Lemon Squares

English: Shortbread lemon squares. Italiano: S...

This post is for my friend, Zoe, who requested my lemon square recipe.  I got this from my Mom who got it from Canadian Living or something (Mom, feel free to clarify the origins of the recipe).  They are extremely good.

Lemon Shortbread Squares

Blend the following ingredients using either a mixer or a dough blender.

2 cups flour
1 cup margarine
1/2 cup sugar

Press the crumbs into a 9×13 ungreased pan (glass is best) and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.  While that is baking, mix together the following ingredients.  Just use the same bowl you used for the shortbread base – don’t worry about cleaning it out.

2 cups sugar
4 eggs
4 teaspoons grated lemon peel (approx 2 lemons worth)
6 Tablespoons lemon juice (just squeeze out the lemons and supplement with bottled lemon juice)
4 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking powder (NOT soda, I made that mistake once)
1/2 teaspoon salt

When the shortbread is done pull it out of the oven and pour the topping on the shortbread.  Bake at 325 degrees (same temperature as the shortbread, so it is nice and simple) for 25 minutes or until it is nearly set.  The way that I test the doneness (not even a word, but whatever) is gently life up one end of the pan.  If the middle barely moves, it is done.  If the middle shifts significantly, put it in for another few minutes.  Although I will say that underdone lemon squares are better than overdone lemon squares.  I also know this from experience.

Happy lemon-squaring!


2 thoughts on “Lemon Squares

  1. Even though I’m your Dad and try not to comment on every one of my (3) delightful daughters’ posts I can’t resist recommending these devastatingly delicious bits of tid to your readers from personal experience.

    “Sunshine in a pan” is one way of putting it (there are others, but there are also standards to uphold, of course).

    Good choice from Mom’s many yummy recipes Jen!

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