BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe

Enjoy this refreshing, sweet and lightly tart BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe at your next potluck, or easy to freeze for last-minute company!

BEST Lemon Squares Recipe

Friends, we’re in the dead of winter. DEAD of ice, cold, snowy winter. But we’re cozy in our home, and we know how to bundle up to stay warm. Having recently gone to my hometown for my Dad’s 80th birthday, it was so much warmer there, and with no snow on the ground, it felt like springtime!

For now, we’re thinking about our soon-to-be-bathroom-remodeling, we’re Netflix watching (on Season 2 of Alone), involved in our church’s communion group, eating healthy meals, wearing comfy clothes, snowshoeing, getting ready to start cross-country ski lessons, and enjoying some good-book-reading. Oh, and did I mention a trip to Belize this week? I can’t wait to share more with you!

BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe

The ice is slowly melting on our deck. We’re ready, old man winter … bring on the sun!

Sunshine, happy springtime sunshine, is what we long for.

BEST Lemon Squares Recipe

BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe

Which makes me think of this delish BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe, one of our favorite desserts.

Here’s a little trick with lemon bars. Did you know you can freeze them? I love to double a recipe and freeze one, making it ready to pull out and defrost for company.

Lemon bars in winter, with a cup of coffee. For when you want to throw open the doors and let the sunshine in, if only for a few minutes (even though the sun shines 300 days a year in Bend, Oregon, it’s very chilly in the springtime).

What aspect of spring do you long for this time of year?

BEST Lemon Squares Recipe

BEST Lemon Squares Recipe
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BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 16 -20 squares


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon peel or zest
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice I buy Meyer Lemons
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Powdered sugar


  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a medium bowl, mix flour, butter and powdered sugar. Press into an ungreased square pan, 8x8x2 or 9x9x2 inches, building the edges up 1/2-inch.
  • Bake the crust for 20 minutes.
  • In the same bowl, beat the granulated sugar with a hand mixer, with lemon peel, lemon juice, baking powder, salt and eggs, for about 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Pour the mixture over the hot crust.
  • Bake 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Cool; dust with powdered sugar. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares.

More lemon treats:

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Lemon Cherry Chocolate Cups

Raspberry Lemon Cream Galettes

BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe

2 comments on “BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe”

  1. There’s nothing like a good ol’ lemon bar. YUM! I can’t wait for the flowers to peek through the ground…the birds!

  2. These look fantastic. I love all things lemon!
    We are in MT, and it’s still cold with lots of snow. But, we love wintertime with cozy, comforting meals, and winter is kind of a hibernating time for us. It’s really relaxing, especially after the holidays. I didn’t know about freezing lemon bars. Good to know!

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