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New & Improved Lemon Thyme Bars

You may remember this recipe from my show, Giada At Home, a few years back. I spent some time revamping the recipe this spring and dare I say, they're even better. Hope you like them as much as I do!

New & Improved Lemon Thyme Bars



Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

35 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • Butter for greasing
  • Flour for dusting
  • For the Bars:

  • 1 stick (4 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • For the Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 a large lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 a large lemon)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour an 8-inch-by-8-inch glass baking dish.
  2. For the bars: In a small bowl combine flour, thyme and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl using a handheld mixer, beat together 1 stick of butter and the powdered sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add the egg yolk and beat for an additional 30 seconds. Beat in the lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Using damp fingers, press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes until golden. Cool for 30 minutes.
  3. For the glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon juice and powdered sugar together until smooth. Spoon the glaze over the cooled crust. Allow the glaze to harden at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
  4. Using a metal spatula, remove the crust from the pan. Cut into 1 1/2-inch square bars and arrange on a serving platter or store airtight in a plastic container at room temperature.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
16 grams
1 grams
6 grams
Saturated Fat
4 grams
27 milligrams
74 milligrams
1 grams
1 grams

2 reviews & comments

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    marilyn Roche

    Made these today for Easter üêáüê∞ haven’t tried them yet cuz I’m bringing them to Easter dinner, but by the taste of the dough (and the fact that I luv me some Lemons üçã) I kno they’re going to be scrumptious!!

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    Mary Elizabeth Guyton

    Giada, these look so awesome! I am making your menu, but I think I need some lessons…I want so much to be the best cook! But I need more practice! Thank you for your inspiration and your great recipes!!Happy Easterüꣂú®

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