Light and breezy lemon thyme bars are an absolute must for your Easter table, alfresco brunch, or spring picnic beneath the blossoming trees. These buttery, almost melt-in-your-mouth bars feature plenty of Meyer lemon sweetness with a hint of fresh thyme, making them utterly timeless and ever so sophisticated.

Lemon Thyme Bars

Drizzled with sweet lemon glaze and topped with fresh thyme sprigs, these bright and tangy bars are absolutely irresistible. Wishing all of you and your families a Happy Easter, filled with the joyous reminder of new life!

Lemon Thyme Bars

Lemon Thyme Bars

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Lemon Thyme Bars

  • Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

Bars

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp Meyer lemon zest
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice

Glaze

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp Meyer lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • thyme sprigs, to garnish (if desired)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F and line an 8-inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine sugar, powdered sugar, Meyer lemon zest, and thyme leaves in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute.
  2. Beat sugar mixture and butter in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy; beat in egg yolk and vanilla until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until crumbly. Add Meyer lemon juice and mix in just until combined.
  3. Scrape dough into prepared pan and use a piece of parchment paper lightly coated with nonstick spray to press dough evenly into pan. Bake for 18 to 19 minutes, until edges are lightly golden and top is set. Cool completely in baking pan on a wire rack.
  4. For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, salt, Meyer lemon zest, juice, melted butter, and milk in a small bowl; transfer to a small piping bag. Carefully lift parchment to remove bars from pan and place on a cutting board; drizzle with glaze and let set before cutting into squares. Store leftover bars in an airtight container at room temperature.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 210
  • Carbohydrates: 32

21 comments

  1. These look unreal! Lemon bars are one of the first things I baked with my blog in mind- they never actually made it TO my blog, but I remember snapping a couple pictures and thinking maybe one day I’d post a recipe or two πŸ™‚ These bars are so next level with the addition of thyme. Love it- pinning!

  2. Your fabulous recipe arrived at just the right thyme! I have been out in the garden, pruning and weeding and found that my lemon thyme has overgrown it’s space and is in need of a trimming. Thank you for sharing Laura!

  3. Irresistible, indeed! And so very pretty, Laura. πŸ™‚ I love the fresh thyme addition. As I have said before, you have the best Meyer lemon dessert recipes! Thank you for sharing and I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration!

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