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Old Fashioned Lemon Squares

Old fashioned lemon squares just like Grandma's. These easy to make squares have a flakey short crust and tangy lemon filling. Perfect for afternoon tea or a light dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Cookies & Squares, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 Squares
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Deanna


For the Crust

  • 1 Cup Flour All purpose
  • 1/2 Cup Cold butter cut into cubes
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt

For the Top

  • 1 Cup Icing sugar plus additional for dusting the top after baking
  • 2 Large eggs beaten
  • 2 Tbsp Flour All purpose
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Large lemon, juiced 3-4 tbsp juice
  • Zest of same large lemon 2 tsp


For the Crust

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it resembles fine crumbs
  • Press into an ungreased 9x9 pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven to add lemon top.

For the Lemon Top

  • Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees
  • Whisk all the filling ingredients together and pour over the base.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until top is set.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Run a knife along the edge of the lemon bars to loosen it from the pan, then turn it out onto a cutting board.
  • Cut into 16 squares, then dust with powdered sugar.


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg