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Extra springy, extra creamy lemon bars with browned butter raspberries. Hands down one of my favorite sweet bars for spring. These bars are buttery, silky smooth, hinted with vanilla, perfectly lemony, and just sweet enough. This combination makes for a truly simple but delicious creamy, sweet, and tangy filling. Made with a buttery Ritz cracker crust, each bar is then finished off with fresh raspberries tossed in browned butter. A truly decadent spring (or summer) dessert!
Well would you look at that? I finally made a lemon bar.
I’m not sure if this is expected of me or not, but when I decided to make these, I was shocked that I was actually going to do it. For the longest time I just never understood why someone would want to eat a dessert like a lemon bar or a key lime pie. I mean, where is the chocolate? Or at least the sweet fruit filling?
I used to only believe in chocolate desserts. No vanilla, no fruit, just chocolate. To this day, chocolate is still very high on my list, it probably always will be. But as I’ve learned to experiment with new flavors, I’ve really grown to love fruit based sweets. And now tangy citrus sweets too!
This is something I never thought would happen, but here we are! So, today I have some of the best lemon bars to share with you all, and I am so excited.
These bars really are something special, and very different…at least for me.
To be upfront, my original intent was to make a key lime pie. My (soon to be) sister-in-law has been telling me that key lime pie is her favorite dessert. What a coincidence, it’s my brother Brendan’s favorite too. These two must really be meant for each other (it’s my grandpa’s favorite too!). Lyn’s has said that the fact that I do not have a key lime pie recipe here on HBH is truly upsetting.
Clearly I need to make this key lime pie happen, and I was finally going to do it too. But then…I did what I always do, I over-think, and in the end these lemon bars excited me more.
Sorry, I love lemon in my fruity desserts, so the sound of a lemon bar just sounded too good.
The sound of key lime pie? Well, let’s just say it still needs to grow on me. But mark my words, I will get to making a key lime pie. Someday.
Anyway, instead I made these creamy lemon bars. And I topped them with browned butter raspberries. Every bite you’ll take is SO GOOD.
Filled with toasted, buttery Ritz crackers, creamy, sweet lemon, and juicy, buttery raspberries. Mouth watering.
Shockingly, these bars are super simple and very easy. I always thought something like a “fancy” lemon bar would be more involved, but in reality it’s the complete opposite.
To start, make the crust. Traditionally a shortbread or saltine cracker crust is used for a lemon bar/tart, but I love using buttery, salty Ritz crackers. They take things to a better level, and while they’re not fancy, they are so very good. Better than shortbread. Better than saltiness.
While the crust bakes, make the filling. Eggs, sweetened condensed milk, lots of lemon, and a splash of vanilla…seriously so simple.
Pour the filling over the crust and bake for 15 minutes. Yes, just 15 minutes. Again, easy and simple. When the bars come out of the oven you’ll have a lemon bar that’s bright yellow and so pretty.
The trickiest step comes next…chill time. These bars need at least an hour or two in the fridge before they’re ready to be cut. Honestly, the waiting time is hard, but so worth it. Once the bars are cut, you’ll expose the silky, smooth, and very creamy, delicious lemon filling.
Now, the raspberries. You might not think the raspberries are not needed, but please do trust me when I say this, your lemon bars need these browned butter raspberries. It’s the layer of flavor that puts these bars over the top and makes them truly burst with flavor, both light and indulgent.
And let’s be real, browned butter is always the right move. Always.
So with that, I think our week could really use a bright lemon bar, don’t you? If not this week, then at least for your Easter celebrations. Fingers crossed you will all love these just as much as I do!
If you make these creamy lemon bars, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Disappointed with this bars, they seemed not cooked and after 24 hrs in the fridge they never harden, I liked the flavor. How come other recipes call for flour, maybe that’s the missing ingredient??
Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so sorry to hear they did not turn out for you! Was there anything you may have adjusted in the recipe? You could try popping them in the freezer to see if that does anything! Let me know! xx
I have to say… I was super skeptical. I, like you, choose chocolate and vanilla for desserts any day. But this is apparently my father in law’s favorite so I made it for his birthday and WOW, absolutely phenomenal. I loved them as did the family. So flaky, creamy, sweet and tangy! Will be making again
Happy Sunday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe and sharing your feedback! I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Happy Birthday to your FIL:)☀️
So simple and delicious! This has become my go to recipe. I love the combo with raspberries, though I don’t do the brown butter part, but simply cook them briefly with some sugar or honey and some orange juice, until about half of them start falling apart.
Happy Friday!!? Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your review, I am so glad it was a hit! xT
I made this for Easter dinner dessert. 10 out of 10 for sure! You can trust this recipe to be delicious every time! Twice made and a great success. You can’t go wrong with this yummy treat!
Perfect!! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a go, I am thrilled to hear that it was a winner! Have the best week!? xT
Made these the other night for my son and daughter-in-law. They were a huge hit! So creamy and delicious! Will definitely make them again!
Fantastic!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! ?Tieghan
This dessert was amazing! The lemon bars were really good on their own but once they were topped with the raspberries in browned butter the flavour was taken to a whole new level! Served them for company and there wasn’t a speck left on the plates. We all agreed they were the best lemon bars we’d ever had. The fact that they were so easy to make was an added bonus!
Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it!! Have the best week:) xTieghan
Trying to decide between this and the Double Stuffed Key Lime Pie. I like the brown butter raspberries though! Would they be good on the key lime?
I probably wouldn’t recommend that:) Two totally different flavors, try one now and save one for another time! xTieghan