Lemon Shortbread Squares

This favorite Southern tea or dessert treat can be made with lime juice as well as lemon juice. Think of these squares as easy-to-eat tarts.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup butter, chilled
  • 6 eggs
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, grated
  • ½ tsp. baking powder

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour, ½ cup of the confectioners’ sugar, and salt. Add butter and cut mixture with 2 knives or pastry blender until crumbly. Press dough into a greased 9" × 12" pan. Pierce holes in the pastry with a fork, then bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes or until crust just begins to brown. Remove from oven.
  • Whisk together ⅓ cup flour plus eggs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and baking powder until thick and blended. Pour mixture over crust and spread evenly.
  • Bake at 350ºF for 20–25 minutes or until lemon filling is set. Remove from oven and let cool. Sprinkle remaining confectioners’ sugar over top before cutting into 16 squares.

Recipe Information

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup butter, chilled
  • 6 eggs
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, grated
  • ½ tsp. baking powder

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour, ½ cup of the confectioners’ sugar, and salt. Add butter and cut mixture with 2 knives or pastry blender until crumbly. Press dough into a greased 9" × 12" pan. Pierce holes in the pastry with a fork, then bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes or until crust just begins to brown. Remove from oven.
  • Whisk together ⅓ cup flour plus eggs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and baking powder until thick and blended. Pour mixture over crust and spread evenly.
  • Bake at 350ºF for 20–25 minutes or until lemon filling is set. Remove from oven and let cool. Sprinkle remaining confectioners’ sugar over top before cutting into 16 squares.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories680
Total Fat27g
Saturated Fat16g
Cholesterol200mg
Sodium125mg
Total Carbohydrate102g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars73g
Protein9g