Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

These Easy Lemon Bars are a gluten-free dessert everyone will love! A buttery shortbread crust topped with a thick & luscious lemony filling and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, they are the perfect balance of sweet + tart and so yummy! And with just 7 ingredients, these lemon bars are quick + easy to make.

Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars easy baking gluten-free dessert recipe
Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

An Easy Recipe for Gluten-Free Lemon Bars that are perfect for any occasion.

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Put a Spring in your step with these Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars!

If you’ve followed me a while, you know we love bar cookie recipes as they are easy to make and serve. And we love all things lemon so it was only natural that we finally share a Gluten-Free Lemon Bar. And these were worth the wait!

These lemon bars are a gluten-free dessert everyone will love!

They have a perfect texture with a thick buttery shortbread crust topped with a thick & luscious lemony filling and a sprinkle of powdered sugar… a perfect balance of sweet + tart and so yummy!

And with just 7 ingredients, these lemon bars are quick + easy to make.

Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars easy baking gluten-free dessert recipe

So let’s make these Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars!

Here are the ingredients you’ll  need:

Gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum (we use GF Jules, affiliate link)

granulated sugar

salt

butter

lemon zest (optional but recommended)

lemon juice

eggs

powdered sugar (also known as confectioner’s sugar)

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Back to the Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars….

Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars easy baking gluten-free dessert recipe

It is a simple gluten-free recipe that comes together quickly.

First thing you do is make the buttery shortbread crust.

The shortbread crust is just 4 ingredients – gluten-free flour, sugar, salt and butter (plus a 5th, optional but recommended, lemon zest – hat tip to Heather at Happy Kids Kitchen) and comes together quickly.

You mix the dry ingredients, then mix in the butter 1 piece at a time.  Mix well (1-3 minutes) and once the flour and butter combine, mix at a higher speed to form a dough.

Press into your baking pan (and pro tip, I like to use parchment paper with bar cookie recipes so that you can lift them right out of the pan and slice easily) and bake.

Gluten-Free Lemon Bars easy baking gluten-free dessert recipe

While it bakes for just 15 minutes, you mix together the filling.

The lemon filling is a simple blend of lemon juice, sugar, eggs and a touch of flour.

First mix the flour and sugar using a pastry cutter or whisk until well combined so that it is powdery and free of any clumps.

Add to this the lemon juice and eggs and whisk until well combined.

It couldn’t be easier!

Then pour onto the baked shortbread crust and bake!

The key is to not overbake the lemon filling.

I give a range of a few minutes because ovens vary, but what you are looking for is for the lemon filling set but the center should be ever so slightly jiggly like a firm jello if you shake the pan a bit while holding it with oven mitts.

I’ve noticed that it goes from a liquidy center to a set center very quickly in the last few minutes so if you were to check at 15 minutes and it seems liquidy in the center, don’t walk away… it should set in the next few minutes.

Gluten-Free Lemon Bars easy baking gluten-free dessert recipe

Do you notice those air bubbles on top of my baked lemon bars? Some batches have it, some don’t. Either way, it is completely normal. It is just the air from the eggs rising to the surface.

The lemon bars taste the same and as you can see by the photo below, a dusting of powdered sugar after they cool covers up any air bubbles.

Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars easy baking gluten-free dessert recipe

Let the lemon bars cool in the pan at room temperature for 1-2 hours, then let them chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

Slice and enjoy!

They are bright and lemony, sweet and tart, the perfect balance of luscious lemony filling and butter shortbread crust and so delicious!

While my family loves lemon any time of year, they are an iconic Spring dessert and are perfect for spring holidays, bridal or baby showers, brunches and just about any gathering you can think of!

Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars easy baking gluten-free dessert recipe

Hope you love them too!

For more Gluten-Free Bar Cookie Recipes, click here.

Other lemon treats you may love:

Gluten-Free Lemon Bundt Cake

Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread with lemon glaze

Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Bread

Soft Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Lemony Cheesecake Squares with Raspberry Swirl

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Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars easy baking gluten-free dessert recipe

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Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

These Easy Lemon Bars are a gluten-free dessert everyone will love! A buttery shortbread crust topped with a thick & luscious lemony filling and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, they are the perfect balance of sweet + tart and so yummy! And with just 7 ingredients, these lemon bars are quick + easy to make.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert, Cookies/ Bars
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional, Nut-Free
Keyword: easy gluten-free baking, gluten-free lemon bars, lemon bar recipe, sping dessert, easy gluten-free lemon bar recipe
Servings: 16 bars
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Equipment

  • 1 8x8 inch metal baking pan

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • cups gluten-free flour with xanthan gum (we used GF Jules, affiliate link)
  • cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional but adds some extra lemony flavor!)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter softened, cut into tablespoons

Lemon Filling

  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free flour (we used GF Jules, affiliate link)
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • powdered or confection's sugar for topping

Instructions

Shortbread Crust

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Line 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper such that the paper hangs over the edges OR is tucked in in such a way that you can lift the paper right out of the pan when the bars are done.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, add flour, cane sugar and salt to a large mixing bowl and on low speed combine for about 5 seconds.
  • Add butter, 1 piece at a time and continue mixing until a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 2-3 minutes. Pro Tip: once the flour mixes a bit with the butter so it will no longer fly out of the bowl, increase the mixer speed to help a batter form quicker.
  • Using your hands, press the dough into an even layer in the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake 14-16 minutes or until set, edges may start to brown;
  • Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Lemon Filling

  • In a large mixing bowl combine sugar and flour and using a pastry cutter (my preference) or whisk, combine well so that all lumps and clumps are gone and you have a fine powdery texture.
  • Add eggs and lemon juice and whisk until well combined.
  • Pour over warm crust. (Remember the pan will be hot so use an oven mitt as necessary).
  • Bake 17-19 minutes (in a 325 degree F oven) until filling just set.
  • Cool 2 hours at room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator and chill an additional hour.
  • Remove from pan, dust with powdered sugar and slice into 16 squares. Enjoy!
  • Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for 2-3 days.
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6 thoughts on “Easy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

  1. 5 stars
    So easy to make and all my gluten loving family members couldn’t tell the difference. Definitely going to keep this recipe and can’t wait to make them again.

  2. This is such. a great recipe! It was quick and easy plus delicious! It was declared a winner in our family and will be added to our rotation!

5 from 1 vote

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