Lemon-Thyme Pie Bars

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  • Lemon-Thyme Pie Bars
Posted on March 17, 2016

I must admit that for most of my life, non-chocolate desserts totally underwhelmed me. If it wasn’t made of chocolate, dipped in chocolate or filled with chocolate, I was somewhat uninterested.

Foolish of me, right?

But this chocoholic is turning over a new leaf. And on the other side of that leaf are these luscious little Lemon-Thyme Pie Bars.

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As my taste buds have matured, I’ve learned to love desserts of all varieties (it’s a tough job, right?). And I’m finding myself particularly smitten with all things lemon. I love the way the sweet and tart flavors do a little dance on your tongue with every bite. And the freshness factor can’t be beat.

These Lemon-Thyme Pie Bars just scream Spring. They would be perfect for Easter or Mother’s Day. Or you know, just for having around. They are really easy to make and depending on how you slice them, they can totally feed a crowd. The thyme adds a layer of sophistication to this dessert, so don’t skip it! The flavor is subtle, but it keeps things interesting.

The lemon curd recipe is from my friend Becky of The Vintage Mixer. I’ve been making her recipe for a couple of years now, and it never disappoints (I also used it in these hand pies). You’ll have some lemon curd leftover, but it’s the perfect addition to so many desserts that I doubt you’ll have trouble using it up!



Recipe adapted from my Blueberry-Thyme Pie Bars

Lemon-Thyme Pie Bars

Yield: Makes one 9 X 13-inch pan

Lemon-Thyme Pie Bars


  • For the Lemon Curd
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Zest from 4 lemons
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cubed

  • For the Crust and Topping
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Make the lemon curd. In a bowl, stir together the sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and egg whites. Set aside. Melt the butter in a medium heavy bottom saucepan. Once the butter is melted, turn off the heat. Whisk the egg yolks into the warm, melted butter. Then whisk in the sugar/lemon/egg white mixture. Turn the heat back on to low and cook the lemon curd, whisking constantly, until the mixture has thicken and coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Strain the lemon curd through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled. The lemon curd will thicken slightly as it cools. This recipe makes more lemon curd than you’ll need for the pie bars. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
  3. Make the pie bars. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  4. In your food processor with the blade attachment, pulse together the flour, oats, sugar, thyme leaves, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Add the cubed butter, egg and vanilla extract. Pulse until the dough resembles a course meal.
  5. Press about two-thirds of the dough firmly and evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Spread about 2 cups of the lemon curd over the surface of the dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch border around the edges of the pan. Then sprinkle the remaining dough over top of the lemon curd layer.
  6. Transfer the baking pan to your pre-heated oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until the top and edges are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before slicing into bars.
  7. The pie bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.


  • So all over these bars, Liz! Could they be any more tempting!!!


    • Thanks, Tori! You’re so cute! 🙂

  • I used to be like you too, all chocolate all the time! Now I’m always down for a good lemon dessert, sooo want me to come over and help you polish these off? 🙂


    • Yes, get your butt on a plane ASAP!

  • I do love my chocolate, but I have always been smitten with lemon desserts! These bars look wonderful Liz! Anxious to see how the thyme tastes!


    • I think you’ll love the addition of thyme here, Mary Ann!

  • I would much prefer these zesty lemon bars over chocolate any day! They look amazing!


    • Thanks, Jen! I hope you try them out!

  • I am down with ANYTHING that involves lemon curd, and these pie bars look like perfection! Love that you added thyme…bet it really brings out that extra bit of lemon flavour!


    • It’s totally does! I know you’ll love ’em, Denise!

  • OH my Liz! These have all the deliciousness of Spring in a tasty, zingly lemony bite. Curd is right up there with chocolate anyway, so why not? Lemon and thyme is such a great combination too! Thank you for this! xo


    • You are too kind, Traci! Thank you!

  • I was the complete opposite. Chocolate desserts never used to interest me, but have grown on me. I still however always go for non-chocolate treats first. Lemon desserts are one of my favorites and I absolutely love these bars! The thyme added into them is perfect!


    • Oh that’s funny, Danae! Glad we’ve both found a happy balance with desserts! 🙂

  • I am a HUGE fan of using herbs in sweets and these bars sound perfect! I really need to try making lemon curd … it’s something I’ve never done which kind of blows my mind!


    • Oh it’s so easy to make. You’ll love having fresh, homemade lemon curd in your refrigerator at all times!

  • Beauties! Always a chocolate fan, lemon and thyme are one non-chocolate combo that I have always loved. These look perfect!


    • Thanks, Tessa!

  • Holy Hannah! I am a sucker for anything with lemon curd and these look amazing!


    • Thanks, Julie!

  • These pie bars look amazing! I love my lemon desserts- normally I’m all about chocolate, but lemon desserts are my one exception 🙂 Love the thyme here, pinning!


    • You’re going to love these, Medha!

  • Can I tell you how much I LOVE LOVE lemon curd. These bars, oh goodness I could eat that entire pan!!


    • I had to give them away so I wouldn’t eat the whole pan! 🙂

  • Lovely! And lemon and thyme were meant to be together 🙂


    • Agree! Such a great combination!

  • I LOVE desserts with fresh herbs! Seriously so good. Basil and chocolate is one of my faves. I just made and canned a TON of lemon curd after picking my friend’s lemon tree, so I definitely need to get on the lemon bar train. These look so yummy!


    • Oh I don’t think I’ve done basil + chocolate. That’s genius. Going to definitely be trying that next!

  • I was always more of a vanilla than a chocolate girl, but lemon is a recent obsession of mine. Totally in love with these!


    • Thanks, Joanne! I hope you try them. Happy Spring!

  • Oh my gosh, lemon thyme together sounds so good in a sweets context! Perfect. Going to pin for later 🙂


    • It’s such a great combination! Thanks, Allie!

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