Enjoy these sweet and lightly tart BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe; a lemony favorite dessert easy to freeze for last-minute company!

BEST Lemon Squares Recipe

Brighten up your day with these Lemon Sunshine Bars.

Get the real taste of sunshine with these lemony Sunshine Lemon Bars, perfect for any occasion. For Game Day, we love to serve a lemon dessert and a chocolate dessert. Or, you could try these No Bake Meyer Lemon Strawberry Bars!

BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe

These bars are bright and zingy, on a quick and easy shortbread crust. So good!

Honestly, I could eat lemon bars anytime of the year.  Add a little dusting of sweet powdered sugar (a kiss of sweetness) on top.  

BEST Lemon Squares Recipe

Ingredients for Sunshine Lemon Bars

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

How to make lemon bars

  1. In a medium bowl, mix flour, butter, and powdered sugar. Press into an ungreased square pan, building the edges up 1/2-inch.
  2. Bake the crust.
  3. In the same bowl, beat the granulated sugar with a hand mixer, with lemon peel, lemon juice, baking powder, salt and eggs, until light and fluffy. Pour the mixture over the hot crust.
  4. Bake! 
  5. Cool; dust with powdered sugar. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares.

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. You, too?

BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe

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–oh so good. 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).

I remember my mom making these bars. They are delectable.  

So go ahead and make some today and you’ll bring a little sunshine into your day.  

BEST Lemon Squares Recipe

More lemon treats:

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Cranberry Lemon Pull Apart Bread

Lemon Blackberry Bread Pudding with Mascarpone Vanilla Frosting

Creamy Lemon Curd Recipe

Pound Cake Lemon Trifle Recipe

Lemon Cheesecake Cake

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BEST Lemon Sunshine Squares Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon peel, or zest
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, I buy Meyer Lemons
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

reposted from Feb. 2017
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