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


  • 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


  • 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.