Lemon Squares

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If you like lemons, try this recipe!
Even if you don't like lemons try this recipe!
It's really good!

Basically, this is a kind of simple recipe, depending on your expertise.
It takes about one hour to make(maybe more), but it's worth it.

Also, I just wanted to say: I based this recipe off Diana Rattray's, but I modified it, and added some hints and tips. I just said that so no one would try to sue my pants off.

sorry if some of the pictures are a bit blurry.- I was having camera problems............

Finally, I wanted to tell everyone that this is my first Instructable!! YYYYYAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Step 1: Gather Ingredients and turn the heat up!

Picture of Gather Ingredients and turn the heat up!
Ingredients: 8 oz. butter ( 2 sticks)( you might want to melt the butter to make it easier to stir.)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons flour ( "wait a minute, you already said flour!"- Yes, I did already say flour, and no it's not a typo that there's flour 2 times. the first 2 cups are for the crust, the 4 tablespoons are for the filling- it makes more sense as you read on)
1/4 cup lemon juice ( it helps the juice come out if you roll the lemon around-hard- on a counter top, also you might want to use a strainer over the container you're squeezing the juice into because you don't want any pulp)
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel (this is for flavor as well as to help keep everything else together)
sifted confectioners sugar ( again, the first 1/2 cup is for the crust, the sifted sugar is to garnish on top)

While you are gathering your materials you might want to preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, so you don't have to wait for it.
dtepper1 year ago
I'm wondering why the instructions suggested an ungreased pan. These stuck to my pan and crumbled apart when I tried to cut and remove squares from the pan making a mess of them. Next time I would use parchment paper or grease the pan.
darman121 year ago
When life gives you lemons, ignore life. Don't give it attention, that's all it wants (learned this from years of fighting with my friendly little siblings).
When life gives you lemons throw them back and say make your own damn lemonade
"When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your dang lemons, what am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!"
―Cave Johnson
Yes! Portal 2 baby :)
zack2474 years ago
would this work with oranges? or does the acidity in the lemon affect the way it cooks?
kiwi20 (author)  zack2474 years ago
I have no idea, but try it and see what happens!
zack247 kiwi204 years ago
well, i got some lemons, and i just made it. i halved the recipe, but these lemon squares sure do look good! i even added a little bit of food coloring to it to make it more yellow. heres a pic:
kiwi20 (author)  zack2474 years ago
zack247 kiwi204 years ago
they tasted awesome too. i am definitely making these again  :)
smartroad6 years ago
How big is a "cup" I am in the UK and don't use that, I use grams or oz. Eek that sounds sarcastic, I don't mean it that way!!! but need to know how much it is. Also how many ml's is a cup for the lemon juice? Cheers!!!
IzzyP smartroad6 years ago
Just google 1 cup to milliliters, It's pretty cool because you can change the number of cups and it does all the calculations for you. Also, to convert the cup to grams our ounces would be going from volume to mass. To do this you would need the density of the specific ingredient. So you are best just finding out the volume of a cup (again use google) and measure out that many ml's. Hope it helps
obstructio6 years ago
Very nicely written instructable, just made them they taste err... tasted (all gone now). Thanks for the recipe.
Noodle937 years ago
Screw Lemonade, if life throws lemons at you, make lemon squares. Mmm..
Gjdj3 Noodle936 years ago
NO! If life gives you lemons, beat the crap out of it and demand some Florida Oranges also.
From Happy Bunny: When Life gives you lemons, squirt them in the eyes of your enemies! From Powerthirst: When God gives you lemons, YOU FIND A NEW GOD! Also, I tried Lemon Marshmallows from Whole Foods. Do they have the same tastes as these squares? By the way, Instructables' spell check is thought squirt wasnt in
From me: When life gives you lemons, squirt them in life's eyes and demand chocolate. From me: When life gives you lemons.... WAIT A MINUTE? WHO IS LIFE? AND WHY IS HE GIVING FREE LEMONS??? From me: When a life gives you lemons... wait... whats a life and where can I download ( or buy ) one??
Gjdj3 Chikara6 years ago
LOL. Nice quotes.
Also, it said to replace Marshmallow with Marshmallow
I3uckwheat6 years ago
looks good
Who dosent like lemons? Also, I don't get the don't ask thing......
kiwi20 (author)  LemonyPotatoes6 years ago
it's a ninjew
O thanks
YES, THANK YOU! I have been wanting a recipe for some time on lemon squares, they are just oh so good. Great job, I might make this today if I have the chance. (Party, woot!) +1 rating. (added to favorites)
kiwi20 (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
thanks for the complements! It's weird.........but I see a comment from you for almost every's kind of creepy........................
How does it taste without the sugar? Bad? I don't think I have that kind of sugar... I just have normal sugar. :P
kiwi20 (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
Do you mean without the confectioner's sugar on top? Well it's basically the same I guess, just without the confectioner's sugar. Also, confectioner's sugar is also known as powdered sugar, so maybe you do have it.
Hahaha. I just tend to comment a lot of Instructables. This looks really good. I might do it tonight, as I already said. :P
Add to step 4: cover pa with aluminum foil so that the top doesn't get browned or chewy. I like mine mushy on top. Thanks for the post. Haven't made these in a long time and probably will soon now that they're in my head.
CameronSS7 years ago
Feel free to come to my house for dinner any time...but you're cooking. Yum! +1 for clear instructions, through pictures, and LEMON SQUARES. Heck, with lemon squares, you could put up just the picture and get a +1 from me.