Creamy Lemon Squares

For those of you that know me, know I’m a big-time chocolate girl. I love making desserts and they pretty much always involve chocolate somehow.

But even the most devoted chocolate fan needs to take a break every once in awhile.[Tweet “Even the most devoted chocolate fan needs to take a break every once in awhile.”] I may or may not have overdone it on the chocolate this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Whatever the case, for family dinner, I decided to revisit one of my favorite non-chocolate desserts of all time, Creamy Lemon Squares.

Delicious Creamy Lemon Squares perfect for any occasion!I got this recipe from Martha Stewart Living. You know, the magazine. I discovered it way back before Pinterest when I used to have subscriptions to at least three cooking magazines at a time.

This dessert is maybe better suited for springtime because it is so bright and cheery, but I still couldn’t resist making it for the family.

To make these Creamy Lemon Squares you will need:

1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
1 cup flour
4 egg yolks
1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
strawberries for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut out a piece of parchment paper to fit in an 8×8 inch pan with paper hanging a bit over two sides. Lightly butter the parchment paper.

2. Cream the butter, powdered sugar, and salt. It’s easiest with a mixer, on medium.

3. Add the flour and mix until everything is combined.

4. Press the dough into your prepared dish about a half inch or so up the sides, and poke holes all over. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly browned.

5. Mix the egg yolks, condensed milk, and lemon juice in a bowl. Pour on top of the baked crust.

6. Bake for 20 minutes or until set. (When you shake the pan slightly, it doesn’t jiggle.)

7. Let it cool in the pan until it’s cool enough to grab the parchment paper and pull them out of the pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours (if you can wait that long.) Dust a bit of powdered sugar on top, cut into squares, and serve.

These delicious Creamy Lemon Squares are perfect for any occasion!

I would highly recommend the strawberries on the side! Not only do they make for a lovely presentation, but turns out, strawberries and lemon are a delicious combo!

These were a huge hit with the entire family! And just thinking about the shortbread crust and smooth lemon filling is making me want to make them again next week!

I hope you enjoy!!

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  • Reply Tiffany

    These look to die for! I’m definitely bringing these to the next potluck dinner I have!

    February 16, 2016 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply

      Oh yes! You should!! They are soooo good!!

      February 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    These look so good, I love lemony desserts! I have been looking for an excuse to finally use my kitchen aid mixer! Ha!

    February 17, 2016 at 10:07 am
    • Reply

      I forgot how much I liked lemon desserts, I’m always so focused on chocolate! I love my kitchen aid mixer! Enjoy!!

      February 17, 2016 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Pinned! Pinned! Pinned! Saying that one more time would just be annoying right ? 🙂

    February 17, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply

      Haha-not at all!!

      February 17, 2016 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Ai

    Oh yum! I’m not a huge fan of lemon squares because every time I have them, they’re kind of dry and chewy. But these!!! You had me at “creamy”! 🙂 I will give them a try!

    February 17, 2016 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply

      These are definitely not dry or chewy! They are so delicious!!

      February 18, 2016 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Rebekah @ Surviving Toddlerhood

    I have got to play around with this recipe! Lemon bars used to be my favorite dessert and I haven’t had them in forever!

    February 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm
    • Reply

      Oh, yes, you should!! If they turn out, maybe you could share the GF version…

      February 18, 2016 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Iyanna

    This looks so good! Great way to take a break from chocolate lol! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    February 18, 2016 at 7:58 am
    • Reply

      It really is! Enjoy! ?

      February 18, 2016 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Jennifer Corter

    Oh my goodness, you must have read my mind! I LOVE lemon squares. I totally tweeted this and pinned it. Gonna make these at some point.

    February 21, 2016 at 9:39 am
    • Reply

      Haha-good!!! These are by far the best ones I’ve had! I hope you enjoy!

      February 21, 2016 at 10:00 am
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