Lemon Meringue Bars Recipe


If you love Lemon Meringue Pie, you will definitely love these Lemon Meringue Bars.  So delicious and easier to make than a pie!



Lemon Meringue Bars Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Lemon Meringue Bars Recipe
Servings: 24 Lemon Meringue Bars
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Extra butter, softened (for greasing pan)
Lemon Filling:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 6 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, grated
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Meringue Topping:
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
Lemon Meringue Bars Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Adjust oven rack to middle position.  Lightly butter a 13- x 9-inch baking dish and line with parchment paper or wax paper allowing edges to come over the sides.

  2. Prepare Crust.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes and then bake until golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes; remove from oven, place on a wire cooling rack, and let cool slightly.  After crust is finished baking, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

  3. Prepare Lemon Filling and pour over the top of the baked crust.

  4. Prepare Meringue Topping.  Spread prepared Meringue Topping over hot lemon filling, being careful to spread to edge of pasty to prevent shrinkage during baking.

  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the filling feels firm when touched lightly.  Remove from oven and transfer the pan to a wire cooling rack and cool for 30 minutes.  

  6. After cooling, grasp the parchment paper and carefully lift the lemon bars onto a cutting board.  Cut into serving size squares or bars, wiping your knife clean between cuts if necessary.

Crust Instructions:
  1. Pulse flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a food processor. Add butter and blend, 8 to 10 seconds, and then pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle mixture into prepared baking pan and press firmly into an even layer with slightly raised sides to hold in the filling.

Lemon Filling:
  1. While crust is baking, make the Lemon Filling: In a large saucepan over low heat, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, and water; simmer until translucent. Whisk in egg yolks gradually. Whisk in lemon zest, lemon juice, and butter. Remove from heat.

Meringue Topping:
  1. Check out my hints and tips on making a Perfect Meringue.

  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine cornstarch and water; bring to simmer, stirring until mixture thickens and turns translucent. Remove from heat and let cool./In a large bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla extract until frothy. In a small bowl, combine cream of tartar and sugar; add to egg whites, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until soft peaks form. Slowly add cooled cornstarch mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time; continue to beat until stiff peaks form.



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Lemon Bars Deluxe
I have found that it is hard to find a really good lemon bar recipe, as some have too much crust and not enough filling while others are not lemony enough.  Here is the recipe that I recommend.  It is just right!

High Tea Lemon Cookies

This is an old-fashion recipe that is very rich and delicious.  Be prepared though, all your friends will want this recipe after they taste these delicious cookies.

Lemon Melt Away Cookies

As the title says, “These cookies literally melt in your mouth!”  These cookies have a shortbread-like texture and taste wonderful!

Lemon Sable Cookies
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