Karen May’s Lemon Squares

adapted from Park Avenue Potluck (Rizzoli 2007)


2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 c. plus 4 T. all-purpose flour
½ c. confectioners’ sugar, more for dusting
2 c. sugar
1 t. baking powder
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 T. lemon juice* (about 3 lemons)
3 t. grated lemon zest (about 2 lemons)

*Use Meyer lemons when available


1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter a 9×13 baking dish and set aside.
2. In a mixture blend butter, 2 c. flour and confectioners’ sugar. Once ingredients are combined, press dough into the bottom of the baking dish. Make sure it is flat across and tightly packed. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Keep oven turned on!
3. In a bowl, mix together 4 T. flour, granulated sugar and baking powder. Add eggs, stir to combine. Add lemon juice and zest, mix again. Pour mixture onto cooled crust. Bake for 30 minutes, or until set.
4. Once squares have cooled, dust with confectioners’ sugar, cut and serve.

Naptime Notes

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It is hard to go wrong with the recipe, it is so easy to make. I have also used the shortbread base for other baked goods, it is the perfect crust for almost any baked good.

Naptime Stopwatch

It takes less than 20 minutes to make the lemon square batter, making it perfect for Naptime Chef-ing. They will be completely baked by the time your child wakes up!

Naptime Reviews

Everyone loves these lemon squares, especially in the summer. I have never had a batch last me more than a one day at home.

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