Lemon Squares

February 16, 2008

Tart, sweet, gooey, chewy, wonderful! I love Lemon Squares! SAM

1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, divided
2 cups plus 1/3 cup all purpose flour, divided
4 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
Juice of 2 lemons (6 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and set aside. With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of flour and beat until smooth. Spread evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.

In a clean bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer until light and frothy. Gradually add the granulated sugar, beating until thickened. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, remaining 1/3 cup flour, and baking powder and beat until smooth. Pour the lemon mixture over the bake crust, return to the oven, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until pale golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining 3 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar. Cool in the pan on a wire rack and cut into squares.
Makes 20 squares.