Ultimate Copycat Trader Joe’s Lemon Bars


Trader Joe’s Lemon Bars

Making in our ultimate Trader Joe’s lemon bars is an easy copycat recipe that requires only a few ingredients, and you are rewarded with an amazing treat. If you love lemon, you will love this dessert. Plus, you can also change up the flavor if you don’t care for lemon and make it into an absolutely amazing treat. Check out the step-by-step instructions below and how you can make this easy dessert today.

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Trader Joe’s Classic Lemon Bars

If you love Trader Joe’s classic lemon bars, you are going to be thrilled with our copycat recipe that will help you make and enjoy these delicious bars any time from the comfort of your home. This is a surprisingly easy recipe to make, and you are rewarded with the delicious goodness of classic lemon bars. These lemon bars are also perfect for any occasion, no matter if it’s spring, summer, winter, or fall, you just can’t go wrong with these tasty treats. 

Lusciously Lemon Bars

Our copycat recipe for Trader Joe’s lemon bars will help you to make these delightful bars that are lusciously lemony. They are so packed full of a balance of sweet and tart lemon goodness that they taste lusciously delicious. These bars are so amazing, they just might be your new favorite. (If you don’t like lemon, never fear, there are other flavor options as well!)

Trader Joe’s Classic Lemon Bars have a crispy buttery crust with a sweet and sour lemon filling.

When you make your own homemade Trader Joe’s classic lemon bars you will be delighted with the crispy yet buttery crust that is topped with the sweet and sour lemon filling and sprinkled with a bit of powdered sugar for a well-rounded delicious lemon treat. The buttery crust helps them to feel like they are melting in your mouth, and the lemon filling is just so good it’s hard to adequately describe the delicious flavor. 

Trader Joe’s Super Lemony Lemon Bites: Split decision

The question is whether to go to Trader Joe’s and buy lemon bars, or to try making them. This does not have to be a difficult decision to make. Homemade Trader Joe’s lemon bars are absolutely amazing, and you get to enjoy them while fresh, refrigerated, or even frozen. 

Taste. The taste of these lemon bars is a nice balance between sweet, savory, and zesty. They are not overly sweet, not overly sour, but a nice balance that tastes delicious. 

Overall.  Overall these lemon bars taste great, they’re quite easy to make which is always a plus, and they go great for any occasion. You can cut them into small bite-sized pieces, or serve them in larger bars. No matter what, it’s really hard to go wrong with these delicious lemon bars.

Visual rundown. Visually, a copycat recipe for Trader Joe’s lemon bars is appealing to the eye. These bars have a nice crust that is creamy in color, topped with a layer of lemon, which has a nice yellow color to it allowing it to remind you of spring no matter what time of year it really is. To finish off, these lemon bars can be dusted with a coating of powdered sugar, to give them extra appeal to the eye. 

Classic Lemon Bars omg delicious

Perhaps you have never tasted the lemon bar for yourself, if that’s the case you are definitely missing out. Classic lemon bars taste absolutely delicious. The copycat recipe for Trader Joe’s lemon bars tastes very much like your classic bars and are the best.

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Trader Joe’s Classic Lemon Bars


Copycat Trader Joe’s classic lemon bars are made from scratch but made to replicate what Trader Joe’s sells. These bars have a crust that is topped with lemon mixture and finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar. All around it is a delicious treat to enjoy. 



1 cup butter, soft
½ cup powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 pinches salt


6 eggs
2 ¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup lemon juice (3 lemons)
¼ cup all-purpose flour 
2 Tbsp lemon zest, optional


¼ cup powdered sugar


Step 1: Preheat Oven

The oven to 350°F. While your oven is preheating, place your pan in the oven so that the glass warms at the same rate as your oven. 

Step 2: Crust

To start making your crust, melt your butter, then add into a small mixing bowl with powdered sugar, flour, and salt. Stir just until mixed together. Spray the bottom of your 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and pour in your crust. Pat it down with your hand so that it is solid. Place it into the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until it begins to brown around the edges. Remove from the oven. 

Step 3: Lemon Filling

While your crust is baking, in a mixing bowl combine eggs, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and flour. Whisk to combine. Add lemon zest and whisk just until mixed in. 

Step 4: Bake

Pour your lemon filling, into the pan with your pre-baked crust. Cover the top of your pan with aluminum foil so that your bars do not overbake on the top. Place back into the oven, and bake at 350°F for another 15 to 20 minutes. 

