Lemon Bars

Lemon Squares

A homestyle favorite. If you should wish to halve the recipe, select an 8 X 8-inch pan. Recipe provided by Cushing Cafe, Hanover MA.
Servings 20 treats


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar plus additional for garnish
  • 1 cup 8 ounces butter, cold
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 lemons zested and juiced (at least ¼ cup juice)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • Set the oven to 350 degrees, and find a 13 X 9-inch pan.
  • Make the crust. To work by hand, combine the flour and ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar in a medium work bowl. Chop the butter in bits, then cut it into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender, a couple butter knives or a chopper, (or, if you have nice cold hands, you can quickly rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips). To use a food processor, put the crust ingredients in it, then whir in the cold butter. Regardless of technology selected, the dough will appear crumbly and powdery.
  • Press the dough evenly into the pan, then bake it until very pale golden, about 20 minutes.
  • For the filling, whisk the eggs in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and whisk to combine well, then pour the custard onto the baked crust.
  • Return the pan to the hot oven and bake for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until custard is set and very lightly golden.
  • Allow to cool thoroughly before cutting.


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