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Lemon Poppy Seed Bars

  • Author: shaemakes
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 18-24 1x


Lemon bars with a poppy seed twist! These lemon bars are sweet, tart, gooey and oh so delicious. The perfect treat for any occasion!



For the crust:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds

For the Filling:

  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup passion fruit juice, or an additional 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 3/4 cup sugar


  • 1/31/2 cup powdered sugar



For the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor or stand mixer add butter, flour, sugar and salt. Mix on low if using a hand mixer until incorporated or pulse a few times until incorporated if using a food processor.
  3. Stir in the poppy seeds.
  4. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and then spray liberally with cooking spray.
  5. Press the dough into the parchment lined pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven.

For the filling:

  1. Whisk together all filling ingredients until smooth.
  2. Slowly pour the filling onto the crust and return to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. The mixture should still be somewhat jiggly but not liquid still.
  3. Remove and let cool completely before transferring to the fridge for a couple hours to set up completely.
  4. Once cool, remove from the fridge and dust the top with the powdered sugar.
  5. Cut into squares and serve.
  6. Store leftovers in the fridge.
  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: lemon bars, lemon dessert, citrus dessert, dessert idea, lemon poppyseed, poppyseed, lemon poppyseed bars