Sweets | Old School Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares, fletcher + fork

Are you looking for an incredibly simple, crowd pleasing dessert for Easter Sunday? Operating under the theory that just about everyone loves lemon, I often make these for big gatherings. Having just returned from Key Largo last night and scrambling to get ready for tomorrow’s holiday brunch, I plan to serve these, my grandmother’s lemon squares.
Not only do they come together in a snap, I almost always have the ingredients on hand. Flour, powdered sugar, eggs, butter, and lemon. Done!

Old School Lemon Squares

makes 18

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter, diced then slightly softened
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Whisk flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add butter to the flour and powdered sugar, and using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut until mixture looks like coarse meal.
  3. Press this mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 13 inch pan. Don’t worry – it’s not supposed to look pretty or perfect.
  4. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.
  5. Beat eggs, granulated sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest until thoroughly combined.
  6. Pour egg/lemon mixture onto crust and bake until just set – about 20 more minutes.
  7. Let cool completely. Cut and sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

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