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Lemon Squares Recipe

Lemon Squares Recipe

This Lemon Squares Recipe is part of my lemon dessert recipes . This is a super popular everybody-makes-these super easy cookie bar recipe .

These really aren't considered a standard in Italian Dessert Recipes but when my mom wasn't preaching the sugar-is-bad-for-you sermon, she would bake American type desserts.

Perhaps my non-Italian-health-goddess-hippie mom felt squeezing the lemons was in some way redeeming. Somehow my Italian grandma definitely blessed it along the way and requested it often! Truth be told - there is NOTHING secret or etnically branded in this recipe. It's everywhere! One item though - we cut them into squares. (Thus " lemon squares ") And that's only because my mom wanted us to have smaller portions - afraid our teeth would fall out and we'd bounce through the house and shatter some hanging macrame table with the burning incense on a sugar high.

If this wasn't the type of Lemon Squares Recipe you were looking for - see my lemon dessert recipes .

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Lemon Squares

YIELD: 9x13 inch pan.

Ingredients

* 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

* 1 cup confectioners' sugar

* 1 cup butter, melted

* 4 eggs

* 2 cups white sugar

* 1 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/4 cup flour

* 5/8 cup lemon juice (REAL lemons - seriously!)

Crust Procedure

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

* Grease pan set aside

* Stir together flour and confectioners' sugar

* Blend in the melted butter

* Press into the bottom of the prepared pan

* Bake for 15 minutes (or until golden)

Lemon Layer Procedure

* Beat the eggs until light

* Combine the sugar, flour and baking powder until all the lumps are gone

* Blend the sugar mixture into the eggs

* Add the lemon juice.

* Pour over the crust - the one you just prepared

* Return the dish to the over

* Bake for an additional (or until bars don't jiggle)

* Totally cool the bars before you cut them (or you will be really mad at yourself!)


Do I have to use real lemons?

Yeah, kinda. Really don't be a boring cook. The flavor from the real lemons is a "gotta".


Can I use a graham cracker crust?

Sure, but the bottom won't be as firm. Won't hurt though. But you will probably need a fork to eat them with.

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