Layer a crumbly crust with a zesty lemon topping to create creamy lemon squares! While not many ingredients are needed, sweetened condensed milk is the key to make this treat very creamy and less tangy than classic lemon squares. The rich texture and mild lemon flavor will make you nosh these squares by the dozen. Dusted with icing sugar, the bars are perfect to serve with tea, or as a delicious present for all lemon lovers.

Layer a crumbly crust with a flavorful lemon topping to create creamy lemon squares! Dusted with icing sugar, these bars are perfect to serve with tea, or as a delicious present for all lemon lovers. You can find printable treat boxes to gift the lemon squares at our blog. #lemonsquares #baking #recipe | countryhillcottage.com

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Layer a crumbly crust with a flavorful lemon topping to create creamy lemon squares! Dusted with icing sugar, these bars are perfect to serve with tea, or as a delicious present for all lemon lovers. You can find printable treat boxes to gift the lemon squares at our blog. #lemonsquares #baking #recipe | countryhillcottage.com
Layer a crumbly crust with a flavorful lemon topping to create creamy lemon squares! Dusted with icing sugar, these bars are perfect to serve with tea, or as a delicious present for all lemon lovers. You can find printable treat boxes to gift the lemon squares at our blog. #lemonsquares #baking #recipe | countryhillcottage.com

Shelf life & storage of the lemon squares

You can store the lemon squares refrigerated for up to 4 days in an airtight container – although we doubt they will even last this long. The lemon squares can also be frozen for up to a month.

Layer a crumbly crust with a flavorful lemon topping to create creamy lemon squares! Dusted with icing sugar, these bars are perfect to serve with tea, or as a delicious present for all lemon lovers. You can find printable treat boxes to gift the lemon squares at our blog. #lemonsquares #baking #recipe | countryhillcottage.com
Yield: 25 lemon squares

Creamy Lemon Squares Recipe

Layer a crumbly crust with a flavorful lemon topping to create creamy lemon squares! Dusted with icing sugar, these bars are perfect to serve with tea, or as a delicious present for all lemon lovers. You can find printable treat boxes to gift the lemon squares at our blog. #lemonsquares #baking #recipe | countryhillcottage.com

Layer a crumbly crust with a zesty lemon topping to create creamy lemon squares! While not many ingredients are needed, sweetened condensed milk is the key to make this treat very creamy and less tangy than classic lemon squares. The rich texture and mild lemon flavor will make you nosh these squares by the dozen. If you want to switch things up, replace the lemon juice and zest with the same amounts of freshly squeezed lime juice and zest.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Freezing Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 150 g (2/3 cup) cold, unsalted butter + extra for greasing the baking pan
  • 190 g (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 85 g (2/3 cup) icing (confectioners’/powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the filling

  • 1 egg (UK & Europe: M / US, CA, AUS & NZ: L)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 x 400 g (14 oz) tin (can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

To garnish

  • icing (confectioners’/powdered) sugar

Instructions

  1. Prep the baking tin. Coat the bottom and sides of a square baking tin (pan) with baking spray, oil or soft butter. Place a piece of baking or parchment paper on top, creating an overhang on two sides.
  2. Mix the crust. Add the flour, icing sugar, salt and cold butter into a large mixing bowl. Create a crumbly texture using a dough hook. Fill the crumbs into the prepared baking tin (pan) and press crumbs firmly down until the entire bottom of the tin (pan) is evenly covered and no bare spots are showing.
  3. Freeze and bake the crust. Place the baking tin (pan) into the freezer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F / gas mark 4). After 15 minutes, remove the tin (pan) from the freezer and bake the crust for 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Mix the lemon topping. While the crust is baking, mixing the lemon filling. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, egg, and egg yolks until perfectly combined. Add the lemon juice and zest and continue whisking until well blended.
  5. Bake the lemon squares. Remove the crust from the oven and pour the lemon filling on top. Reduce the heat to 160°C (325°F / gas mark 3), and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until the filling has set. Allow to cool on a wire rack
  6. Cut and decorate the squares. Transfer the crust to a cutting board and cut into 4 cm by 4 cm (1.5 in x 1.5 in) squares. Dust the lemon squares with icing (confectioners’/powdered) sugar before serving.

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