Heavenly Creamy Lemon Squares: A Zesty Delight

1. Introduction

Indulge in the delightful world of desserts with our Creamy Lemon Squares – a perfect blend of tangy lemon zest and sweet, creamy filling. These squares offer a refreshing burst of lemon, paired with a crumbly graham cracker crust that adds just the right amount of sweetness. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the kitchen, this recipe is straightforward and foolproof, making it a fantastic choice for any occasion. Let’s embark on this culinary journey and create a dessert that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate!

2. Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for pan
  • 1-1/2 cup graham-cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the Filling:

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)

3. Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Start by lightly buttering an 8-inch square baking dish. Line the bottom with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides for easy removal.

4. How to Prepare

For the Crust:

  1. In a food processor, finely grind the graham-cracker squares.
  2. Combine ground crackers with sugar and melted butter, blending until mixed.
  3. Press this mixture firmly into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of your prepared pan.
  4. Bake until the crust is lightly browned, for about 8 to 12 minutes. Let it cool for 30 minutes.

For the Filling:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and condensed milk.
  2. Gradually add the lemon juice, continuing to whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour this filling into the cooled crust, spreading it evenly to the edges.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes until the filling is set.

5. Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 27 to 32 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes

6. Servings

This recipe yields 16 delectable squares.

7. FAQs

Q: Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh? A: Fresh lemon juice is recommended for the best flavor, but bottled can be used in a pinch.

Q: How long do these lemon squares keep? A: They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Q: Can I freeze the lemon squares? A: Yes, they freeze well for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Q: Is it necessary to use a food processor for the crust? A: A food processor makes it easy, but you can also crush the crackers in a bag and mix with butter and sugar in a bowl.

Q: Can I make this gluten-free? A: Absolutely! Just use gluten-free graham crackers for the crust.

8. Conclusion

Our Creamy Lemon Squares are a testament to the beauty of simplicity in baking. With their light, zesty flavor and creamy texture, these squares are a refreshing end to any meal or a delightful snack on their own. They’re not just a treat for the taste buds but also a joy to prepare. Whether you’re making them for a special occasion or just as a treat for yourself, these lemon squares are sure to impress. Happy baking and enjoy your homemade slice of citrus heaven!