lemon poppyseed bars

Lemon Poppyseed Bars

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Lemon Poppyseed Bars are Spring’s version of a brownie. Light and chewy and bursting with lemon flavor, these bars are studded with poppy seeds and covered in a lemon glaze. 

lemon poppyseed bars

When most people think of spring baking, they think of lemon flavored desserts. Citrus is available year-round, but there’s something about that tangy taste that makes you think of sunshine, blooming flowers and warmer temperatures. Or maybe that’s just me. Lemon and poppy seed is such a classic spring pairing, as you can find recipes for breads, muffins, cookies, cakes and more. I love the combination of the flavors together.

How good a lemon dessert is to me is really determined by the glaze. Glazes are just meant for bars, and the one on this one – powdered sugar and lemon juice is simple enough that you’ll want to use it on everything. It adds just another touch of sweet tartness to these chewy lemon bars.

lemon poppyseed bars


  • Bars: butter, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon extract, salt, flour and poppy seeds
  • Glaze: powdered sugar, lemon juice
  • Preferred Ingredient: Dixie Crystal’s Granulated Sugar  

Don’t worry that there aren’t any leavening agents in this bar! They still bake up nicely and create a chewier texture without it.

lemon poppyseed bars


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish or line it with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until combined. Then add in the eggs, one at a time until fully mixed in.
  • Mix in the lemon zest, lemon extract and salt. Then add the flour and poppy seeds and mix until combined.
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 22-25 minutes or until the middle is set. The edges will be lightly golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Whisk the lemon juice and powdered sugar together into a thick glaze. Once the bars have cooled, spread the glaze over the top of the bars, covering from edge to edge.
  • Cut into squares once glaze has hardened and bars are fully cooled.

Three of these maybe kinda fell into my mouth as soon as they were cool enough to eat. I hope you have better willpower than I do!

Not enough thanks can be said to Dixie Crystals, who keeps me stocked in sugar year-round. I really appreciate that it was one less thing I needed to add to my stock-up grocery shopping.

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lemon poppyseed bars


lemon poppyseed bars

Lemon Poppyseed Bars

Lemon Poppyseed Bars are Spring's version of a brownie. Light and chewy and bursting with lemon flavor, these bars are studded with poppy seeds and covered in a lemon glaze. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Bars, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 bars
Calories 147 kcal


For the Bars:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • zest from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds

For the Glaze:

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


For the Bars:

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time until combined.
  • Add in the lemon zest, lemon extract, and salt. Then add in the flour and poppy seeds and mix until just combined.
  • Pour into the prepared pan, spreading the batter to the edges.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center is set the the edges are lightly golden brown. Let cool.

For the Glaze:

  • In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until it becomes a thick glaze.
  • Pour over the cooled bars, spreading from edge to edge.
  • Once the bars have cooled completely, cut into 1 inch squares.


Serving: 1barCalories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 21.5gProtein: 1.5gFat: 6.5gSaturated Fat: 3.8gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 85mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 16.9g
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One Comment

  1. Love the poppyseeds in these…they look so bright and springy!

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