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Sugar Cookie Lemon Bars Recipe

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These sugar cookie lemon bars have all the deliciousness of sugar cookies, but without the rolling and cutting.  This tasty lemon bars recipe is topped with a to-die-for lemon buttercream!

Lemon Bars Recipe

Easy Sugar Cookie Lemon Bars

I will never say no to a good sugar cookie! As much as I enjoy rolling them out and cutting them into fun shapes, sometimes I just don’t have the energy for it, and that’s where these sugar cookie lemon bars come in. They’re just as delicious as regular sugar cookies, but so much quicker and easier to make. These delicious sugar cookie lemon bars are a twist on my basic sugar cookie bar recipe, and I love their bright, sunny, lemony flavor!

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

I am in love with all things lemon (seriously, I have a Pinterest board devoted just to lemon recipes) and these cookie lemon bars are that perfect balance of tart and sweet. The lemon adds great flavor but definitely isn’t too sour or overpowering. These cookie lemon bars are also creamy and sweet and perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth (and trust me, I have a killer sweet tooth!). This easy lemon bars recipe is definitely one you have to make!

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

The Best Lemon Bars Recipe

5 from 4 votes

Easy Sugar Cookie Lemon Bars Recipe

These lemon sugar cookie bars have all the deliciousness of sugar cookies, but without the rolling and cutting. Topped with a to-die-for lemon buttercream!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword desserts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 Pan
Calories 160 kcal


for the cookies:

  • 1/2 cup 4 ounces butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

for the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup 4 ounces butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon milk or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 drops yellow food coloring


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Line a 9 x 13 pan with foil or parchment and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest and beat until fragrant. Add the egg, egg white, sour cream, vanilla, and lemon extract, and beat until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix to form a crumbly dough.
  3. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan in an even layer. Pierce the dough with a fork every few inches to prevent it from bubbling while baking. Bake 17-20 minutes, or until light golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  4. When the cookies have cooled, beat together the butter and powdered sugar. Add the lemon juice, milk, and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Add the food coloring and beat on high until light and fluffy. Spread the frosting over the cooled cookie bars in an even layer.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Sugar Cookie Lemon Bars Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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