Step 5: Dust

Remove from the oven, and dust the top of your bars with powdered sugar. Allow your bars to cool completely before serving. Then serve and enjoy. 


Do not use aluminum or another metal pan because the lemon will react to the metal. For best results, you will want to use a glass or ceramic 9 x 13 pan. 

The Nutritional Information 

We have placed the following nutritional facts upon the specific ingredient that we used in the recipe above. Please note that if you change any of the above ingredients, the nutritional facts will change as well. Please also note that we have determined the above recipe contains approximately 15 servings or 15 bars. We have based the following nutritional facts on one serving size equaling one bar, or 1/15th of the above recipe. 

Nutrition Facts

We have estimated that one lemon bar contains approximately 448 cal. We have also estimated that one lemon bar contains 14.5 g total fat, 98 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 74.4 g total carbohydrates, and 6.9 g protein. 

Looking for something other than lemon?

Perhaps you would like a flavor other than lemon. If this is the case, don’t worry the above recipe can easily be adapted to fit a variety of flavors.

Trader Joe’s Fruit Frenzy Bars Raspberry, Lemon & Strawberry

The three main flavors that are easily adaptable for the above recipe for lemon bars are strawberry bars, and raspberry bars. To adapt the above recipe to fit these flavors, you will want to substitute lime juice for the same amount as Lemon juice mentioned above. However, if you want to use strawberries or raspberries this is slightly different as you can’t really use juice. We suggest crushing or blending fresh strawberries and raspberries then mixing your filling together. You can also use orange juice to make orange bars as well.

Lime Bars: Substitute ½ cup lime juice for the lemon juice and include 2 Tbsp lime zest. 

Orange Bars: Substitute ½ cup orange juice in place of the lemon juice called for. You may also add 2 Tbsp orange zest. If you really like orange flavor, try adding 1 tsp orange extract as well. 

Strawberry Bars: In place of the lemon juice called for, crush or blend 1 cup of strawberries. Include 1 tsp lemon juice to help increase the overall flavor. 

Raspberry Bars: Take ¾ cup raspberries and crush or blend them. Add to the above bar recipe in place of the lemon juice. Also, include 1 tsp lemon juice to increase the overall flavor. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Trader Joe’s 12 Classic Lemon Bars seasonal?

Trader Joe’s sells two different versions of lemon bars. Trader Joe’s frozen classic lemon bars are not a seasonal item; however, their lemon bar mix is a seasonal item. 

Does Trader Joe’s sell lemon bars?

Yes, Trader Joe’s sells frozen lemon bars, and seasonally sells a lemon bar mix for purchase. 

Are Trader Joe’s 12 Classic Lemon Bars good?

If you love lemon foods, you will probably enjoy the lemon bars from Trader Joe’s. However, if lemon is not your thing, you probably should steer clear. 

Storing Copycat Trader Joe’s Lemon Bars

Supposing you have made the above recipe for our copycat Trader Joe’s lemon bars, you are now wondering how you should keep them good for a while. Below are two options for storage of your delicious homemade lemon bars. 

Trader Joe’s Lemon Bars, Frozen Dessert 

Freezing. If you would like to save your lemon bars for later, freezing them is always a great option. To freeze your lemon bars, you will want to place them into a freezer-safe bag then seal them securely before placing them into the freezer. Store in the freezer for up to one month.

Refrigerated Lemon Bars

Refrigerate. Another good option if you plan to eat your lemon bars faster, is to store them in the refrigerator. For best results, you will want to place your lemon bars into an airtight container, then place them in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

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Classic Lemon Bars

Classic lemon bars are the perfect sweet treat or dessert for any occasion. No matter the time of year, they seem like a taste of spring and have a lovely lemony flavor that tastes amazing. These desserts are also easy to make, and only require a few ingredients, which is fantastic. 

The Bottom Line

The bottom line about these bars is that the above recipe can easily rival Trader Joe’s original bars. With the above recipe you can make these lemon bars anytime you wish, and only need a few ingredients to make them. They are an easy treat to make, and one that most everyone will enjoy.

Trader Joe’s Lemon Bars

Our copycat recipe for Trader Joe’s lemon bars is easy and delicious. These homemade bars taste fabulous and only require a few ingredients to make. Don’t take our word for it though, give these delicious lemon bars a try today and see what you think.

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