Layered Lemon Dessert Squares

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


15 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
I found this recipe in an old cookbook and changed it to be extra citrusy. If you’re a fan of Key lime pie, try lime flavors instead of lemon. —Dawn E. Lowenstein, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Layered Lemon Dessert Squares Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 cups butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each ) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 jars (10 ounces each) lemon curd or 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) lemon pie filling


  1. In a large bowl, mix cracker crumbs, 3/4 cup sugar and cinnamon; stir in butter. Reserve half of mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in cream and extract until soft peaks form. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over crust. Gently spread lemon curd over cream cheese layer. Spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with reserved cracker crumb mixture. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

Can you freeze Layered Lemon Dessert Squares?

After assembling, cover and freeze dessert. To use, thaw in refrigerator overnight.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 676 calories, 42g fat (25g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 361mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.