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Lemon Squares

Lemon squares, luscious lemon bar recipe with a buttery shortbread crust topped with a tart, yet sweet, lemon filling. 

Lemon Squares, three bars stacked on plate.

Spring is in the air very early this year.  I think that's what triggered my recent lemon bar craving.  I have a recipe a friend gave me years ago that I made a few times and then kind of forgot about.  I remember Picky Eater loving these lemon squares but I just don't think to whip up a batch.  Not anymore ~ these homemade, fresh lemon squares are perfect and simple to make.

Lemon Squares, overhead on marble board, just out of pan with powdered sugar.

Here's what I like about these lemon squares ~ the buttery shortbread-like thick crust and the sweet yet tart, but not too tart, lemon filling.  I don't like lemon bars so tart that they make you pucker.  This creamy, lemony filling, really it's a topping, is just right ~ sweet and lightly tart.

Lemon Squares, ingredients photo

I really, really love the buttery crust, so does Picky Eater.  It's a fairly substantial crust, not at all thin, and after it's baked, the edges and bottom are perfectly crispy.  It loses some of that crispness after storing the bars, but loses nothing in flavor.  Besides, they don't last long at all!

Lemon Squares, on marble board with corner piece cut.

Lemon squares are a bright, welcome dessert any time of year, not just in the spring.  And they're great for bringing to a potluck or for a hostess gift.  I gave a few bars to my neighbors and they declared them perfect.  Meathead says they're outstanding.  I just say thank you, Beth, for the recipe.  Enjoy.  Happy Spring ~ Kelly

Lemon Squares, three bars stacked on marble board.

Looking for more spring and summer desserts?  You might like my Blackberry Crisp, Blackberry Peach Cobbler, Cherry Pie and Patriotic Fruit Pizza.

If you’ve tried these Lemon Squares, please rate them below in the comments and let me know how it went ~ I love hearing from you! HUNGRY FOR MORE?  Subscribe to my Newsletter and come hang out with me on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for all the latest updates.

Lemon Squares, on board with corner piece cut.

Lemon Squares

Luscious lemon squares with a buttery crust and sweet and lightly tart filling.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 196kcal


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter, room temp (I used Kerrygold salted butter)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (more for sprinkling)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350º.  In medium bowl, combine flour, butter and powdered sugar with pastry cutter, wooden spoon or fingertips, until combined and holds together.  Pat evenly into a foil-lined and lightly sprayed 8"x 8" baking dish.  Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in another bowl, whisk together eggs, lemon juice, zest, sugar, 2T flour and baking powder until well combined.  Pour over baked crust and bake in center of oven for 25 more minutes.
  • Let cool on wire rack for 10 minutes or so, then gently pull out of pan by the aluminum foil edges.  Carefully remove bars from foil and place on a cutting board.  Dust with more powdered sugar and cut into bars, 12 to 16, depending on your size preference.

Recipe Notes

Line baking dish with aluminum foil and lightly spray with vegetable oil baking spray.  It will be much easier to remove the baked bars this way ~ they stick and are very delicate.


Calories: 196kcal Carbohydrates: 28g Protein: 2g Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 48mg Sodium: 89mg Potassium: 29mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 19g Vitamin A: 276IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 18mg Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating

Diane R.

Friday 14th of October 2022

These bars taste very good but I had issues with the tin foil. It was very difficult getting the foil out of the pan and big craters developed in the baked bars. The recipe says to wait 10 minutes or so to take the foil out of the pan but that’s not nearly enough time for the bars to cool. I wish I had used parchment paper instead.


Sunday 16th of August 2020

I've had failed attempts at lemon squares before but this recipe worked perfectly and became an instant hit with my family yesterday! I'm making another batch again today! Thank you! :)


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

Me, too! My friend gave me this recipe and it's so good and the only one's I ever make.


Wednesday 8th of March 2017

I LOVE THIS! Great post. I think I'm going to have to make these for our potluck at work on Friday; I was told to bring the dessert. But I'm seriously craving these so bad right now! I can't wait. This is the best recipe, Beth!