Glazed Lemon Pie Bars

My daughter adores lemon desserts and I wanted to make something she’d love.

However I’ve made umpteen lemon desserts over the years including a Better-Than-Starbucks Copycat Lemon Bread, lemon Cookies, multiple lemon Bars, lemon cakes, and was trying to think of a new and unique lemon dessert.

Glazed Lemon Pie Bars - Buttery soft crust with luscious lemon filling and a lemon glaze boosts the bold lemon flavor even more!! If you like lemon pie, you'll love these easy bars that are so much easier than making pie!!

Then I remembered that the Glazed Cherry Pie Bars I recently made would be great with a lemon filling. I swapped cherry pie filling for lemon filling and topped the bars with a lemon glaze to boost the lemon flavor even more.

The crust is buttery, soft, and tender while the filling is juicy and luscious with the perfect amount of sweet-yet-tart flavor. And pie bars are so much faster and easier than making a pie. A definite bonus.

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Glazed Lemon Pie Bars - Buttery soft crust with luscious lemon filling and a lemon glaze boosts the bold lemon flavor even more!! If you like lemon pie, you'll love these easy bars that are so much easier than making pie!!

I baked the bars using a 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan and appreciate that they don’t turn out overly thick. However, you could probably use a 9×13-inch pan noting the bars will be thicker and the baking time will be longer.

It’s a great recipe for parties, events, and holiday celebrations because it makes enough to feed a crowd. But not an issue here with my little lemon lover.

Glazed Lemon Pie Bars - Buttery soft crust with luscious lemon filling and a lemon glaze boosts the bold lemon flavor even more!! If you like lemon pie, you'll love these easy bars that are so much easier than making pie!!

Glazed Lemon Pie Bars

The crust is buttery, soft, and tender while the filling is juicy and luscious with the perfect amount of sweet-yet-tart flavor and a lemon glaze boosts the lemon flavor even more. Pie bars are so much faster and easier than making a pie which is a definite bonus. I baked the bars using a 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan and appreciate that they don’t turn out overly thick. However, you could probably use a 9×13-inch pan noting the bars will be thicker and the baking time will be longer. It’s a great recipe for parties, events, and holiday celebrations because it makes enough to feed a crowd.

Ingredients:

Bars

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or 1/2 teaspoon if you love almond extract; lemon extract may be substituted)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • two 23-ounce jars lemon pie filling

Glaze

  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted if yours is particularly lumpy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (lemon extract may be substituted)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice, as necessary for consistency

Directions:

  1. Bars – Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan with cooking spray; set aside. Optionally, line the pan with a sheet of foil and spray with cooking spray. The advantage is you can lift the bars out by the foil and cut them more neatly on a cutting board.
  2. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and handheld electric mixer), add the butter, sugar, salt, and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the extracts and beat on medium-high speed to incorporate, about 30 seconds.
  5. Gradually add the flour and beat on medium-low speed to incorporate, about 1 minute.
  6. Turn about 75% of the dough out into a prepared pan and spread with a spatula to create a smooth, even, flat layer. It’s sticky, tacky, and requires some patience, but just keep spreading and finessing it into the corners.
  7. Add the pie filling and spread to evenly distribute leaving a 1/4-inch bare margin from edges of pan. It spreads while baking and trying to prevent filling from sticking to sides of pan is advised so it doesn’t burn.
  8. Drop remaining dough by 2-teaspoonfuls over pie filling. It’s very sticky and I find it easiest to use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop  filled about halfway. The dough will spread together somewhat as the bars bake.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes, or until dough on top and around the edges is very lightly golden brown. Allow bars to cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  10. Glaze – To a medium bowl, add the confectioners’ sugar, extracts, and enough lemon juice to reach desired consistency. Evenly drizzle glaze over the bars and serve immediately. Bars will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days, noting crust will soften as time passes. I like the bars at room temp but my family enjoys them chilled. They will keep in the fridge airtight for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Adapted from Glazed Cherry Pie Bars

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19 comments on “Glazed Lemon Pie Bars”

  1. Your lemon-loving daughter must be having the best time! Nothing beats a pie bar. Crust is food of the gods!

  2. I love a good crust–especially one that tastes like a sugar cookie! I also adore almond extract so it sounds like the perfect “little something” to add to these bright sunny bars. Pie filling is a great short cut too–I bet most flavors would work well with that crust!

  3. Yummy! Lemon is my favorite, so this is definitely my type of dessert. Love!

  4. I like your Friday dessert recipes.  :)  Anything bright and cheerful hits the spot at this time of year–this sounds yummy and oh-so-springlike.  

  5. I want these in my face RIGHT NOW!! Oh, how I love lemon. I just made lemon pie yesterday…but I want these more!

    • I was thinking of you the whole time I was making this! Between your pies, your pie bars, and your love of lemon, I think you would have loved them. Too bad you don’t live closer because it made a huge sheet pan full!

  6. yummy! These look amazing!  I love lemon to!

  7. Dear Averie, Love your web site, but just wish that the glazed lemon bars had a “from scratch” recipe for the lemon filling, rather than a pre made jar filling. Would a basic lemon curd recipe work with this or would it be too soft?

    • I have only made the recipe with jarred lemon filling and can’t speak to the results with a scratch lemon curd. I’m sure it would be fine but it’s a step I didn’t take so can’t speak from experience.

  8. I love lemon!!!

  9. Averie,
    Your bars look delicious. I don’t get to have lemon desserts often enough.
    Annamaria

  10. I love this dessert! Lemon is one of my favorite flavors and this bar turned out amazing. I used the 9×13 pan and increased the cooking time to 45 minutes and they were perfect. I can’t wait to try your lemon bread recipe.

  11. Hi Averie – I love your blog and of course, the recipes. These look amazing. I had trouble finding the lemon pie filling near me. After four grocery stores I gave up and got it on Amazon. Now that I have the pie filling, I have one question- I don’t have a jelly roll pan. If I’m using a regular cake pan as you said was okay, how long should I bake?

    • I used the storebrand at Ralph’s (Kroger) grocery store, the ‘Private Select’ or ‘Private Reserve’ something like that, just for the future.

      Not baking in a jelly roll pan is something I haven’t personally tried so cannot say for sure. Watch closely, you’ll see the top browning. I’d take it out at that point for sure!

  12. Thank you for getting bs k to my comment so quickly. Would you recommend d that I get a jelly roll pan just to play it safe?

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