Lemon Squares

Hubby loves lemon... a lot! So I'm always looking for new things to do with lemon. I found this delicious recipe for lemon squares in one of my favorite cookbooks - The Girl Can't Cook by Cinda Chavich. They are delicious and super easy to whip up, but the best part about the recipe is how down-to-earth the ingredients are - they're all things you would normally stock in your pantry. So no pesky trip to the grocery store is necessary to make this recipe!

Lemon Squares
Recipe from The Girl Can't Cook, p 308


  • 1 1/4 all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp finely minced lemon zest, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Combine one cup of the flour with the icing sugar, salt, half the lemon zest and the butter. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is fine and crumbly. Press the mixture evenly into the baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes until light golden.
  2. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of flour with baking powder and set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs with granulated sugar until doubled in volume. Slowly add the flour mixture, beating until just blended. Stir in lemon juice and remaining zest. Pour the filling over the warm crust, put on your oven mitts and put the hot dish back into the oven to bake for another 20 minutes, until the filling is just set.
  3. Cool on a wire rack. Lightly sift a layer of icing sugar over top, then cut into small squares to serve.

I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious recipe. Everyone really liked the squares and they would be great to bring along to a get together with your friends or family. Or if you need to whip something up at the last minute and don't have time to run to the store!! Hope you've had a fantastic weekend and are enjoying your Sunday afternoon. I know I am!

Happy Cooking my Friends!

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