Luscious Lemon Squares

I am not a big fan of chocolate so I hardly ever zero in on chocolate desserts.  When at a restaurant or a function, I go for the other desserts ~ pies, tarts, fresh fruit, ice cream, cheesecake and particularly lemon squares.  Oh, I love them!

These lemon squares have a great tender, rich crust that doesn’t crumble easily and a lemon filling that is really ‘super lemony.’   The recipe includes lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract.  It’s like sweet/tart lemon curd on a buttery shortbread crust.  The texture of the lemon filling is creamy and just a little gooey.  Wow!  Tangy and decadent!

Lemon squares are a great mix between sweet and tart and a perfect dessert or treat any time!


Luscious Lemon Squares


1½ sticks, plus 2 teaspoons butter, room temperature
1¾ cups plus 3 tablespoons flour
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for garnish
¼ cup cornstarch
¾ teaspoon salt, plus a pinch
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons lemon zest
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
½ teaspoon lemon extract
¼ cup milk


Lightly butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with 1 teaspoon of butter.
Line with 1 sheet of parchment or waxed paper.
Butter the top of this sheet of paper with 1 teaspoon of the remaining butter.
Lay a second sheet of parchment or waxed paper crosswise over the first sheet. 
The parchment should be cut large enough so that the sides are even with the top of the baking dish.  This extra paper will be used as handles to help lift the lemon squares from the pan later.  Set pan aside.

In a large bowl, combine 1¾ cups of the flour, 2/3 cup of confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch, and ¾ teaspoon salt and mix thoroughly.
Cut the remaining 1½ sticks of butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or your hands, work the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 

Transfer butter-flour mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into a 1/4-inch layer along the bottom and partly up the sides of the pan.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

While the crust is in the refrigerator, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake the crust until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

While the crust is baking, assemble the filling by combining eggs, granulated sugar, flour and lemon zest in a medium bowl.  Whisk until smooth.
Stir in lemon juice, milk, lemon extract and remaining pinch of salt; mix well.

When crust is done, remove from oven.

Stir the lemon mixture again; pour onto the warm crust.
Bake until filling is set, about 20 minutes. 
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Lift the paper that lines the 2 longest sides of the baking dish and remove the bars from the pan by pulling up.
The entire dessert will come away from the pan easily.
Transfer to a cutting board and cut into squares, cleaning knife after each cut.
Dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

A Perfect lemony dessert!

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, at My Kind of Cooking for her great recipes and cookbook giveaway.


  1. I love lemon squares. I could eat an entire pan of them in one sitting...easily!!!

  2. Lemon bars are one of my favorite sweets. I'm not a big chocolate fan either and would choose these any day of the week.

  3. I love lemon bars and yours look delicious! I have a cake stand just like that:)

  4. I am not a choco lover either, these look refreshing to eat

  5. I wish I can have a slice of your lemon squares now. It sounds so yummy!

  6. Well Pam, I'm a big fun of choco but your lemon squares look delicious too!!

  7. Que cuadradito más fantásticos. Delicioso para una merienda o un desayuno.


  8. Pam...I do so love lemons...and yet have never made lemon squares.
    Thanks for this yummy recipe ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  9. I love chocolate but every once in awhile you need something different. Your recipe would tempt any die hard chocoholic! I can't wait to whip up a batch when I get home.

  10. those do look luscious! i love lemon squares!

  11. You are right--the two sheets of buttered parchment are KEY to getting those suckers out of the pan. Otherwise, it's a mess. A delicious mess, but still!

  12. I love lemon desserts dear Pam! and these lemon squares look delicious! and..I m in love of your plate!! gloria

  13. Your lemon squares look so delicious...I can smell lemon in the air...

  14. I love lemon bars! Yours look great!

  15. The use of parchment paper for lemon bars just never came to me!
    What a terrific idea!
    Oh, these look luscious, and anything lemony hits the spot with me every time!

  16. oh these look fab love lemon and lemon curd will have to get some in UK he he

  17. Love these with a nice cup of tea! This is the second Lemon dessert I have come across today so I'm thinking someone's trying to tell me something! Beautiful!!!!!

  18. My MIL makes these. It sounds like she uses a very similar recipe.

    The whole family just loves them, though they are not my favorite.

  19. Lemon squares are my grandmother's absolute favorite! I have yet to make them for her, but after seeing your lovely squares I will.


  20. I love - I adore lemon bars. sandie

  21. I love ALL lemon desserts! Your squares sounds really creamy... yum :)

  22. I agree with Victoria, I'm a sucker for all lemon desserts. Also, your cake stand is the cutest thing I've ever seen! :D

  23. Pam, I'm so glad I had the opportunity to stop by, visit, and follow today! Lemon desserts are my favorite, and lemon bars are at the top of my list (along with Lemon Meringue Pie). Yours look phenomenal! I can't wait to try your recipe! Best, Jenn

  24. I can't fathom not liking chocolate but lemon is my second favorite dessert flavor. Lemon is luscious and these sound fabulous.

  25. My husband would DIE if I made these! IN a good way!

  26. Your lemon squares look so deliciously tempting, love your serving tray a lot!

  27. Yes Pam. You have just posted my most favorite dessert. I don't love chocolate but I have such a soft spot for lemon bars. I could eat them breakfast, lunch or dinner! Thank you for sharing and tempting me to make my own pan.

  28. your lemon square looks so tempting, yum yum!

  29. I love chocolate but sometimes I like to abstain for a while, so that when I do have it, it would be heavenly.
    And I have also learnt to acquire a taste for lemony food. Your lemon squares will be on my list. Thanks.

  30. These look fabulous I make them all the time, its been awhile since I am remodeling cant wait to make them again so fresh and yours are perfect!

  31. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmmm. Those sound SO good. Had to print out the recipe. Surprisingly, I have never made these before. But I will now!

  32. Lemon squares are one of my favorite desserts too! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  33. Me too; if I have a choice i will always go with the lemon and this looks fantastic!

  34. Yum! I love lemon bars, and this recipe looks perfect! Definitely bookmarking for the coming week. Awesome recipe, Pam!

  35. Thanks so much to all of you and I'm glad you like the lemon squares! Hope you give them a try!

  36. My love for chocolate runs deep, but I also can't resist a luscious lemon square. I bet these were taas-ty!

    I have that same cake stand :)


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