Fluffy Lemon Squares Recipe
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Fluffy Lemon Squares Recipe

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A few handy convenience items hurry along preparation of these rich, lemony bars with a vanilla wafer crust. They get their sweet-tart flavor from lemon gelatin, sherbet and pudding mix. They're not only fun to make with my grandchildren, but they're delicious, too. —Joyce Speerbrecher, Grafton, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 45 wafers)
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) lemon gelatin
  • 1-1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 pint lemon sherbet, softened

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 285 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, pecans and butter; set aside 1/4 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. dish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add pudding mix; beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Add sherbet; beat on low for 1 minute or until soft-set. Fold in whipped cream.
  3. Spread over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Chill for 1 hour or until set. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Fluffy Lemon Squares in Taste of Home April/May 2008, p39

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Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"You can get Hagen Daz Lemon Sorbet at Target Stores. I made these for work and they are so yummy..."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"I also couldn't find lemon sherbet on the day I was making this, so I subsituted lime sherbet and changed one of the gelatins to lime, and voila, we had lemon-lime squares. They were delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015


Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"Where do you get lemon sherbet? I looked everywhere for it. I could only find lemon sorbet."

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"These are RICH in lemon! The crust is awesome though."

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