A decadent brown butter lemon shortbread topped with a sweet lemon glaze! These just melt in your mouth. These bars are the quintessential lemon treat!
EVILICIOUS! . . . . .These browned lemon bars are 100 percent evilicious (that’s a word, isn’t it?). That is the best word I can think of to describe them.I’ve made them four times in the last 10 days and plan on making them again this week, possibly today, because I’m going through browned-butter-lemon-bar-withdrawals (there really is such a thing. . . trust me!).
These are luscious, decadent, and heavenly and you really, really need them in your life. I dropped some off to a baby shower last week and got texts from my friends asking me if those bars I made for the shower were on my blog yet. I am so in love with these bars I can’t even tell you.
They melt in your mouth. If there ever was a perfect bar cookie, these are it! They are perfect on every level and the perfect go-to treat for any party, shower, BBQ, holiday, etc. You can’t eat just one and honestly, it’s hard to even stop at two or three. You will just have to be strong and walk away OR plan on going on a 47-mile walk to burn them off.
Browned Butter Lemon Bars
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1 cup butter
- 3 Tbsp. lemon juice (you can use only 2 tablespoons if you prefer)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 4–5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with foil.
- Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium heat, whisking occasionally. When the butter starts to foam, whisk constantly until it turns brown and fragrant. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Allow the butter to cool, then whisk in 3 tablespoons lemon juice.
- Add the flour, sugar, lemon zest and salt to the butter and beat with a mixer on low speed until just combined. Don’t overmix. Press into the bottom of prepared pan.
- Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes (*See Note) until the edges just barely start to turn golden. The middle will still look under baked, but take them out at this point. Allow to cool completely.
- While bars are baking, make the lemon glaze by whisking melted butter powdered sugar, lemon zest and just enough lemon juice to make a thick glaze. Whisk until smooth and combined.
- Pour glaze over shortbread and allow to set before cutting into bars.
- Watch these bars closely because everyone’s ovens are different. The first time I made these I baked them for the 30 minutes like suggested in the original recipe. They were good, but definitely over baked. The second time I made them I cooked them only 20 and they were much better, but I still wanted them more soft and gooey. The next couple times I made them I adjusted the cook time to 16 minutes and they were just right. So just watch them. If you prefer a crunchier bar, then by all means, bake them longer.
- I’m a frosting girl, so I doubled the glaze recipe which I totally recommend doing. The amounts listed for the glaze are the doubled amounts, if you don’t want as much glaze, just half the amounts that I posted.
- If you don’t want the glaze to have too strong of a lemon flavor, you can use hot water or even milk in place of some of the lemon juice to get it to the consistency you like.
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Brownies & Bars
Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Kevin & Amanda (Thank you Amanda! These are amazing!!!)
Hi! This is the first recipe I’ve made from your blog and also my first experience with browning butter. My review: They are very good in my opinion, but really tart, so make sure you love lemon if you are going to make these! My 3 kids wouldn’t eat them. 🙁 More for me though! Ha!
P.S. The recipe ingredients for bars say 1 tsp zest, while the instructions say add in salt (which is not listed under bar ingredients).
Hi Valerie, I’m sorry you thought these were really tart. I’ve made them several times and everywhere I’ve taken them they have gotten rave reviews and no one has thought they were too tart and my boys loved them. I guess everyone’s taste buds are different. But hey, like you said, more for you! Thanks for catching the typos, I fixed things. Take care.
WOW!!! Love these and so do the boys!! And I had a friend over for lunch and she said she was going home to make a double batch!!