We love all things lemon and this easy Lemon squares recipe does not disappoint. It is sweet and tangy for the perfect dessert. Oh and that yummy powdered sugar on top really completes this tasty recipe.
Lemon squares recipe
Our family loves this delicious recipe and it is just so easy to make. I can whip up this simple treat in hardly any time at all. Skip the box mixes for lemon bars and make them from scratch in minutes. You will save money and they taste better.
Whenever we are craving sweet and sour, this is my go to recipe. Each bite really is amazing and the best of both worlds. You have to give it a try!
Lemon squares are perfect for a 9×13 pan.
The lemon squares are best in a 9×13 baking pan. This seems to make them the perfect thickness.
Make sure to line the pan with foil and also spray with non stick cooking spray. This will make getting the bars out to cut them so much easier.
You can also line the baking pan with parchment paper.
Let’s make these creamy lemon squares!
Lemon squares ingredients:
- powdered sugar
- butter, softened
- granulated sugar
- freshly squeezed lemon juice
- lemon extract
- baking powder
How to make lemon squares:
First, go ahead and preheat the oven. I also like to line the baking pan with foil and spray it with non stick cooking spray. This makes removing from the pan and cutting it so much easier.
Now it is time to start making the crust. Cream the powdered sugar and softened butter together.
Slowly add the the flour in increments until fully mixed.The dough will be thick but that is normal.
Dump the dough in the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. The dough isn’t very sticky, so you can just use your fingers to spread the dough out.
Bake until it starts to brown slightly on the edges. Do not let the top brown at all!
While the crust is baking, mix the filling together.
Mix the granulated sugar, eggs, lemon juice and extract all together with the mixer. Sprinkle baking powder into filling and mix until just blended.
You do not want to over mix!
As soon as you remove the crust from the oven, pour the lemon filling on top of the crust.
Bake until the top is no longer “jiggly”. Once the top starts to brown a little, it is time to take it out.
Let the bars cool completely. Remove the lemon bars from the pan and cut into squares.
By the time it is cooked you will CRAVING for a bite. Seriously… don’t they look delicious?
How to store homemade lemon bars:
You need to refrigerate the lemon bars if you plan to serve them later. It if ok to leave them out for a few hours at a party but you do need to put them in the fridge if you plan to enjoy them the next day.
These are best served within a day or two of baking.
Classic lemon bars are the best!
Can you freeze tangy lemon squares?
Yes, you can. However, I would recommend not adding the powdered sugar until ready to serve.
Just cut the bars and freeze in a single layer. When ready to enjoy, thaw and add the confectioners sugar.
These are perfect lemon bars!
I can’t wait for you to try this. You have to make it today. It is seriously that amazing and one of our favorite lemon bar recipes.
What’s not to love about lemon bars? They are so delicious. The shortbread crust is so sweet and yummy.
The fresh lemons really make the lemon filling so tasty. This is the best recipe!
Everyone will love these old fashioned lemon squares!
Whenever we are craving sweet and tangy, this is our go to recipe. The decadent lemon squares are just so delicious and amazing.
Plus, they are not hard at all to make. I don’t consider myself a baker and these are very simple. Even the kids can help.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! These classic lemon bars are so easy to make and taste amazing.
The powdered sugar on top with the lemon zest and lemon flavor come together for a great dessert. It is a must try and one of our favorite easy lemon recipes.
Print this delicious lemon bars recipe below:
We love all things lemon and this Lemon squares recipe does not disappoint. It is sweet and tangy for the best dessert. Oh and that yummy powdered sugar!
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup 2 sticks butter softened
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9"x13" pan with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray (this make removing from the pan and cutting SO much easier).
- For the crust - cream the powdered sugar and softened butter together. Slowly add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until fully integrated. The dough will be thick.
- Dump dough into prepared pan and spread evenly along the bottom of the pan. The dough isn't very sticky, so I just used my fingers to spread the dough out.
- Bake in 350 F oven for 15-20. When it starts to brown ever so slightly on the edges, you know its done. Do not let the top brown at all.
- While the crust is baking, mix together the filling.
- Mix granulated sugar, eggs, lemon juice and extract together with electric mixer. Sprinkle baking powder into filling and mix until just blended (don't over mix).
- As soon as you remove the crust from the oven, pour the lemon filling on top of the crust.
- Bake for another 15-20 minutes. You will know this is done when the top is no longer "jiggly". Once the top starts to brown a little, its time to take it out.
- Let cool completely. Remove the Lemon Bars from the pan and cut into squares. These are best served within a day or two of baking.
Enjoy more lemon desserts:
- Lemonade Pie Recipe
- Lemon Cupcakes Recipe
- Lemon Poke Cake Recipe
- Low Calorie Lemon Cupcakes
- Lemon Crinkle Cookies
- Lemon Cake Recipe
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- Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies
- Easy Microwave Fudge Recipe
- Saltine Cracker Toffee
- 3 Ingredient Snicker Apple Salad Recipe
- Easy Red Velvet Cookies
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- Quick and Easy Cake Ball Recipe
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- Oreo Magic Bars Recipe
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