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Luscious Lemon Squares

luscious lemon squares Dessert
Luscious Lemon Squares
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 25

A bright pop of citrus makes everything taste like sunshine. No wonder these easy lemon bars have become a popular recipe that home cooks love to make. The refreshing, sweet and lightly tart lemon squares are an easy-but-classic dessert. MORE+ LESS-

Updated March 15, 2019

Ingredients

1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
cup butter, softened
1/4
cup powdered sugar
2
eggs
1
cup granulated sugar
2
teaspoons grated lemon zest
2
tablespoons lemon juice
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
1/4
teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, mix flour, butter and 1/4 cup powdered sugar with spoon until well mixed. Press in ungreased 8- or 9-inch square pan, building up 1/2-inch edges.
  • 2
    Bake crust 20 minutes; remove from oven. In medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients except additional powdered sugar with electric mixer on high speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Pour over hot crust.
  • 3
    Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched lightly in center. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 1 hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into 5 rows by 5 rows.

Expert Tips

  • Line your baking pan with heavy-duty foil for easy removal and cutting. Turn the pan over and form the foil over it, then turn the pan upright and drop the foil in, gently pressing it into the corners. Fold the foil overhang over the top edges of the pan.
  • The bar crust is considered “short” because of the ratio of flour, butter, and sugar—making it extraordinarily tender and crumbly.
  • Grate just the lemony-yellow part of the lemon skin—the zest, which contains the essential flavor oils of the fruit. The underlying white part, called the pith, is bitter. So use a microplane grater or the small side of a box grater to remove just that very top layer of the lemon skin. A stiff pastry brush helps push all the zest from a box grater if that’s what you use.
  • For a bright lemon color, add 4 to 6 drops of yellow food color with the eggs and sugar mixture.
  • One medium lemon should give you just enough peel and juice to make these refreshing bar cookies.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Square
Calories
100
Calories from Fat
35
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
12%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
70mg
3%
Potassium
15mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
13g
4%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
10g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Betty Crocker published a first lemon bars recipe in 1963, in Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book. The recipe was an instant success, and within just a few short years, lemon bars had become a cookie tray classic. And what’s not to love? When we say these bright, sunny squares are “luscious,” we really mean it. Their toothsome, crunchy shortbread base, tart curd filling and powdered sugar topping make them the perfect combination of crunchy, creamy and sweet. If you’d like to change things up and make them even fancier, skip the powdered sugar sprinkle and top your bars with freshly whipped cream instead. Want to keep the lemon love going strong? We’ve got lots more lemon bar recipes where this one came from.

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