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Lemon bar cookies

Lemon bars in cookie form
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cookies



  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

lemon curd

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice preferably fresh, but bottled lemon juice works
  • 6 tbs butter, melted



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Coat a mini muffin tin with butter or nonstick cooking spray
  • In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add in the flour, baking soda and baking powder and mix until combined.
  • Roll batter into 12 1" balls and push into the muffin tin.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.After taking the cookies out of the oven, immediately press the insides of the cookies down with the backside of a spoon to make a little cup for the filling to go into each cookie. Let the cookies cool completely.


  • In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until smooth. Add in lemon juice and butter.
  • Cook in the microwave for one minute intervals, stirring after each minute until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon (usually 3-5 minutes total) Remove from the microwave. If the curd is overcooked, you can spoon out the bits of egg, or strain the liquid through a sieve.

Putting them together

  • Spoon about a teaspoon of lemon curd into each cookie to fill.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until lemon curd has set. The easiest way to get the cookies out of the pan is to us a butter knife to pop them out of the pan. Sprinkle the cookies with powdered sugar if desired.