Easy Lemon Squares



1/4  granulated sugar

3 Tablespoons stick butter, softened

1 cup all purpose flour


3 large eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. To prepare crust, beat 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the butter at medium speed of a mixer until creamy.

Lightly spoon 1 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Gradually, add 1 cup flour to sugar mixture, beating at low speed until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gently press mixture into bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

3. To prepare topping, beat eggs at medium speed until foamy. Add 3/4 cup granulated sugar and next 5 ingredients (3/4 cup granulated sugar through salt) and beat until well-blended. Pour mixture over partially baked crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until set. Cool on wire rack. Sift powdered sugar evenly over top. 

Yield: 16 servings