Raspberry Lemon Cookie Bars Recipe

Amanda Powell | A Cookie Named Desire

Soft lemon sugar cookie bars filled with raspberry jam. There is nothing better than indulging in a slice of this homey raspberry lemon cookie bar.

If I have to choose any dessert, I will pretty much always go for a cookie. If they are lemon-flavored, it is impossible to resist.

Lemon in dessert is just amazing. I love making lemon sugar cookies, but if I’m honest, I get a little lazy and prefer something easier than rolling out a ton of cookies.

Raspberry Lemon Cookie Bars Photo

So, when I am baking for just the family, I make cookie bars. I like just pressing the dough into a pan and cutting out exactly how much I want (which is definitely more than just a cookie or two).

It only comes naturally for me to jazz them up a bit, and these raspberry lemon cookie bars are probably my favorite of them all.

Raspberry Lemon Cookie Bars Picture

Why These Cookie Bars Work

These raspberry lemon bars are based on my favorite lemon sugar cookie recipe. The cookies are light, buttery, and packed with fresh, bright lemon flavor.

The sweet raspberry jam paired with fresh raspberries is brightened further with the lemon. It is like a slice of springtime

These bars are also so easy to make. You make the cookie dough just the way you make any other cookie. And you don’t even have to portion it out.

Using a homemade raspberry jam is not required either. I often make these bars with store-bought jam all the time. You can’t tell the difference! It’s great for a last-minute dessert.

Raspberry Lemon Cookie Bars Image

Can I use Other Types of Jam?

You can use whatever jam you want. Homemade or storebought. I’ve made these bars with blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, and even lemon curd.

You can even mix and match. I love using a bit of lemon curd with a berry jam for added zip.

Raspberry Lemon Cookie Bars Pic

What Baking Pan Should I Use?

You can bake these cookie bars in either a 9-inch baking pan or a 9x13 baking pan depending on how thick you like your cookie bars.

Personally, I prefer them thicker, but if you prefer them thinner, or want to stretch the cookies to feed a crowd. Just know the baking time will need to be adjusted by a few minutes.

File 1 - Raspberry Lemon Cookie Bars

How to Store Your Cookie Bars

You should keep your bars in an airtight container. If you need to stack them, I recommend placing a sheet of parchment paper between the layers. They should last for up to three days at room temperature.

These cookie bars can be frozen. Place the cut cookie bars onto a baking sheet and freeze. Place the frozen cookie bars immediately into an airtight container and keep in the back of the freezer for up to a month.

To thaw, leave the bars in the refrigerator overnight, then bring to room temperature.

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Raspberry Lemon Cookie Bars Recipe

    9 Servings


  • 2 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour, (344g)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Lemons, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar, (300g)
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, (230g), room temperature
  • 1 large Egg, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Raspberry Jam
  • 1 pint Fresh Raspberries
  • Powdered Sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper so the paper overhangs on each side.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Zest both lemons and squeeze the juice from one of the lemons.
  4. Beat the butter, sugar, zest, and lemon juice for about 2 - 3 minutes on medium-high speed.
  5. Beat in the egg and mix on medium-high speed for about 1 - 2 minutes.
  6. Mix in the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.
  7. Press in about 2/3 of the cookie dough into the baking pan.
  8. Spread the jam over the cookie dough.
  9. Crumble the rest of the cookie dough over the jam. Top with the fresh raspberries.
  10. Bake for about 35 - 40 minutes, cover the pan about 20 minutes through to prevent over-browning. Cool completely before cutting and dusting with powdered sugar.



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Author: Amanda Powell
Recipe Yields: 9 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 bar
Servings Per Recipe 9

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 171
Calories 538

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g
  Saturated Fat 13g
Sodium 216mg
Total Carbohydrate 83g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 49g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Amanda Powell

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