Lemon Bars

Author: Natasha Hermann

“Old Grandpa King used to say, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’. So that’s what we have to do. Make lemonade.” -Olivia Dale

Sour but delicious, lemons bars are the perfect snack alongside afternoon tea. Impress your guests with this simple lemon bar recipe! For more Avonlea recipes, take a look at our Youtube Playlist, or take home the recipes yourself with the Avonlea Cookbook.

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Freeze Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

40 minutes

Total Time:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Serving Size:

12 squares

Inspired By:


Lemon Curd

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp butter


  • 1 and 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 10 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/4 lemon juiced


  1. Firstly make the lemon curd. Add the sugar, egg yolks and lemon juice into a double boiler on the stove top and mix together. Keep mixing until everything is dissolved.
  2. After about 10 minutes, remove from heat.
  3. Add butter to the lemon mixture and mix until melted.
  4. Pour the contents into a new bowl, wrap in plastic wrap and let cool in refrigerator.
  5. Mix together the ingredients for the shortbread: flour, sugar, butter and lemon juice.
  6. Roll our the dough on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake the shortbread 35 - 40 minutes at 325ºF.
  8. Remove the shortbread from oven, then pour the lemon curd on top of the shortbread. Spread evenly. Sprinkle with brown sugar if you desire.
  9. Place the pan in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  10. Cut the dessert into squares and enjoy!


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