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Lemon Sugared Shortbread Bars

Lemon Sugared Shortbread Bars are a tender, slightly sweet crumbly dessert with a light lemon flavor. These couldn't be easier to make!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 242kcal


  • 8x8in pan (baking time will need to be adjusted if using different size pan)


  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1/2 tbsp extra for topping
  • 1 lemon zest only
  • 2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt reduce by half if using table salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Wash rind of lemon. Line 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment, creasing sides and corners well. Leave extra parchment hanging over sides to help with lifting bars out after baking.
  • Melt butter and let cool until room temperature.
  • Zest lemon and combine with sugar in a small bowl. Massage sugar and lemon zest with fingers to release oils and infuse sugar with flavor. This should smell delish! Massage for 60 seconds.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together both flours, salt and lemon sugar. Then add cooled melted butter and stir until well combined.
  • Press dough evenly into pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes until edges are just barely golden brown. Err on the side of under baking. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle top with 1/2 tbsp sugar. I find it easiest to do this with a fine mesh sieve to get it sprinkled evenly.
  • Let pan cool for about 3-5 minutes then carefully lift bake out of dish with parchment paper over hang. Transfer to flat surface and cut into bars while still warm. Then let cool completely. If you wait to cut until completely cooled the bars will crumble. They will still be delicious though! Store in airtight container for 5 days.


Sodium: 100mg | Calcium: 15mg | Vitamin C: 5mg | Vitamin A: 468IU | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 39mg | Cholesterol: 40mg | Calories: 242kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Fat: 17g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 21g | Iron: 1mg