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Bar Cookies - Lemon Squares

Updated on July 18, 2011
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Having lived in both North and South Louisiana, Yvonne has accumulated a variety of great country, Cajun and New Orleans style recipes.

Delicious Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares with other holiday cookies.
Lemon Squares with other holiday cookies. | Source

Easy Lemon Bars

My Mom and I made Lemon Squares when I was in junior high, many years ago. Since then my family has been enjoying them during holidays almost every year. They are an easy to make, rich bar cookie that looks and tastes like an expensive bakery item.

Lemon Squares (also called Lemon Bars) are a delicious treat anytime of the year. Here's the recipe that we have been using since the late 1960s.

Baking With Mom

Some of my fondest memories are of the time I spent with my Mom in the kitchen. Mother was an excellent cook and her specialty was baking. By the time I was about 10 or 11 years old and was tall enough to work on the counter top, she was teaching me about recipes and how to measure ingredients.

Cookies, especially bar cookies are easy for even children to make. Of course, for safety reasons, Mother didn't allow us to operate the oven until we were in our teens. We still enjoyed baking with Mom. I am thankful that she took the time to teach us those important life skills. And now, decades later, I am still using those and the many other skills that I learned from her.

I have always loved almost anything made with lemons. The lemon squares or bars have just the right amount of sweet and sour to give your taste buds that little zing. I hope you'll enjoy the recipe.

A double batch of Lemon Squares.
A double batch of Lemon Squares. | Source

Lemon Squares Recipe

Makes 16 squares.
Hint: It's best to squeeze you own lemons to get fresh juice.



  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (grated lemon rind), optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Measure the flour by dipping method or by sifting and place it in a large bowl.
Blend the flour, butter and confectioner's sugar thoroughly.
Press the dough evenly into a square 8x8x2 inch pan.
Bake the dough for 20 minutes.

Beat the eggs, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon juice (and zest if desired) with a whisk until it is smooth.
Pour the filling mixture over the baked crust and bake 20 to 25 minutes more.

Be sure to check it at the 18 to 20 minute mark so you don't bake it too long. The filling should be light brown around the edges. It puffs during baking but flattens when cooled.

Sprinkle the top with a little confectioner's sugar and cut into squares after it has cooled.

There are many recipes for this delicious bar cookie, but all of them are basically the same with very slight variations in the ingredients. The instructions don't vary much either. You mix the dough. Press it into a square pan (or rectangular one for a double recipe). Bake it while you are mixing the filling. Pour the filling over the dough and bake it a little longer.

The basic recipe that my Mom taught me came from the 1960s version of the Betty Crocker Cooky Book. You can find many of your favorite cookies in this wonderful old gem.

My instructions have been written to elaborate more on the procedure so that even the beginning baker can prepare this tantalizing treat.

I have also included a video which shows, step by step, how to make Lemon Squares. The recipe in the video is very similar to the one that I use.

How to Make Lemon Squares Video

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Cookie Book & Baking Supplies

Betty Crocker's Cooky Book
Betty Crocker's Cooky Book

This is the cookie book that I have been using since the 1960s. There are many of great cookie recipes here.

Pyrex Grip-Rite 8-Inch Square Baking Dish, Clear
Pyrex Grip-Rite 8-Inch Square Baking Dish, Clear

A good Pyrex pan for your lemon squares.

OXO Good Grips PRO Grater
OXO Good Grips PRO Grater

A good grater if you want to add some lemon zest.


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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from South Louisiana

      Thanks flagostomos,

      Lemon squares are one of my all time favorite cookies. They come in a box mix, but the mix is no where near the ones I make from scratch.

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      flagostomos 6 years ago from Washington, United States

      My mom makes lemon squares that look exactly like those, and sure enough I checked the recipes and it's very close. These are delicious! Thanks for the post.

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from South Louisiana

      Thanks for the comment. Sorry, didn't mean to make you hungry... oops, it is lunch time. Glad you're a fan, too.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      My tongue is crying out for one of these now! I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out nicely with the gorgeous photos! I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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