Lemon Crumb Bars

Lemon Crumb Bars

Lemon Crumb Bars are a delightful combination of tangy lemon filling and buttery oat crust, creating a perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors in every bite. These bars are easy to make and perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a brunch, enjoying a dessert, or simply craving a zesty treat.

Why Make Lemon Crumb Bars

Lemon Crumb Bars offer a burst of citrusy freshness that is both refreshing and satisfying. The crisp oat crust provides a delightful contrast to the creamy lemon filling, making these bars irresistible to anyone who tries them. Whether you’re a fan of lemon desserts or looking for a new recipe to impress your friends and family, these bars are sure to be a hit.

Ingredients For Lemon Crumb Bars

Oat Crust

  • Quick-cooking oats
  • All-purpose flour
  • Light brown sugar, packed
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Unsalted butter, melted

Lemon Filling

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Large egg yolks
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven and prepare pan: Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a 9×9-inch pan with parchment paper.

Oat Crust

  1. Prepare oat crust: In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Pour melted butter over the mixture and mix until crumbly. Be careful not to overmix.
  2. Reserve topping: Measure out half of the mixture (about 2 cups) and set it aside for topping later.
  3. Press crust into pan: Pour the remaining mixture into the lined baking dish and press firmly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool slightly.

Lemon Filling

  1. Prepare lemon filling: In a large bowl, add sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt. Mix until smooth and creamy.


  1. Spread lemon mixture: Spread the lemon mixture evenly over the baked oat crust.
  2. Add crumb topping: Crumble the reserved oat mixture over the lemon filling.
  3. Bake: Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  4. Cool and serve: Let the bars come to room temperature, then refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. These bars are best enjoyed at room temperature.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Lemon Crumb Bars as a delightful dessert or snack alongside a cup of tea or coffee. They are perfect for parties, potlucks, or simply as a sweet treat to enjoy any time of day.

Lemon Crumb Bars Storage Info

Store leftover Lemon Crumb Bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Bring them to room temperature before serving for the best taste and texture.

Tips and Techniques

  • Be careful not to overmix the oat crust to ensure a crumbly texture.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor in the lemon filling.
  • For a variation, try adding a layer of raspberry or blueberry jam between the oat crust and lemon filling for an extra burst of fruity flavor.

FAQs about Lemon Crumb Bars

Q: Can I use store-bought lemon juice instead of freshly squeezed? A: While freshly squeezed lemon juice is recommended for the best flavor, you can use store-bought lemon juice as a substitute if needed.

Q: Can I freeze Lemon Crumb Bars? A: Yes, you can freeze these bars for up to 1 month. Allow them to cool completely, then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Q: Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter? A: Yes, you can use salted butter, but be sure to reduce the amount of additional salt added to the recipe to avoid oversalting.

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