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The creamy lemon squares of your dreams take just 15 minutes of prep: Stir together a mere three ingredients to create a sunny, puckery filling for the buttery shortbread crust in this dessert.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Dessert & Treats Recipes     Cookie Recipes

Time 45m

Yield Makes 16

Number Of Ingredients 7

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
4 large egg yolks
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter paper.
  • Make crust: Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. Add flour, and mix on low just until combined. Press dough into the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of prepared pan; prick all over with a fork. Bake until lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Make filling: In a large bowl, whisk together yolks, condensed milk, and lemon juice until smooth. Pour over hot crust in pan; return to oven, and bake until filling is set, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan.
  • Refrigerate until filling is firm, about 2 hours or up to 3 days. Using paper overhang, lift cake onto a work surface; cut into 16 squares, and dust with confectioners sugar.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 189 g, Fat 9 g, Protein 4 g

Evangelyn Tuble
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I can't wait to make these lemon squares again. They are so delicious and easy to make.

Eillee Bee
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These lemon squares are the perfect dessert to serve with a cup of tea or coffee.

Shah fahad Habib
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I love the bright yellow color of these lemon squares. They are so cheerful and inviting.

Nahu Mes
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These lemon squares are the perfect dessert for a summer picnic. They are light and refreshing, and they are easy to transport.

Carlson Jack
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I made these lemon squares for my husband's birthday and he loved them. He said they were the best lemon squares he had ever had.

Rock Baba
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These lemon squares are the perfect way to use up any extra lemons you have on hand.

Rosalina Ayala
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I love that these lemon squares can be made ahead of time. They are the perfect dessert to make for a party or gathering.

Yolanda Nkomo
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These lemon squares are so easy to make, even a beginner baker can make them. They are the perfect dessert for any occasion.

Saeed bahti
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I added a little bit of lemon zest to the crust of these lemon squares and it really took them to the next level. The extra lemon flavor was amazing.

Kabba Damba
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I made these lemon squares with a gluten-free crust and they turned out great! They were just as delicious as the regular version.

isaac w
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These lemon squares are the perfect balance of sweet and tart. The lemon flavor is not too overpowering, and the sweetness is just right.

Mujtba Rajjput
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I love the creamy texture of these lemon squares. They are so rich and decadent, but they are also light enough that you can eat several without feeling guilty.

Samsad Rain
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These lemon squares are the perfect summer dessert. They are light and refreshing, and the lemon flavor is so bright and cheerful.

Alysha Smith
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I made these lemon squares for a bake sale and they were a huge success! Everyone loved them and they were gone in no time.

Plumbing Flex
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These lemon squares were a hit with my family! They were so easy to make and the lemon flavor was perfect. I will definitely be making these again.

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