Many of my all time favorite sweet recipes center around the lemon theme. I love the tart tanginess that lemon gives and is balanced with a sweet note. So delicious. One of my favorite lemon treats are lemon squares.
I was talking with a friend about them and she was saying how she too loved them and she started discussing the brand name of the box mix she likes best. I said I had never had that and that I always made them from scratch. She stood there mouth ajar and was throughly impressed. I am not sure how hard it is to make the ones from a box but I bet the homemade ones are just as easy. They don’t require a mixer even. Just a whisk and a pastry blender or forks.
I have been making this simple recipe since I was a girl. I have made it with both fresh squeezed lemon juice and the juice in a jar and both ways are good. With the fresh squeezed I think you get a little more tang. While it is my preferred method I certainly have made them plenty of times with the jarred, because where I come from any lemon square is better than no lemon square. I hope that you will give it a try.
Here’s the recipe:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Mix ingredients for crust until crumbly. As I said before I have done this with two forks but I prefer a pastry blender if you have one. Spread the dough evenly in a 13X9 pan and press firmly. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
While your crust is baking mix together the filling ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk. Pour onto the crust once it is done baking for 15 minutes. Put the pan back in the oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool bars completely, overnight is best. I like to do this in the fridge because it is faster and I really want a bite of the lemon squares, but also because it makes it really easy to cut them for serving.
Once pan is cooled dust lemon bars with powdered sugar. I have never measured this part. Likely it is 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar.
Cut into squares and enjoy.