Lemon Squares

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Photo by Annie Schlecter
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 660 calories
    • Fat 31 g
    • Sat Fat 18 g
    • Cholesterol 195 mg
    • Sodium 253 mg
    • Protein 9 g
    • Carbohydrate 90 g
    • Sugar 58 g
    • Fiber 1 g
    • Iron 2.5 mg
    • Calcium 36 mg

Heat oven to 350° F.In a food processor, combine 13/4 cups of the flour, the confectioners’ sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Pulse to blend. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly.Knead the dough in the bowl until it comes together. Press the dough evenly into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, pushing the dough up about 1/2 inch around the sides. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, lemon zest, and the remaining flour and salt. Add the lemon juice and whisk until smooth.Pour the mixture over the hot crust.Reduce oven temperature to 300° F. Bake until the filling is set, about 15 minutes.Transfer dish to a wire rack and let cool.Dust with additional confectioners’ sugar.Cut into 24 2-inch squares.

Ingredients

  1. Check 1 3/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  2. Check 3/4 cup cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  3. Check 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. Check 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  5. Check 4 large eggs
  6. Check 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  7. Check 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  8. Check 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a food processor, combine 13/4 cups of the flour, the confectioners’ sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Pulse to blend. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly.
  3. Knead the dough in the bowl until it comes together. Press the dough evenly into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, pushing the dough up about 1/2 inch around the sides. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, lemon zest, and the remaining flour and salt. Add the lemon juice and whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour the mixture over the hot crust.
  6. Reduce oven temperature to 300° F. Bake until the filling is set, about 15 minutes.
  7. Transfer dish to a wire rack and let cool.
  8. Dust with additional confectioners’ sugar.
  9. Cut into 24 2-inch squares.