomparedmymomtolemonbars #thatjusthappened) Seriously, she’s truly the happiest, cheeriest, most vivacious person I know. I’m pretty sure she’ll read this and think I’m being too cheesy, but it’s all true. My mom instantly brightens a room, and she has a talent for making people smile.

Beautiful, bright yellow lemons are probably the most perfect fruit to represent my mom.

Ina Garten's Lemon Bars | www.somethingswanky.com

Ina has never done me wrong with a recipe, and these Lemon Bars are no exception. 3 things I LOVE about this recipe:

  1. The crust is incredibly buttery in the most delicious way, and it pairs perfectly with the lemon.
  2. The gooey lemon filling is very creamy, almost custard-like,  which I think is unusual in lemon bars. And after trying these, I think a creamy-gooey lemon filling should be standard!
  3. The top of they bars has a terrific, sugary crisp to it which rounds off a bite in just the right way.

So in a nutshell: buttery crust, creamy-gooey filling, and crispy sugar top. PERFECT!

Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars

Yield: 20 squares


    For the crust:
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • For the filling:
  • 6 extra-large eggs
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • Powdered Sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line a 9x13 pan with foil or parchment, and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the flour and salt until dough forms.
  4. Press the dough into the pan, building up 1/2 inch crust on all sides.
  5. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Chill.
  6. Whisk together all of the remaining ingredients (except the powdered sugar), and pour into the cooled crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes until filling is set. Let cool to room temperature or chill overnight.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar before cutting and serving.


Recipe source: FoodNetwork.com


Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

21 comments on “Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars”

  1. Oh that filling!! You captured it perfectly and it looks so custardy and thick and rich and just perfection! Ina…cannot go wrong with anything she makes and these are gorg! pinned

  2. Yum, lemon-flavored things are my mom’s favorite as well. And trust Ina, always!

  3. I LOVE lemon and these look wonderful. I could eat one now at 7:30 in the morning. HA!!! I don’t make many lemon things because I can’t leave it alone and my hubby isn’t much for it.

  4. Beautiful lemon bars, Ashton! lemon bars are my ultimate weakness. Love the custard-like filling!

  5. Wow, these are gorgeous. Love the filling! I’ve never met a lemon bar that I didn’t inhale in two seconds flat, and I’m sure that these would take even less time to take care of!
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. I am such a fan of Ina’s recipes and have had major success with this lemon bar recipe as well. So glad you’re sharing this as well!

  7. Wow, these look like the perfect lemon bar! I love how thick and gooey the filling is and that perfect sugary crust!

  8. This may be the perfect lemon bar, I love that the filling is creamy and not gelatinous like some, and the fact that it comes from Ina just makes it all the more perfect <3

  9. Aww what a sweet post! I love that you compared your mom to lemon bars! They are fabulous and I bet your mom is too!

    Isn’t Ina amazing?! I absolutely must try these bars! Love the thick lemon layer! No thin bars here! Pinned!

  10. I do have one question you said there’s a sugary crunchNess on top but you don’t put any sugar before you bake it I don’t understand

    • It’s just the way they bake up :) Some of the sugar from the filling separates and creates the crunch up top. It’s yummy!

  11. can these be frozen for a few days?

  12. Hi Ashton
    It looks really yummy. When you say two stick of butter how many gram you mean? 
    Many thanks

  13. I made these and while I love the texture and the lemony goodness, they were way too sweet. Next time I make them, I will reduce the sugar by half.

  14. Looks sublime;) I do, however, have a jar of lemon curd in my pantry that I haven’t been able to use as yet. Could I use the curd for the filling instead?

  15. Ina, thank you for sharing this great looking recipe. I can’t wait to try it, lemon is my favorite I can taste it already.

  16. It says 6 extra large eggs… I use large eggs by the case, so how many large eggs would that be.

  17. my batch is in the oven right now as I type. On the last ten mins. The smell in my house is SPRING!!  I made a vanilla wafer crust. I hope it turns out ok. I was pressed for time but it’s baking up beautifully. 

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