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Lemon Buttermilk Bars

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Lemon Buttermilk Bars- Big Green House

Lemon Buttermilk Bars–Sweet lemon bars with a bit of extra tang courtesy of buttermilk.

Lemon Buttermilk Bars- Big Green House

I fear my lemon themed posts are jinxing mother nature here in the Northern part of Vermont. My last lemon recipe started with “we woke up to a few inches of snow today”. That was the end of March.

Well, today, it’s mid-April and guys…we woke up to snow today. Not a bunch, but, enough to cover the grass and give us a reminder that winter is not quite done around here just yet.

That’s OK. I’m still diving into these lemon buttermilk bars like it’s a mild 65 degrees, the birds are singing and flowers are blooming. A girl can dream 🙂

Ingredients List:

  • Butter
  • Flour + Salt
  • Sugar
  • Lemons
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • Powdered sugar

Butter: Softened

Lemons: Have at least 3 lemons on hand for this one. You will need lemon juice and lemon zest. If needed, of course, you can use bottled lemon juice.

Buttermilk: This recipe requires a half a cup of buttermilk. In my area, finding a small container is pretty tough to do. To avoid buying a big bottle of it, I simply make it in my kitchen! Take a 1/2 cup of regular milk and stir in about a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Let it sit for 5 minutes before adding it to the mix. Works like a charm!

Lemon Buttermilk Bars- Big Green House

How to Make Lemon Buttermilk Bars:

  • Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with foil. Then, spray the foil lightly with non stick cooking spray.
  • Make your base. Mix softened butter with sugar, then, add in flour and salt. Spread the mixture into your prepared pan and bake. Once brown, remove it from the oven.
  • Then, make your filling. It’s best to use your electric mixer for your filling, to ensure it’s well mixed. Pour the filling on top of the base. Make sure it’s evenly distributed.
  • Bake again until the filling is set. You also want the edges to be just slightly brown. Remove them from the oven and cool about 10-15 minutes.
  • Place your cooled bars in the refrigerator for 60 minutes to get cold. Before serving, dust the tops of the bars with powdered sugar.

Puck Up and Enjoy 🍋 🍋

linking up and weekend potluck

Yield: 12 bars

Lemon Buttermilk Bars

Lemon Buttermilk Bars- Big Green House

Lemon Buttermilk Bars--Sweet lemon bars with a bit of extra tang courtesy of buttermilk.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes



  • 6 TBSP ( 3/4 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour 
  • dash of salt


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 2 eggs 
  • zest for 1 lemon 
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice ( juice from 2-3 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with foil. Then, spray the foil lightly with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Make Base: In a mixing bowl, best butter and sugar until creamy. Then, add in flour and salt. Beat until completely mixed.
  3. Spread evenly into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15-18 minutes or until brown.
  4. While crust is baking, make filling.
  5. In a mixing bowl, mix together sugar, flour, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add in buttermilk and beat until smooth.
  6. Once crust is brown, remove from oven. Pour lemon filling evenly on top.
  7. Cook an additional 20-25 minutes or until filling is set and edges are slightly brown.
  8. Let bars cool for about 10 minutes, then, refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
  9. Dust top of bars with powdered sugar before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g

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  1. At Home with Zan says:

    Haha, I love that your lemon recipes are brining in all the snow! We got snow here in PA a few days ago, too!(Insert don’t know emoji)

    All I can say is, these lemon bars caught my attention and I just want to take a big bite of one. Seriously looks delish! Found your post via the Wonderful Wednesday linky party.

    1. Thanks for stopping by..hope your snow melted quickly 🙂

  2. miz Helen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with us on Full Plate Thursday,534. We featured your post and just pinned it!
    Hope you come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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