Luscious Lemon Squares

luscious lemon squares
Luscious Lemon Squares
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 25

Everyone loves homemade lemon squares! These refreshing sweet and lightly tart lemon squares are Betty's Best.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) icing sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) grated lemon peel, if desired
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Icing sugar


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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350ºF (180°C).
  • 2
    Mix flour, butter and icing sugar. Press in ungreased 8 or 9 inch (20 or 23 cm) square pan, building up 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) edges.
  • 3
    Bake crust 20 minutes.
  • 4
    Beat granulated sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice, baking powder, salt and eggs with electric mixer on high speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Pour over hot crust.
  • 5
    Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched lightly in centre. Cool; dust with icing sugar. Cut into about 1 1/2-inch (3.5 cm) squares.

  • Did You Know? Grate only the yellow portion of the lemon; the white portion, or pith, is very bitter.
  • Substitution: Rise to the occasion! Self-rising flour can be used in this recipe. (Do not omit baking powder and salt.)
  • Success: To ensure recipe success, do not use vegetable oil spreads.
  • How-To: For a bright lemon colour, add 4 to 6 drops of yellow food colour with the eggs and sugar mixture.
  • Purchasing: One medium lemon should give you just enough peel and juice to make these refreshing bar cookies.
  • Variation: Make Lemon-Coconut Squares: Stir 1/2 cup (125 mL) flaked coconut into egg mixture in step 2.

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