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Delicate Lemon Squares

Delicate Lemon Squares

Delicate Lemon Squares

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Delicate Lemon Squares
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Course: BarsDifficulty: Medium




  • For the crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • For the filling:
  • 2 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • For the garnish:
  • additional powdered sugar


  • Make the crust:
  • Stir together flour and confectioners’ sugar; cut in butter until mixture clings together. Pat into an ungreased 8-inch square pan; bake at 350 F. for 10-12 minutes.
  • Make the filling:
  • Meanwhile, beat eggs in mixing bowl; add granulated sugar and lemon juice and beat until thick and smooth, 8-10 minutes. Stir together flour and baking powder; add to egg mixture, blending until all ingredients are moistened.
  • Assemble, bake, and garnish:
  • Pour egg mixture gently over baked crust layer. Bake at 350 F. for 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly. Sift additional confectioners’ sugar over top. Cool completely; cut into 1-1/2-inch squares.


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Just like the ones my ex-MIL used to make! They were always my favorite Christmas dessert, and this coming from someone who is usually a total chocoholic! The only suggestion I would make is to wait until just before serving to add the powdered sugar. Mine soaked in to the lemon filling, and though they still tasted fantastic, they just weren't as pretty.
- Carly Matthews

this recipe was very easy to make, but it was too sweet to me and not tart enough.
- A Baker

very yummy!
- Jilene

I had this recipe 25 years ago and lost it. All of the updated ones do not have you blend the eggs and sugar for the 8 to 10 minutes and I feel that not doing this aids in the filling mixing with the cookie and becoming mushy. This recipe helps keep the two separate layers. Thanks for helping me find this.
- Diane

very easy to make and never fail.I've printed it for future reference. It's a keeper. Thanks and Merry Christmas
- Kathleen

This is a very tasty lemon squares recipe. It should be noted that the butter to be cut into the flour and confectioners sugar should be cut in pieces and should be COLD. That way the crust is much easier to handle. I made this recipe for a cookie swap at my office and it turned out well.
- Lynn
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