Lemon Bars w/ Gingersnap Crust

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Lemon Bars with a gingersnap crust. These easy lemon bars have a bright and fresh lemony curd, a spicy and soft gingersnap crust, and a dusting of powdered sugar! Our gingersnap lemon bars are the perfect dessert to bridge the gap between summer and fall flavors!

The spicy ginger flavor really compliments the tart lemon flavor. I like these lemon bars best the day after I make them—it really lets the flavors mingle together.

What kind of gingersnap cookies should I be using for the gingersnap crust?

The crust we’re making for these lemon bars is similar to a graham cracker crust. Instead of graham cracker crumbs we are using gingersnap cookie crumbs. You don’t need any kind of fancy gingersnap cookies to make this crust, the inexpensive boxed ones that are super crispy will be perfect! We add a some butter and flour so the crust is firm but a little still soft.

powder sugar being shaken over lemon bars with gingersnap crust

Do lemon bars need to be refrigerated?

Simple answer: yes. The lemon curd, which has eggs in it, is a type of custard that will need to be refrigerated. It will be fine to sit out for several hours or even a day. But after that you should put them in the refrigerator. You can store them in the refrigerator up to a week.

Can I freeze these?

Yes! I love slicing these lemon bars and storing them in the freezer for an easy treat at a later date. Store them in an airtight container or you can wrap them individually in plastic wrap. They should store well in the freezer for 3-4 months.



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Lemon Bars w/ Gingersnap Crust

These easy lemon bars have a bright and fresh lemony curd, a spicy and soft gingersnap crust, and a dusting of powdered sugar!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • 2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (240 g)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Lemon Curd:

  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (you’ll need about 3-4 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon flour
  • Powdered sugar for dusting



    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a
      9x9 pan and set aside.
    2. Mix gingersnap cookie crumbs, brown sugar,
      flour, and salt. The pour in melted butter and mix until thoroughly combined.

    Pour mixture into pan and press crumbs into pan.
    Make sure the crust is evenly dispersed and that the crust is pressed firmly
    into the pan. I like to use the back of my measuring spoon to press the crust
    into the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool before adding the lemon curd

    Lemon Curd:

  1. Whisk together eggs and sugar until smooth. Then
    whisk in lemon juice and zest.
  2. Slowly add in flour and whisk together until
    smooth and thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour lemon curd mixture over the cooled
    gingersnap crust and bake for 32-36 minutes until the curd is set but still
    jiggles a little in the middle. Cool completely. Dust generously with powdered
    sugar and slice and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 73mg Sodium: 277mg Carbohydrates: 66g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 47g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g

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