Lemon Squares Recipe

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I'm expected to bring these bars to bridal showers and family gatherings. The combination of sweet and tart tastes is sure to please. —Mary Larson, Maplewood, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 145 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the flour, confectioners' sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Pat into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 16-20 minutes or until set and top is golden brown.
  2. For topping, combine the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Pour over crust (pan will be full). Bake 16-20 minutes or until set and top is golden brown. Cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Squares in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p200

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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khegeman User ID: 2379383 242805
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"Don't know what I did wrong, as I followed the recipe exactly, but the top layer never set. I baked it for the maximum time and it turned golden brown, as stated in the direction, but was runny. I wanted to take them to my daughter, but they were too runny to transport. I ended up throwing them away. So disappointed."

Rosesrred72 User ID: 6561923 93443
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Excellent taste and consistency."

allys_ally User ID: 1023510 68999
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"I took these to work and they were an instant hit! I've been requested to make them over and over. Good recipe"

MY REVIEW User ID: 3081507 126176
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"These are very good, but the topping could use less than 3 cups of sugar."

Bolero User ID: 4533683 87464
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"These just melt in your mouth! They don't last long around my house."

mirania User ID: 1081642 87461
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010


djlanczok User ID: 4810994 47870
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"made these for Desert on Super Bowl Sunday, wow what a hit everyone loved them. yum yum 2 spoons up"

sdoppieri User ID: 2616747 135113
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2009

"These are truly delicious. My family asks for them often."

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