Old School Lemon Squares

I made this childhood favorite a few weeks back and now feels like the perfect time to share the recipe as I am feeling nostalgic. Do you know anyone who can resist a great lemon square? Yeah, I didn’t think so. And I realize I say this often with my recipes, but SERIOUSLY it is so easy. It really is.

Lemon Squares

makes 18

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 cup butter, diced then slightly softened
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Coat the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan with a bit of butter or cooking spray.
  2. Whisk flour and the 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a bowl.
  3. Add butter to the flour and powdered sugar, and using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut until mixture looks like coarse meal.
  4. Press this mixture into the bottom of the pan. Don’t worry – it’s not supposed to look pretty or perfect.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Beat eggs, granulated sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest until thoroughly combined.
  7. Pour egg/lemon mixture onto baked crust and bake until just set – about 20 more minutes.
  8. Let cool, cut, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

For more lemon inspired recipes and ideas, please check out my friend Domonique’s amazing blog, A Bowl Full of Simple. She recently wrote a great lemon inspired post because, you know, she lives in California where gorgeous lemons grow in her backyard. Jealous? I am!

recipe and photo via the aesthete and the dilettante

2 thoughts on “Old School Lemon Squares

  1. Chris LOVES my great aunt’s lemon squares! I have shared your blog post on his FB wall, telling him he may want to give this one a try!

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