Saturday, February 05, 2011

Lemon Squares

This is a recipe that has been around for years and years. It is a creamy baked lemon curd with a buttery shortbread crust. I needed to make these for a tea last weekend and couldn't find my mom's recipe, so I decided to use this one from All Recipes. It was very close to what I remember of my mom's. (I altered it just a tad.)

Lemon Squares

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter, melted

4 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cups flour and confectioners' sugar. Blend in the melted butter. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden. In a large bowl, beat eggs until light. Combine the sugar, baking powder and 1/4 cup of flour so there will be no flour lumps. Stir the sugar mixture into the eggs. Finally, stir in the lemon juice. Pour over the prepared crust and return to the oven.
4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes or until bars are set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

Bake the crust at 350º for 15-20 minutes.

Prepare the filling and pour into the crust.

After the first batch was tricky to cut, I lined the baking dish with aluminum foil. After it cools, you can remove it and cut it into very neat squares. Clean-up is easier, too.

Bake until the filling is set, and a very light golden brown, which will be about 20 minutes.

They are so good. And I'm not a fan of citrus.

But I love these.


Jessie said...

Im pregnant and have been craving lemon squares for weeks now! I guess I've just been hoping my mom would catch all the "hints" i've been dropping and make it for me, but since i've been snowed in now for almost 2 weeks, I guess I should just go ahead and make it myself! Yours look delish :)
Jessie from

Vickie said...

Awww...they would definitely be a good snow snack! Best wishes and thanks for stopping by!

Sydney said...

I haven't had these in years! My mom used to make them, too. Thank you for sharing this!

Leasa said...

I love these but have never made them. Thanks for the recipe Vickie. I wanted you to know that I gave you the stylish blogger award go check out the post here

Vickie said...

Thank you Leasa!

Karri said...

This is my favorite treat! I will have to try your recipe. I attempted to make them a few years ago and they came out the consistency of a granola bar. Yikes!

Vickie said...

Haha. Sounds like some of my mishaps.I'm not too sure about a lemon granola bar. This won't taste like that, I promise. Let me know how you like them!

Transport Bulgaria said...

Unlike you, I am a big fan of citrus and this recipe reminded me just why I love citrus cookies or loaf. I haven’t made this recipe for a long time now and I guess it is time to try it again. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Oh and by the way, it looks awesome.

Vickie said...

Thank you so much!