You may be wondering why these lemon squares are magical… they are impossible to mess up, and they are my most-complimented dessert by far! Whenever I make these, my family finishes them in under 24 hours – they’re that good.
And they’re almost too easy to make. The bottom shortbread layer is only made of a few ingredients, and mixing together the top layer ingredients takes less than ten minutes!
After baking these and letting them cool, I dusted the tops with powdered sugar, adding a bit of extra sweetness to counter the lovely tartness of the squares themselves.
Happy baking, and enjoy these tart, sweet, summery treats!
Magical Lemon Squares
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Yield: One 9-by-13 inch pan
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- Juice of 2 lemons
- Preheat your oven to 350*F and mix together the butter, cups of flour, and 1/2 cup of sugar in a medium bowl. Press this mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9-by13 inch pan.
- Bake for 18 minutes, or until golden brown. While the shortbread base is baking, whisk together the 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup of flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice, and once the shortbread is done, pour the lemon juice mixture over it.
- Bake for another 20 minutes, and when the bars have fully cooled after at least a half an hour, cut them into squares and dust them with powdered sugar. Enjoy!