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Stack of lemon bars with graham cracker crust.

Lemon Bars with Graham Cracker Crust

These lemon bars with graham cracker crust are super easy to make! They have a buttery graham cracker crust with fresh lemon in the lemon bars.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Chilling Time 6 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 bars
Calories 225 kcal


Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 ¼ cup Graham cracker crumbs 1 sleeve of graham crackers into fine crumb
  • cup Brown sugar packed light or dark
  • 5 tablespoon Unsalted butter melted

Lemon Bars

  • 2 cans Sweetened condensed milk 2 14oz cans
  • 3 Large egg yolks room temperature
  • 2 Large lemons zested
  • 2 Large lemons juiced or ½ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt


Graham Cracker Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 8X8-inch square baking pan with baking nonstick spray. Line the bottom and 2 sides of the pan with parchment paper and spray again.
  • Using a food processor, blend the graham crackers into fine crumbs. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter using a fork.
    1 ¼ cup Graham cracker crumbs, ⅛ cup Brown sugar, 5 tablespoon Unsalted butter
  • Pour the crumbs into the pan. Compact the crust on the bottom of the pan using the back of a measuring cup. Don't press the crumbs up the sides.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.

Lemon Bars

  • Start the bars once the crust is done baking, so it starts to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt. Use a whisk to blend until until smooth.
    2 cans Sweetened condensed milk, 3 Large egg yolks, 2 Large lemons zested, 2 Large lemons juiced, 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • Pour the batter on top of the crust.
  • Bake for 22-26 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the middle no longer jiggles.
  • Place the pan on a cooling rack to cool completely. Wrap in aluminum foil and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight. They taste a lot better when cold.
  • Remove the bars from the pan and use a sharp knife to cut. Optional: top with powdered sugar dusting.


Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 143mgPotassium: 199mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 241IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword easy to make, fresh lemon, graham cracker crust, lemon bars
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