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Lemon Bars with Brown Sugar Crust

These lemon bars have a brown sugar crust that is different from the normal shortbread but still very delightful!

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Classic lemon bars are one of my favorite desserts.

There is a vendor at the farmers’ market I frequent that sells them and I always leave with one in my stomach.

When I saw this recipe for Lemon Bars with Brown Sugar Crust in Vegetarian Times, I knew I wanted to try this twist.

The addition of brown sugar makes the crust chewier with toffee notes. It was a really nice change of pace but I will always have a special place in my heart for the classic shortbread bottom.

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Just like the GIF above, these bars were gone in an instant. I don’t think that they even made it until the next day. I seriously ate at least five of these after they were done in the oven. Gooey lemon curd is my weakness and I could eat it by the spoonful.

I gave the 5 or so bars that I didn’t devour to Joe’s parents. Sharing is caring, right? It was more like: “Take these away from me before I fall into a deep yet mouth-watering sugar coma.”

Yield: 12-18

Lemon Bars with Brown Sugar Crust

Lemon Bars with Brown Sugar Crust

The brown sugar crust is a nice addition and twist to the classic lemon bar recipe with shortbread crust we all know and love.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  • 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted and then cooled to room temperature
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. finely grated organic lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  • ¾ cup plus 1 Tbs. sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs. mild-flavored honey
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour


For Recipe Directions visit Vegetarian Times

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate. You may want to spot check this information.

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Monday 17th of March 2014

Oooo, I love lemon bars and I love that you made them with a brown sugar crust. I have a huge weakness for lemon curd, too!

Samantha Seeley

Monday 17th of March 2014

Lemon curd is SO good...


Wednesday 5th of March 2014

I have lemons coming out of the ears here in AZ, will make this soon.

Samantha Seeley

Wednesday 5th of March 2014

Let me know how you like them, Cheri! Thanks for stopping by!

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