These Crumbl lemon bar cookies are everything you have ever needed. They are refreshing, tangy, and buttery too. You can make them with homemade lemon curd or a store-bought lemon pie filling or lemon curd too. So good and so easy 🙂
Since you are a lemon dessert lover too, check out these lemon recipes that I know you will love, Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade Copycat Recipe, CRUMBL lemon poppy seed cookies with lemon curd filling, and Easy CRUMBL Lemon Glaze Cookies.
Lemon curd cookies are a life-changing thing, I can promise you that. First, I made the lemon poppy seed copycat cookies from Crumbl and they were absolutely adored by everyone.
So naturally now, I feel like it’s time to make the Crumbl lemon bar cookies. The cookie base isn’t too crazy. Just a simple lemon butter cookie but the lemon curd topping will blow your mind!
This is the best lemon bar cookie recipe ever!
This Crumbl cookie was inspired by our favorite lemon bars, you know the ones with a custard lemon topping that is baked in the oven with the crust underneath.
The difference when it comes to this cookie though is that the curd will only be used as a topping instead of it being baked on the cookie.
Why you need to make this recipe!
- This cookie is so lemony.
- You will love the tanginess of the lemon curd.
- This recipe allows you to use homemade or store-bought lemon curd.
- You can make this recipe anytime the craving hits without having to worry about it coming back in store.
- This recipe is also a great way to save some extra money by making your favorite treat at home!
- No need to wait for Crumbl to bring these back in stores, you can make them at home anytime the craving hits!
Ingredients for this lemon bar cookie recipe
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this lemony cookie. Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full detailed ingredient measurements.
- Butter– You can use salted or unsalted butter for this recipe.
- Granulated sugar & powdered sugar- The combination of both sugars will yield a super moist and chewy cookie.
- Egg– The egg is the binding agent. Make sure it is at room temperature.
- Butter vanilla emulsion– This will give our cookies that authentic buttery flavor you get from Crumbl cookies.
- Lemon flavoring– Can’t have a lemon cookie without the lemon flavoring.
- Lemon zest– The lemon zest will also add that extra zing to our cookies.
- Flour– AP flour works great here.
- Salt– Always use a little salt in your baked goods to balance out the flavors.
- Baking powder– This will give our cookies a little height.
- Lemon curd– You can either make homemade lemon curd or use store-bought. Both would work great but making it homemade would take a little more time since it has to set in the fridge for a few hours. The flavor of the homemade one is a million times better though!
Do I have to make homemade lemon curd?
No, you don’t. But I highly recommend it because it tastes a million times better than regular lemon pie filling.
It is tangier and lemony, and the creaminess is seriously unmatched. Plus it’s a great opportunity to practice making your own homemade lemon curd using my recipe.
How to make lemon bar cookies?
This is how you can make lemon bar cookies. Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full detailed instructions!
- Cream the butter and sugars together until combined.
- Mix in the egg, butter vanilla emulsion, and lemon zest until combined again.
- Fold in the dry ingredients then using a large cookie scooper, scoop out the cookie dough, place it on a baking sheet, flatten it to about 1 inch in thickness, and bake.
- Cool the cookies before topping them with the lemon curd mixture.
Frequently asked questions – FAQ
WHAT IF MY COOKIES LOOK UNDERBAKED WHEN I PULL THEM OUT OF THE OVEN?
Crumbl cookies often look a tad bit underbaked when you pull them out of the oven. But don’t worry about that they will continue baking as they cool.
Make sure to let these cookies cool down before you top them with the curd.
How to store lemon bar cookies?
Since these cookies are meant to be served chilled, you can store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
You can store them for longer if they are unfrosted. They will last in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. Once ready to enjoy, top them with the lemon curd and enjoy!
Can I freeze lemon bar cookies?
These cookies freeze beautifully. Keep in mind that I made this recipe with my homemade lemon curd recipe so I know that that curd will frost well.
I can’t guarantee that storebought or other recipes of lemon curd will set the same.
To freeze these cookies, flash freeze them on a flat surface for (baking sheet, plate…) for a few hours to set, then transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months.
Once ready to enjoy, pull them out and let them thaw on a flat surface (baking sheet, plate…) in the fridge overnight or on the countertop for a few hours before enjoying!
How to make mini Crumbl lemon bar cookies?
To make the mini catering crumbl cookies, instead of making 7 large cookies, you will make 14 smaller ones.
And instead of baking them for 11minutes, bake them for 8 minutes. The rest of the steps are all the same and you will get cute little cookies out of this.
Crumbl lemon bar cookies
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Crumbl Lemon Bar Cookies
- ½ cup butter softened
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup powdered sugar extra for dusting the cookies
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 egg at room temperature
- 2 teaspoon butter vanilla emulsion
- ½ teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 & ½ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup Lemon curd Homemade preferably* see notes
Make the funfetti cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350F then line a baking sheet with parchement paper and set it aside.
- Cream the butter, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar together until smooth and creamy.
- Whisk in the egg, the vanilla butter emulsion, and the lemon extract and mix until combined.
- Mix in the flour, baking powder, salt until the flour mixture disappears. Don't overmix your dough. Then using a large cookie scooper (4tbsp/1/4cup) scoop out 7 equally sized cookie dough balls, and place them on the prepared baking sheet and gently flatten them to about ¾ inch in thickness.
- Bake the cookies in the oven for 11 minutes, then let them cool down on the baking sheet for 10-15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool down fully.
- Once fully cooled down, top with a generous amount of lemon curd, spread it all around, dust some powdered sugar on top and enjoy
How to store lemon bar cookies?Since these cookies are meant to be served chilled, you can store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can store them for longer if they are unfrosted. They will last in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. Once ready to enjoy, top them with the lemon curd and enjoy!
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