I'd lost my family recipe for lemon squares and spent a lot of time trying new ones that would measure up. None did, but thankfully I recently found the recipe again. Best lemon squares out there.

beth

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch baking dish
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Crust:
Custard:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

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  • Process 2 cups flour, butter, and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; press into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the edges of the crust are golden brown, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool crust to room temperature.

  • Beat white sugar, eggs, 1/4 cup flour, lemon juice, baking powder, and lemon zest together in a bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy; pour onto the cooled crust.

  • Bake in the oven until custard is set, 25 to 28 minutes. Cool lemon squares completely; dust the top with more confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

398 calories; protein 4.7g; carbohydrates 57.7g; fat 17.3g; cholesterol 102.7mg; sodium 162.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2015
DELICIOUS! Very easy to make. I refrigerated them overnight before cutting them and dusting them with powdered sugar...they cut beautifully and taste really, REALLY good. The shortbread crust just melts in your mouth, mmmmm... I used the zest of a whole lemon in these...a definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing! :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2018
I don't think I will make these again, they turned out pretty sour and they were very greasy. They fell apart, I may have made the recipe wrong but I am sure that I followed the instructions properly. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2015
DELICIOUS! Very easy to make. I refrigerated them overnight before cutting them and dusting them with powdered sugar...they cut beautifully and taste really, REALLY good. The shortbread crust just melts in your mouth, mmmmm... I used the zest of a whole lemon in these...a definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing! :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2016
These are great but I did make a couple tweeks because I had to discard the first batch. First I added 1/2 cup flour to the crust. It seemed to hold together a little better. The second thing I did was increased the temp to 350 for the first 15 minutes then turned down to 325. I baked for 30 minutes. The reason is the first batch was a gloppy mess. It just wasn't anywhere near done and my oven runs a little hot . Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/02/2015
My favorite!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2019
They are really good, I just didn’t cook them enough the first time around, we were going to cut them and the custard was still raw. They had been covered in the fridge for 3 days, so we put the oven back on and cooked them again for 30 minutes, then let cool and cut. There very good! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2018
I don't think I will make these again, they turned out pretty sour and they were very greasy. They fell apart, I may have made the recipe wrong but I am sure that I followed the instructions properly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2020
I am at awe with this recipe, I wanted to please my wife with lemon squares. I am a subscriber to your site for a long time. I looked for lemon squares and came to your recipe. The best compliment could be that my wife said and I quote " All you need is Meringue for a great Lemon Meringue Pie in squares". They are perfect, easy to make , not to sweet, and out of this world delicious . Thank-you for a great recipe. I love you for it. I added some lime scented whipped cream on top for the perfect sin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2015
These were great-- I wasn't sure about the food processor to blend but the crust was delicious. Took to a party and three people asked for the recipe.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2019
I have this same recipe which was my mother’s dates 1976. When was yours? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2019
Great taste. Good balance of sugar and lemon, although I did add slightly more lemon. But I agree that a cooler oven temp for longer would be better. Mine we not totally set in the middle either, although the top was slightly browned as it should be. Read More
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