Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bars

These Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bars are sweet, chewy, tangy, and hard to put down! These cookie bars will quickly become a new favorite. 

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My love for Meyer lemons continues and this time it is paired with my love for cookie bars. I’ve done the plain-jane (but amazing) vanilla bean cookie bars as well as orange creamsicle cookie bars so Meyer lemon poppy seed bars were an obvious next step.

(I also did a gingerbread version but Christmas and WINTER are the very last things I want to be thinking about right now.)

I actually almost didn’t post this recipe because I’m not crazy about (read: despise) these photos but the recipe really is too good not to share. They are so tasty. They are ultra-chewy, lemony, sweet and the glaze just puts them over the top.

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And….there is a secret ingredient in these bars. I again used “Princess” baking emulsion. Last time I mentioned that it is really hard to describe this flavor — I called it citrus/almond/vanilla/butter. It almost has the flavor of a sugar cookie with a bit of citrus so it is a perfect fit for these lemon poppy seed bars. It gives it them that extra something. It will keep you coming back for more — and it will definitely have people asking for the recipe. I did write that it is optional, but if you haven’t bought this yet for your pantry, I really suggest you do so. You’ll find yourself putting it in everything! I just put it in something the other day but I can’t remember what it is because I can’t remember what I had for breakfast because I get no sleep these days. Does that get the award for the most whiny run-on sentence ever?


Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bars

These Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Bars are sweet, chewy, tangy, and hard to put down! These cookie bars will quickly become a new favorite.

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  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup), softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon meyer lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon meyer lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon Princess Cake and Cookie Bakery Emulsion (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking or baking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (you can use an electric hand mixer too), combine butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, lemon juice, Princess emulsion, and lemon zest. Mix on medium until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds and mix. Mix on low until incorporated and then increase speed to medium and mix until well combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  4. Press evenly into prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a wire rack and cool completely.
  5. When the bars are cool, prepare the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar and water. Spread evenly over bars. Let harden before cutting into squares.
  6. Store in an airtight container.
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: I need to make these again, stat.
Husband’s take: He liked these too! Even though they weren’t chocolate chip.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy.


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  2. I made Meyer Lemon Bars with Poppyseeds this month, too! Mine are a little different, but when it comes to Meyers, how can you go wrong? But yours sort of win, because they are cookie bars. If only we could have done a swap!

  3. Where do you find the Meyer lemons?

    • I got mine via Door to Door Organics (if that’s in your area and you sign up, use code RACHELCOOKS to save 10 bucks!). But I’ve seen them at most grocery stores! They are slightly smaller than regular lemons. Hope you find some!

  4. I agree with the comment that the icing is sinful. I am with the person who can’t resist lemon bars, which are right up there with being an all time personal favorite. I have no resistance to them. I would have to bake these bars and take them to work immediately. Otherwise I would nibble away and probably eat the whole pan in a day. Gosh, that sounded like a Miss Piggy statement. Too bad it’s the truth. Laughing——

  5. I think the pictures are still beautiful! The icing? Sinful. :)

  6. I love lemon bars and these definitely look amazing. Great job!

    Happy Blogging!

  7. i love meyer lemons! these bars look so good :)

  8. I really need to get on this whole meyer lemon thing b/c these look insane.

  9. Love meyer lemon desserts! These bars look perfect!

  10. I love meyer lemons anything! They are the perfect citrus. I think your bars look beautiful:)

  11. You’re reading my mind! I’ve been craving lemon/poppy seed now with this sun shining a little more. These would help to put my craving at ease!

  12. Oh my goodness…these look so yummy! I am totally in love with the lemon-poppy seed combo, and these bars are so gorgeous! I will definitely be giving them a try :) I also happen to have a little meyer lemon tree (no joke, my husband bought me one a year ago) so when it blooms and I have myself a little supply of lemons I’m going to remember this recipe! Thanks Rachel!

  13. I just wish I could get my hands on some lemons!! :-(

  14. Lemon Poppyseed anything always goes over super well in my house! Especially with a drippy, delicious glaze! I’m drooling all over my keyboard! Pinned

  15. I really need to get on the Meyer Lemon train…these might finally push me over the edge! I simply cannot say no to a good lemon bar and these look irresistible!

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