Creamy Lemon Squares

The lemon bars of your dreams take just 15 minutes of prep: Stir together a mere three ingredients to create a sunny, puckery filling for a buttery shortbread crust.

Photo by kimber m.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan

  • 1/2

    cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 1

    cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

  • 4

    large egg yolks

  • 1

    can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

  • 3/4

    cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter paper. 2.Make crust: Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. Add flour, and mix on low just until combined. Press dough into the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of prepared pan; prick all over with a fork. Bake until lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes. 3.Make filling: In a large bowl, whisk together yolks, condensed milk, and lemon juice until smooth. Pour over hot crust in pan; return to oven, and bake until filling is set, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. 4.Refrigerate until filling is firm, about 2 hours or up to 3 days. Using paper overhang, lift cake onto a work surface; cut into 16 squares, and dust with confectioners sugar.

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