Thursday, June 14, 2012

Easy Lemon Squares

Yumm. These lemon squares were tart yet sweet..and so easy!! My friend asked me if we could bake something fast and easy for her supervisor and of course i said yes! 

first, you'll have to make the yummy, buttery shortbread mmm. this has always been my go-to shortbread recipe and everyone goes insane for it. 
cream the butter. add the powder sugar, flour, and vanilla and mix until it forms a dough.

cover the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge! 

 after the 10 minutes is up, grab an 8x8 inch pan and spread the dough with your fingers! i think it would have been smarter to line the pan with parchment paper buuut..i totally forgot. the sides of the dessert were pretty stuck but the middle parts came out just fine. 
anyway, bake for 25-30 minutes in a 325 degree oven or until the edges are golden brown. 

meaaanwwhiillee.... mix together zest and juice of 2 lemons, 4 eggs, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 1/4 cup flour. and that's it for the lemon filling!!

 let the lemon mixture sit for 10 minutes before pouring into the semi-cooled shortbread. bake for 20-25 minutes in 325 degree oven until the edges are browned and the filling is set but not too jiggly.. 

 let it cool completely before cutting!... well i couldn't wait until it was cooled, so i just cut the sides off and ate it. soooo goood!! i cut the lemon squares with a knife that i ran under hot water so i could get those sexy clean sides. 
oh! and in my opinion, the lemon squares tasted even better once it's been cooled way down in the fridge. the flavor of the lemon just pops out and wakes up your tastebuds. delicious. 

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup powder sugar
1 cup all purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

lemon topping:
4 eggs
zest of 2 lemons 
juice of 2 lemons 
1 1/2 cups sugar 
1/4 cup flour

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