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Lemon Drop Bars

These Lemon Drop Bars are extra creamy and topped with candied lemon zest for the BIGGEST lemon flavor possible! So easy to make, deliciously sweet and tart, you'll find this treat hard to resist!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter melted

Lemon Filling

  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest


  • candied lemon zest recipe below
  • powdered sugar optional

Candied Lemon Zest

  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp key lime and/or lemon zest optional


Graham Cracker Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Spray an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in a small bowl and stir until combined.
  • Press the graham cracker crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and press down firmly. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to really pack it in.
  • Bake the graham cracker crust for 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Lemon Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Whisk the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice and zest together in a medium bowl.
  • Pour over cooled crust and bake for 25 minutes. Let the bars chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Candied Lemon Zest

  • Combine lemon zest and sugar in a small bowl toss together gently making sure the zest is completely coated with the sugar. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the candied lemon zest over the top of the cooled bars along with the powdered sugar if desired.
  • Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.