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creamy lemon crumb bars

lemon crumb bars

A couple of weeks ago one of my favorite bloggers, Natalie from The Sweets Life, posted about thanking people with food.  As in, when someone does a favor for you, you say ‘thank you’ with cookies.  Or brownies.  Or Muffins.  You get the idea.  I’m definitely on board with this gesture, and I more often than not bake goodies for people when I owe them a thank you.  Since Marc’s parents are watching Maddie all week while we are on vacation, and our sister-in-law woke up way before anyone should have to wake up to take us to the airport for our trip, I decided thank you-baked goods were in order.  (side note: have I mentioned how awesome the family I married into is?!)

The problem with making these bars to share is that Marc and I both wanted to keep them for ourselves.  They’re the kind of dessert that you keep cutting a little slice off, then another, and then another.  They’re addicting, I tell ya.  Not exactly the best problem to have when I was 1 day away from wearing a bikini, so I forced the knife away from yet another sliver, and packaged them up.  You can’t say ‘thank you’ with just 1 piece of a dessert!

I’m always a fan of crumb-topped desserts so I loved the fact that these had the crumb topping and crust.  The creamy filling is made simply of sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest.  I found it perfectly lemon-flavored – not too overwhelming but just enough to complement the crumb crust and topping.  These are a great spring and summer dessert – light, lemony, and delicious!

creamy lemon crumb bars

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 9x9" pan


  • 11/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stick 1/2 Cup butter, at room tempearture
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 can 14 Ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9x9" baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar with electric mixer until well combined.
  • In small bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, and oats.
  • Add oat/flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture and mix to combine.
  • Press half of crumb mixture into the bottom of prepared pan.
  • In small bowl, mix together condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  • Spread onto the bottom layer of the crumb mixture.
  • Top with the other half of the crumb mixture, pressing lightly.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes after baking.
  • Cut into squares and refrigerate for a couple of hours or until cool.
  • Enjoy!
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  1. These bars are seriously dangerous….so so so good!!! This will be my new “go-to” bar recipe. Thanks for thanking us with such sweet deliciousness! (: Have a wonderful relaxing vacation! FYI….Maddie is being perfect!

  2. Oh, my gosh, these lemon bars are to die for and I am not a lemon fan. Be sure to tell your friend, Ashley, to make them. 🙂