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Iced Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Bars

My Iced Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Bars will brighten any day of the week!

Iced Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Bars

I have been on a major lemon poppyseed kick lately! First my blondies, then those fabulous pancakes and now my shortbread bars! You do not want to miss these buttery sweet iced lemon bars. There’s not much better!


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Minimal ingredients for my bars. All the better!

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Cream your butter and sugars.

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Add your lemon curd!

Lemon zest

Lemon zest up next!

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Dry ingredients up next!

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Iced Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Bars


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Transfer your dough to your prepared baking dish.

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Spread evenly and now it’s time to bake! The hardest part is letting the bars cool!

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Once cooled, cut all edges off then cut into 9 squares. Drizzle with sweet icing before serving.

Iced Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Bars


Iced Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Bars


Iced Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread Bars

Iced Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread BarsPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 40 min


  • 2 sticks softened butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon curd
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppyseeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat butter, sugars, lemon curd, and lemon zest until well combined. Add flour, poppyseeds and salt, mixing to combine. Transfer dough to prepared baking dish, spreading evenly. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until baked through and edges golden. Remove and let cool completely. Once cooled, trim edges around bars then cut into squares.
  3. To prepare icing, place powdered sugar and powdered sugar into a medium mixing bowl, whisking until smooth. Drizzle over bars before serving.

Makes 9 Servings


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  1. 1

    So fresh, pretty, and perfect for spring & summer, Jenny!

  2. 2

    Jenny, these bars look perfect! Lemon and poppy seed are one of my favorite combinations. I loved your recipe for the blondies, but these bars sound even better!

  3. 3

    I love lemon and those bars are looking absolutely wonderful!

  4. 4
    Medeja says:

    These bars now will be going on my list πŸ™‚ they look irresistible

  5. 5

    Totally craving these. They’re acceptable for breakfast, right? πŸ˜‰

  6. 6

    Mmmm, love that lemon curd! These look perfect for summer!

  7. 7
    Mec says:

    Love following you & enjoy your recipes. On this one, for the icing, are you using lemon juice with the powdered sugar or flavoring? It reads “powdered sugar & powdered sugar”? I do make these frostings but didn’t know if lemon juice is in your recipe…..Thank you!

    • 7.1
      Jenny says:

      It should read powdered sugar and heavy cream πŸ™‚ Just edited. Thanks! Hope you enjoy. ….you can definitely add a little lemon juice to the icing if you’d like!

  8. 8

    These might be even better than your lemon poppyseed blondies. They are calling my name, especially with that icing drizzle!

  9. 9
    Tieghan says:

    These are so perfect for both spring and summer. Love the lemon curd!

  10. 10
    Amanda says:

    Loving all your lemon poppyseed creations, and now bars! So good! xoxo

  11. 11

    Wow. Yum! Love the lemon-poppyseed combo. These are perfect for Mother’s Day, Jenny!

  12. 12

    Such a fabulous idea for a bar — they are gorgeous!!

  13. 13

    Jenny, these look fabulous. Love this for a tea party or Mother’s Day luncheon! Yum!

  14. 14
    Maria says:

    I am loving lemon right now! And TJ’s lemon curd is my favorite!

  15. 15
    Gaby says:

    So irresistible!

  16. 16

    Yum! I can totally see myself eating an entire sheet of these! Hehe

  17. 17
    nsomi says:

    This is so perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch!

  18. 18
    GinaE says:

    These sound so good! We have to eat low sugar in our house and most lemon recipes have so much sugar that I can’t make them. These bars are ones I can easily convert to low sugar. Thanks for sharing!

  19. 19

    Oh, these are gorgeous! Perfect for weekend brunch:)

  20. 20
    Elizabeth says:

    Holy guacamole those look delicious! Keep the lemon poppyseed recipes coming…I can’t get enough of them this Spring either! Usually I use lemon zest/juice but will look for lemon curd next time, thanks! πŸ™‚

  21. 21

    these look fantastic! perfect for mothers day!

  22. 22

    These look fabulous! Can’t wait to try them. Call me crazy, but I’ll take these lemon poppy seed bars over a chocolate brownies any day.

  23. 23

    These are a dream come true!! I can’t WAIT to make these!

  24. 24

    mmmm, these look delightful and they’re so pretty!!

  25. 25
    leslie says:

    Seriously is right…..YUM

  26. 26

    I adore lemon and poppyseed together, this looks like a tasty way to use a scrumptious combination.

  27. 27
    Karen in Australia says:

    Love your recipes πŸ™‚ For the benefit of us Aussies, how much exactly is 2 sticks of butter?

  28. 28
    marla says:

    These bars look great! Love that icing πŸ™‚

  29. 29
    Lynna says:

    I love using Trader Joe’s lemon curd for desserts! These bars look beautiful. ;D

  30. 30

    Love the lemon and poppy seed combo in this shortbread!

  31. 31
    Eliza says:

    Another awesome inspiration with lemon today. Next good idea is making lemon cake. Lemons aren’t bad for a sweet dessert.

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