Shortbread Lemon Bars

These sweet and tangy Shortbread Lemon Bars are your new favorite dessert to bring to your next potluck or barbecue! They’re light, fresh, gluten free, and packed with your favorite summer flavor!

THIS is the recipe that was a long time coming. I tested and played around with this recipe a cuhhraazayy number of times. Ok, maybe like five. Five times. And finally, fiiianlly I got it right. 

Shortbread Lemon Bars

There was something about summer and impending backyard barbecues that made me want to make something light and lemony. Something refreshing and summery that has the sweet tangy taste we all love. 

LEMONS!! I have this thing for lemons. When I was living in Philadelphia, I dreamed of the day that one day I’d have a lemon tree. I dreamt I’d go out, pick lemons as I need. Squeeze it into my water. Squeeze it into some lemonade or a salad and bask in the tangy freshness of just-picked lemons. 

Lemons, man. A couple Christmas’ ago I did, indeed, finally get my baby lemon tree. I waited all year for it to bud little lemons, and it did. But then they all needed to be picked at once and so I had the most giant basket or lemons which I got to enjoy and enjoy and enjoy. I’m looking forward to this winter again when I’ll have a new batch of lemons. 

Shortbread Lemon Bars

It’s not the year-round casual lemon picking that I was envisioning. It’s more of a burst of lemon excess and then a dry spell of trying to keep my lemon tree alive. I love it, though. 

So now let’s make something fun and delicious with our lemons! Let’s make these Shortbread Lemon Bars!! They’re gluten free and SO delicious. I can’t wait for you guys to give them a try! 

First make the crust. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil (butter or ghee works too), agave nectar, and vanilla. Once combined, add the almond flour and sea salt. Whisk until completely combined. 

Shortbread Lemon Bars

Line a square 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper. Spread the crust out across the bottom in an even layer. Bake for 13 minutes. 

While the crust is baking, whisk together the lemon filling. SUPER IMPORTANT!! The order that you add the ingredients will determine if the lemon filling looks good or looks terrible. So! Order is important!

In a medium bowl, whisk together the agave nectar, ghee, eggs and egg yolk. Once combined, add the tapioca flour and whisk until combined. Next, slowly drizzle the lemon juice into the bowl while you’re whisking. You want the mixture to be smooth and not separate. 

Shortbread Lemon Bars

Pour the mixture on top of the crust and bake for another 15 minutes. 

After the 15 minutes, pull it out of the oven and allow it to sit in the pan to bring it to room temperature. Once room temp, chill in the fridge for a few hours. 

When you’re ready to serve, slide a knife on any sides of the bars that are touching the pan. Pull the edges of the parchment paper up. and cut into bars. I sprinkled mine with some low calorie powdered sugar, but you can use regular powdered sugar if you wish!

Shortbread Lemon Bars

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Shortbread Lemon Bars

  • Author: Lindsay// The Toasted Pine Nut
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 28 mins
  • Total Time: 48 mins
  • Yield: 16 1x

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These sweet and tangy Shortbread Lemon Bars are your new favorite dessert to bring to your next potluck or barbecue! They’re light, fresh, gluten free, and packed with your favorite summer flavor!


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Ingredients

  • crust:
  • 1/2 cup refined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (honey or maple syrup works too)
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • couple pinches of sea salt
  • lemon layer:
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar (honey or maple syrup works too)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (butter also works), melted or room temp
  • 3 eggs + 1 yolk
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
  • 2 tablespoon favorite powdered sugar (I linked to my favorite low calorie one in the post)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil (butter or ghee works too), agave nectar, and vanilla.
  3. Once combined, add the almond flour and sea salt.
  4. Whisk until completely combined.
  5. Line a square 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper.
  6. Spread the crust out across the bottom in an even layer.
  7. Bake for 13 minutes.
  8. While the crust is baking, whisk together the lemon filling.
  9. SUPER IMPORTANT!! The order that you add the ingredients will determine if the lemon layer looks good or looks terrible.
  10. In a medium bowl, whisk together the agave nectar, ghee, eggs and egg yolk.
  11. Once combined, add the tapioca flour and whisk until combined.
  12. Next, slowly drizzle the lemon juice into the bowl while you’re whisking.
  13. You want the mixture to be smooth and not separate.
  14. Pour the mixture on top of the crust and bake for another 15 minutes.
  15. After the 15 minutes, pull it out of the oven and it to sit in the pan to bring it to room temperature.
  16. Once room temp, chill in the fridge for a few hours.
  17. When you’re ready to serve, slide a knife on any sides of the bars that are touching the pan.
  18. Pull the edges of the parchment paper up. and cut into bars.
  19. I sprinkled mine with some low calorie powdered sugar, but you can use regular powdered sugar if you wish!

Enjoy!! xo

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These sweet and tangy Shortbread Lemon Bars are your new favorite dessert to bring to your next potluck or barbecue! They're light, fresh, gluten free, and packed with your favorite summer flavor! thetoastedpinenut.com #thetoastedpinenut #lemon #bars #shortbread #glutenfree #dessert #healthydessert #potluck #barbecue #summer