Confession: as I write this, I am eating one of these Easy Meyer Lemon Bars for breakfast with my coffee. OH MY GOODNESS, these are good. When we planted a Meyer lemon tree in the spring, I knew I wanted to make something extra special with its fruit. This recipe definitely fits the bill, AND it’s super easy to make!
There’s a surprising amount of variety out there for lemon bar recipes. Some call for separating egg yolks, while some call for baking the crust and cooking the lemon curd on the stovetop. Some are filled with a firm filling, some with more of a pudding-like consistency.
I wanted to make lemon bars that really featured the delicious Meyer lemons in all their tart, sweet glory, and make it as easy as possible. I whittled the options down to a recipe that only uses one bowl and one pan, does not require that you cool the crust before filling it, and uses whole eggs rather than just the yolks. I’m never making lemon bars any other way again!
Meyer lemons are not your average lemon. They are known to be sweeter than other varieties- so sweet, in fact, that you can eat the fruit by itself! This means they are a bit less acidic, and it also means you can use less sugar in the bars to sweeten it. With five whole eggs and plenty of lemon juice and zest, these scrumptious dessert bars actually maintain some nutritional value, despite the sugar and refined flour used to make them.
Not that we care too much about nutrition in our desserts, especially around the holidays, right? Right.
(Pardon me for a moment while I go retrieve a second Meyer lemon bar from the kitchen for breakfast…)
Yum. That’s better. I’m going to have to lock my fridge and throw away the key pretty soon here.
To make the crust, just mix together some butter, powdered sugar, a little bit of salt, and flour. It will be a bit of a crumbly dough that sticks together when you press it, kind of like a more doughy pie crust. Press it into a well-greased large baking pan, and bake until starting to brown.
Then, pour the topping on the crust after it’s cooled for only a few minutes- a mixture of 5 whole eggs, sugar, Meyer lemon juice and zest (from about 4 Meyer lemons), a pinch of salt, baking powder, and a little bit more flour to help firm it up. Bake until set, allow to cool, and you’re done!
Unless of course you want to get fancy and garnish the bars with more powdered sugar, lemon zest, blackberries, and mint. It makes them extra pretty to bring to holiday parties or take photos for your food blog (haha).
I have 5 of these delicious Meyer lemons left. What should I make? Maybe this Iced Ginger Honey Lemon Tea? Give me your other suggestions in the comments below!
Here’s the recipe for these super easy Meyer lemon bars.
Easy Meyer Lemon Bars
For the Crust:
- 2 sticks 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups flour
For the Topping:
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup Meyer lemon juice from about 4-5 lemons
- 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest from about 4-5 lemons
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup flour
- extra powdered sugar lemon zest, blackberries, and/or mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
- Liberally grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with butter. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, mix the softened butter, powdered sugar, and salt on high until well combined.
- Add the flour and mix on low until dough begins to just stick together and clump up (you should be able to form it into a shape easily with your hands, and you shouldn't see any visible flour).
- Press the dough mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
- Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until just starting to brown.
- Meanwhile, to make the topping: In the same mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, juice, zest, salt, and baking powder until well combined and pale in color.
- Add the flour and mix until smooth and not lumpy.
- After crust has baked, turn the temperature down to 325 degrees F.
- After the crust has cooled in the pan slightly (you should be able to touch the pan without a potholder), pour the topping in.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until set (it shouldn't wiggle when you shake the pan gently).
- Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for at least 20 minutes.
- Cut into squares and top with powdered sugar, blackberries, lemon zest, and/or mint leaves, if desired.