This Old-Fashioned Lemon Squares recipe is tart, buttery, and sweet. The crust is a simple buttery shortbread crust topped with a lemon curd filling made with fresh lemon juice, sugar, and a touch of lemon curd for extra lemon flavor.
I am very particular when it comes to lemon desserts. In fact, you can say that I am not a fan of most lemon desserts such as Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Cookies, and lemon pudding (if that is a thing). Not a fan. However, the one lemon dessert that I LOVE is Lemon Squares.
How to make these Easy Lemon Bars Recipe
These tangy lemon squares are quite simple to make. You start by making a shortbread crust that is made with flour, sugar, and butter. Bake the crust until it is firm but still light. Next, you make the lemon custard using eggs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon curd, and flour. Whisk that until well combined and pour on top of the crust. Bake for a few short minutes and allow to cool. Once cooled, dust with powdered sugar, cut into squares, and you are all done.
Commonly Asked Questions
No. The filling should be okay without it. I found that the lemon curd does enhance the flavor a bit though and makes the lemon bars better.
You definitely don’t want to serve these bars hot or warm. You need to allow them to cool at room temperature for a few hours to ensure the custard filling sets well. I do refrigerate them to speed up this process and I think having a chill on the squares makes them taste better too.
This might be okay. When I make this easy lemon squares recipe, I do find there to be a bit of dried foam around the perimeter. This does not affect the taste. Also, after you dust it with powdered sugar you won’t be able to tell.
If you like this lemon dessert recipe, you will enjoy the ones listed below!
- No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Parfait
- Lemon and Cherry Dump Cake
- Strawberry Lemonade Bars
- Lemon Pudding Cake