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Sweet + Citrus Orange Lemon Bars

A sweet and tangy twist on a classic lemon bar recipe. We used fresh orange and lemon juice for a burst of indulgent flavor in these ooey-gooey lemon bars.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 bars
Calories 204 kcal
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  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour plus++
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1 orange juice and zest
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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For the Crust

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x12 baking dish with foil (to make lifting out easy). Lightly spray the foil with non stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups of the flour and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Cut the cold butter into small pieces. Add to the flour mixture and using a pastry cutter or the back of a fork, cut the butter until it is in pea-sized pieces. Half way through, add 1/4 teaspoon of orange zest and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest.
  3. Press the crust mix into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  4. While the crust is baking, in the same bowl, whip eggs on high for about 3 minutes until light and frothy. Reduce speed to low, and beat in the sugar, remaining flour, baking powder, salt, 1/3 cup of the combined citrus juice, 1 tsp orange zest and 1/2 tsp of lemon zest.
  5. When combined, pour over the prepared crust. Return to the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the filling is set.
  6. Remove from the oven and carefully lift the foil and transfer to a wire cooling rack. Let cool completely, sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired, cut and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet + Citrus Orange Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 161mg 7%
Potassium 63mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 17g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6.6%
Vitamin C 9.6%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.