Sour Cream Lemon Bars

Friday, April 24, 2020
Lemon bars are so popular on the web I think everyone in the world has made them right?

Well, these are just a tad different made with a sour cream filling and a sour cream glaze but still bursting with a lemony pudding style filling.

I just love these sour cream lemon bars, they are not quite as sweet as the original recipe and a lot creamier in texture.

The shortbread crust is just the perfect crunch when biting into these bars and they are great any time of the day with whatever beverage you like.

When I made these recently for my dinner party, everyone loved them, they fresh lemon flavor and the smooth tart filling was the perfect ending to our meal.

I just happened to make my mom's famous lemon baked chicken cutlets with some delicious garlic pizza and a side of ricotta penne pasta.

The lemon bars were a big hit after a big meal and just the right amount when you're so stuffed from a great dinner.

You can even dress them up with a dollop of whipped cream and some lemon shavings for a beautiful presentation.

These certainly brought a little sunshine to a cold winter day with the citrusy flavored lemon gems.

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these are a lemon bars that has a pudding like filling on a shortbread cookie crust made with sour cream in the filling

Easy Dessert

I just love easy desserts that taste like they're hard to make and you worked all day on them like this one.

Don't be fooled because the crust filling and topping are all from scratch, there aren't many ingredients to any of the steps.

In just minutes with a few tools, you will have a great dessert that bakes all together like you've been baking all day!

these are a sour cream lemon bar made with fresh lemons, sour cream baked in a shortbread cookie crust

Tools You Will Need To Make Sour Cream Lemon Bars

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Bowl
  • 8 x 8 square pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Fork or pastry blender
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Grater for zest
  • Lemon extractor

this is a lemon pudding filled bar cookie cooling


  • Using a plastic knife works great for cutting after the bars are cooled or use a sharp stainless steel knife
  • Keep the knife you are using clean in between cuts
  • Always use fresh lemon and lemon zest
  • Storing bars: keep them covered and in the refrigerator up to 5 days
  • These bars freeze well over 5 days place in freezer
  • The bars are cooked when no imprint is left in the center

this is a shortbread cookie crust for lemon bars

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Sour Cream Lemon Bars

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  • Bottom Shortbread Crust

  • all-purpose flour
  • butter
  • powdered sugar

  • Lemon Sour Cream Filling:

  • sugar
  • eggs
  • sour cream
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • sea salt
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon zest grated
  • Topping glaze:
  • sour cream
  • sugar

this is a shortbread cookie crust being mixed with a pastry cutter

More Lemon Recipes

Lemon Ice
Lemon Pasta
Lemon Chicken
Lady Finger Lemon Dessert
Raspberry Lemon Tart
Mason Jar Lemon Dessert

Lemon Pie

this is raw cookie dough shortbread

Other Flavor Suggestions

  • Orange and orange zest 
  • Lime and lime zest

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Crust Substitutions

  1. Use oat or almond flour instead of all-purpose flour
  2. A graham cracker crust can be used in place of the shortbread crust
  3. Refrigerated pie crust can be used as a substitute
  4. Any kinds of cookies crushed made into a crust with butter can be used IE vanilla wafers, shortbread, coconut cookies etc. just add use this recipe for graham cracker crust and substitute

Lemon Lovers

These just shout summer and are the perfect take-along when you need a dessert.

Everyone loves the fresh citrusy flavors and the pudding-like filling is delectable!

These sour cream lemon bars are easy to make and if you do try them let me know in the comments how you like them.

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Yield: 25

Sour Cream Lemon Bars

Sour Cream Lemon Bars

Prep time: 15 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 40 M
They taste very much like a lemon meringue pie with a sour cream baked topping and a shortbread cookie crust on the bottom.


  • Bottom Shortbread Crust
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Lemon Sour Cream Filling:
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest grated
  • Topping Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Optional Flavors:
  • Orange juice and orange zest
  • Lime juice and lime zest


How to cook Sour Cream Lemon Bars

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 x 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. Using a fork or a pastry blender, combine in a bowl the flour, sugar, and butter and mix until a crumbly dough forms.
  3. Press into the parchment-lined pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes until edges start to brown.
  4. In a medium bowl add the filling ingredients and just whisk until all blended together.
  5. Pour over crust and baked 25 minutes until the middle is set.
  6. Mix the sour cream and sugar together and spread evenly on cooked lemon squares and place back into the oven for 5 minutes.
  7. Cool completely.
  8. Cut into squares, cleaning the knife in between cutting rows,  to keep from sticking.
  9. Store bars in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Don't Forget To Try Lady Finger Lemon Dessert, it's such an easy gourmet treat!

these are a lemon bar made with sour cream. There are lemons on a big white plate with the bars some fresh mint and sliced fresh lemon zest with a grater the whole baked plate is in the background

1 comment

  1. I really love to use sour cream in the baked goods. These lemon bars look out of this world delicious and tempting!


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