Meyer Lemon Bars with Poppyseed Crust

Meyer Lemon Bars with Poppyseed Crust - A flaky poppyseed crust topped with tart and sweet Meyer lemon filling. |

You know how Americans dread tax season? That was never really true for me. It seemed like I almost always got a small refund, or just owed a couple of dollars. Literally, one year I had to write a check to The State of Michigan for one dollar. They couldn’t just write that off? But this year was different.

This year marked my first year of being self-employed, and having approximately thirty sources of income via a variety of freelance jobs. Tax season this year tough, to say the least. Rounding up all of those documents and receipts, trying to explain to our tax preparer how anybody could possibly make money writing a food blog, and realizing that I should be paying taxes quarterly from here on out was anything but fun.

Meyer Lemon Bars with Poppyseed Crust - A flaky poppyseed crust topped with tart and sweet Meyer lemon filling. |

The only thing getting me through that tax appointment? Knowing that a big bowl of Meyer lemons was waiting for me at home. Knowing that those would soon become Meyer lemon bars. Knowing that I’d be eating Meyer lemon bars and drinking a Meyer lemon cocktail soon somehow soothed my tax anxiety. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from the tax appointment to pick up some POPPY seeds for the crust. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that my grocery store finally corrected the little typo in their bulk bin labeling system. te he he.

Meyer Lemon Bars with Poppyseed Crust - A flaky poppyseed crust topped with tart and sweet Meyer lemon filling. |

The tail end of Meyer lemon season coincides with the early days of Spring each year (and the end of tax season). While I’m sad to say goodbye to Meyers for another year, it’ll be worth it when I’m riding my bike outside, hosting backyard BBQs, and playing kickball with my friends.

Meyer Lemon Bars with Poppyseed Crust - A flaky poppyseed crust topped with tart and sweet Meyer lemon filling. |

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Meyer Lemon Bars with Poppyseed Crust - A flaky poppyseed crust topped with tart and sweet Meyer lemon filling. |

Meyer Lemon Bars with Poppyseed Crust

Yield: 20 bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes


For the Poppyseed Crust:

  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons poppyseeds

For the Filling:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated Meyer lemon zest

Powdered Sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make Poppyseed Crust: In bowl of standing mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt; mix until just combined. Stir in poppyseeds. With floured hands, press dough into 9x13x2-inch baking pan. Transfer to refrigerator; chill 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer crust to oven; bake 15 minutes or until very lightly browned.
  4. Meanwhile, make Filling: In large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice and zest. Pour over crust; transfer to oven and bake 30 to 35 minutes or until filling is set.
  5. Transfer to wire rack; let cool completely before cutting. Dust with powdered sugar for serving.

Adapted from Ina Garten.

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  1. Giggling over the labeling of the poppy seeds and loving these wonderful bars.

  2. I think you should send the poppy seed packages in to a late show! But…love the lemon and poppy seed combination. These look delicious and gorgeous!

  3. Lori, oh my gawd, I feel the same way about my taxes! and I also didn’t know that we should be paying taxes quarterly . . live and learn. and thank goodness you have a plate of these fabulous babies. love Meyer lemons!!!

  4. That typo – too funny! I love these bars. The poppyseed crust is a genius idea for changing the usual lemon bars!

  5. You had me at lemon girl! Lemon anything! Love the poppy seeds, congrats on making it a year that is so awesome! I have to admit to you though that as I was reading my eyes were drawn to a couple of the recipes you have going on in your side bar haha!

  6. Lemon and poppyseed is a classic delicious combo! I’m with you on the tax prep. I need to keep up to date records to make it easier!

  7. These look spectacular, Lori! My daughter eats lemon poppyseed muffins nearly every day….and now I can treat her to a dessert form of her favorite!!!

    • Thanks, Liz. The main reason I made these is because I also love lemon-poppyseed muffins, but have never been successful making them at home. No matter which recipe I use, they ALWAYS save in when I take them out of the oven! Lemon bars rarely cave 😉

  8. I am totally drooling over these bars… love how moist they look!!

  9. Hahaha! That’s funny! I LOVE lemon & poppyseed together! I seriously feel the need to go bake now!

  10. Lemon bars are one of my favorites and this poppyseed crust sounds so unique and delicious.

  11. Oh my gosh I was looking for lemon poppyseed muffins at the store the other day and then decided I would just make them myself, but I’m pretty sure these would be a way better option 🙂

  12. Hehehe…that labeling issue still cracks me up. I wonder if they noticed a drop in their poopy seed sales. 🙂 I love lemon bars, but never thought to add poppy seeds. Duh! They’re a match made in heaven.

  13. Ugh taxes. I was the same way – never really had any challenge until the blog came along. Love how you made a poppy (without the typo 😉 ) seed crust instead of a regular crust.

  14. Oh an this looks amazing! Wanna try these, wish it weren’t so hard to find meyer lemons in NY!

  15. Haha gotta love supermarket labels… Lemon and POPPYseeds, great combo!

  16. Love these bars Lori! Great idea to use POPPY seeds in the crust 🙂

  17. What a fun adaptation on lemon bars. Lemon and poppy seeds are meant for each other!

  18. This was my first year claiming the income from my site as well. So not fun. So many receipts. Yuck! I think these bars could make it all better. Love!

    • SO many receipts. And my accountant suggested I make COPIES of all of the receipts in case they start to fade, since you’re supposed to keep them for three or five years or something. Not sure that’s going to happen….

  19. Yeah, after looking at everybody’s recipes this week, I want to bake up a storm!

  20. You DO realize from now on I’m going to refer to them as poopy seeds in my head? Thanks for that? Also thanks for these bars because what is a better combination than lemons and poppy seeds?

  21. Oh no…that is one unfortunate, unfortunate typo. Glad they fixed it! Wow, these bars look amazing!! I love lemon bars and love poppy seeds, but have never tried combining the two – I’ll definitely have to give this a try ASAP!

  22. Thanks so much, CakePants 🙂 I always keep poppyseeds in the freezer, but honestly only use them when lemons are involved!

  23. Lori, my best friend just sent me this pin! And I looked at the bottom and I was like that’s Lori!! These look genius and right up my ally (as any best friend would know). Loooooove meyers. So good. oh, and poopy seeds?? bahahahahahaha

  24. Hi Lori! I just discovered your site while looking for a lemon bar recipe. Do you know about how many meyer lemons will make a cup of juice? I have 5 in my fridge right now and am wondering if that is more than enough? Can’t wait to make these 🙂 Also the old poppy seed labels just made my day.

    • Hi Katie! So glad you found me 🙂 I believed I used 7-9 Meyers for this recipe. Since you don’t have that many, you could round out the juice with regular lemon juice or orange juice. It’ll be just as good, promise!

  25. Wonderful and easy recipe!  I had a bumper crop of Meyer lemons this year and everyone loves the bars  

    • That’s so nice to hear, Andrea! I so wish I lived in a place that would allow me to grow lemon trees. I do have a small potted Meyer lemon tree that I have to bring inside for the winter, but the yields haven’t been too good :-/

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