Some of my favorite desserts are light and refreshing. And that’s precisely why this recipe for Lemon Squares has a special place in my heart… and in my stomach!

Now, I don’t call them the “best ever” for nothing.

These Lemon Squares are the *perfect* balance of tartness and sweetness which is ideal for the spring and summer months.

lemon squares

The filling is similar to lemon curd, and it gets a bit of a crispy layer on the top (similar to meringue) when baked.

They also have a shortbread-like crust that is both buttery and slightly sweet. Each taste will give you a sinful, textured bite. Talk about enjoyable!

Best Ever Lemon Squares
Yield: 12-15 Squares

Best Ever Lemon Squares

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a family-friendly dessert like this. These lemon squares a little different from other recipes out there.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for topping
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


  1. Preheat over to 350°.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups flour, the butter and the confectioners’ sugar. Mix until crumbly.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish to form a crust.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, with an electric beater on medium speed, beat the remaining 1/2 cup flour, the granulated sugar, eggs, lemon juice and lemon extract until well blended.
  6. Pour over the hot crust.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until set. Keep an eye in the final minutes that these don’t start to brown… it means the curd has cooked a bit too long.
  8. Allow to cool, then cut into squares.
  9. Dust with extra confectioners’ sugar and serve.


*If you want these bars to have a thicker crust, you can also bake these in an 11×8 pan. Baking time should stay about the same.

I feel like you really can’t go wrong with lemon squares. That’s why people gobble up this dessert whenever I bring it to a gathering. And did I mention these lemon squares are published in a cookbook? Yep. They earned a spot in “Mr. Food—A Taste of QVC”… and for a good reason!

Related: 4 Just Jill Lemon Recipes for Spring

As the hot temps hang around, I hope you’ll find some time to make these at home… in the AC of course! They’re really quite the treat (and I won’t tell anyone if you go back for seconds!).

From my kitchen to yours,


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