There’s nothing quite like the sugary, zesty tang of a lemon dessert, and our Lemon Squares are spot on when your sweet tooth kicks in. We’ve kept things pretty simple with this one so you can prepare and cook up a batch in just one hour. Pro tip: make sure you thoroughly grease the pan, getting into every nook and cranny. This ensures you don’t waste a crumb of these delicious lemon squares! And one final tip: pick up a bag or two of Brookshire’s Sugar on sale all this week.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp lemon peel, grated
2 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix flour, butter and powdered sugar in small bowl. Press evenly with hands into bottom and about 1/2 inch up side of ungreased 8 x 8 pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
Beat remaining ingredients in medium bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Pour over hot crust. Bake just until no indention remains when touched lightly in center, about 25 minutes. Let stand until cool. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares. Dust with sifted powdered sugar.
Calories: 253, Fat: 11 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 63 mg, Sodium: 153 mg, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 3 g.
For those new to baking – or the bakers that are looking to improve their skills – here are some quick tips and tricks to get even more out of your baking.
- Invest in some kitchen scales. Even small deviations in measurements can really mess with your recipe, but your ingredients will be spot on with digital scales. They’re not expensive and they are handy for all types of cooking.
- Use room-temperature ingredients when the recipe calls for it (usually those that require creaming). It will be easier and the end product will be much better.
- Check your oven temperature. The number you see on the dial isn’t necessarily accurate, especially with older ovens. Ensuring you have the right temperature is key to baking, which is where an inexpensive oven thermometer comes in. Simply place it in your oven and you’re done. But remember, this doesn’t replace turning the pan halfway through cooking when called for. Most ovens have a hot spot and even with the correct temperature, you can still wind up with unevenly baked goods.
- Thoroughly read the recipe and prepare all of your ingredients before you get started. This last one might seem like a no brainer, but it’s easy to get carried away only to find you are out of eggs or you missed a step.
For Lemon Lovers
Looking for more lemon desserts? If you get tired of Lemon Squares (although we doubt it), here are a bunch of other lemon infused dessert ideas to try: lemon pie, lemon cheesecake, lemon tart, lemon cookies, lemon cake, lemon donuts, lemon Crème Brûlée, lemon meringue cupcakes, lemon sorbet and last but not least, lemon pudding. And if you love lemon treats but not all of the sugar in traditional recipes, simply put “sugar free” in front when searching for recipes online.