Yum Peaceful Cooking: Luscious Lemon Squares and a Novice or Two

Monday, June 7, 2010

Luscious Lemon Squares and a Novice or Two

Novice: A person new to a field or activity. A beginner

I'm a novice when it comes to lemon bars / squares. I've never made them (and still haven't) and I've never eaten one. 

My youngest child is a novice to adulthood (she just graduated last week from high school) and in the kitchen for the most part.

Last night while I was trying to sleep, Jacquie was in the kitchen with the food processor and mixer, whipping up a batch of lemon squares to satisfy a craving she'd had for a few days. I would normally have jumped on the idea of making something new but I'm still not feeling all that great. 

She searched the internet for a recipe and found one that she liked over at Food Network.com: Luscious Lemon Squares and she went for it. She said they were surprisingly easy to make and less then 24 hours later, they are 3/4 gone. 

Since I have nothing to compare them to, I can't say how they stack up to other lemon bars. They taste good. They're gooey, tart and sweet. Do they need any other qualities? (I honestly don't know)

Apparently my little baby daughter has a thing for lemon. 

Since I was asleep, there are no pictures of the process. (I'm lucky I got a picture of a few of the bars before they disappeared). 

Luscious Lemon Squares

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup butter, cut into small cubes

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
confectioners sugar for dusting

Preheat your oven to 350'F

In a food processor, blend all the ingredients until they resemble course meal. (I think the process should be pulsed and not blended?). Press the mixture into the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool

In a bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar and lemon juice. Add the flour and baking powder and blend until just incorporated. Pour the filling into the cooled crust and bake until set....about 25 minutes. Cool completely. Dust with confectioners sugar and cut into squares.


  1. Danielle, I am so sorry to hear you are still not feeling well. I sure hope this passes soon. Wow, your daughter needs to send me a couple of these as they look heavenly. I have a thing for lemon too.

  2. They look and sound wonderful, I'm pretty much lemony person (and so is my sweets-non-loving husband). Should really give them a try.
    Hope you feel better soon.

  3. Congratulations to your daughter both on her graduation and on her success in the baking world!!

    I too have never tried Lemon Squares, but I think I have to!!

    Hope you feel better soon.

  4. Yummm I love anything lemon!
    Hope you feel better!!

  5. Boy this takes me back to PTA days and baking for fundraisers. I've got to try these luscious lemon bars again. Hope you feel well soon.

  6. Hope you feel better soon! The lemon squares look great. I used to bake them quite often and will have to do so again. I add a tablespoon of lemon rind to the filling. You take care!

  7. Those look DELISH!!! I LOVE lemon squares!! I've only made them once. Hope you feel better!

  8. I used to think I didn't like lemon, and then someone at work made lemon bars. Guess I like lemon. LOL I'm a lemon bar virgin,too, btw. Your daughter did a wonderful job!

  9. Bridgett - thanks :)...Its just one of those things that hasn't kicked my butt...but it's hanging on. I'm liking lemon more and more lately :)

    Dajana - Lemon just seems to have a way of being sweet without making it seem like youre eating sweets. does that make sense?

    Brownieville - Yes you should. I think everyone should have a lemon square at least once in their life

    Tango - Thanks girl! :)

    Linda - haha...ya, now that you mention it....they are a very PTA'ish bake sale thing.

    Pam - Thats a great tip!! I love the freshness that zest adds. thank you

    Spryte - hey chickie!! good to see you :)

    Cathy - I use to think I didn't like lemon either!! LOL....how silly we were.

  10. Sweet, gooey, lemony...fits all my requirements!

  11. yummy looks great i love to eat it

  12. Lemon desserts are my nemesis...they inevitably give me problems (making, not eating)!! These look pretty awesome...I'm going to have to give them a go! I hope you're feeling better soon.

  13. I think she did a really great job. Lemon bars are one of my favorite treats and they are a perfect way for a novice to begin baking. She "did you proud" mama. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  14. so your gal's all grown up, eh? meh, i'm 27 and still a momma's girl. :)
    great bars, i say. lemon bars aren't a favorite in my world, but i can still appreciate 'em!

  15. I am an avid lemon lover and addict. I could eat a whole plate of these yellow beauties! Yum Yum! Thanks for sharing this . . . the photo is gorgeous! Roz


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