I make these lemon bars every Christmas! I love the lemon taste, and love the flavour and colour variation it gives to dessert platters. I love chocolate, but there are a lot of chocolate desserts at Christmas, so this is a nice variation!

The picture is the bars sprinkled with icing sugar, but it can also be iced. I don’t care too much for icing, so icing sugar sprinkles is what I like best. 🙂 Below is a picture of the lemon bars with icing.

Recipe from Jean Pare’s book: “150 Delicious Squares.”

Lemon Squares

First layer:
1 ½ cups flour
¼ cups sugar
½ cup butter or margarine

Mix all 3 ingredients until you have a floury dough. Press in an un-greased 9×9” dish.* Bake at 350F for 10 minutes.

Second layer:
2 eggs
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 cup coconut
¼ tsp salt

Beat eggs lightly. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Spread on top of first layer. Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes until the center is cooked and light brown. Cool and ice.

Icing:
1 ½ cups icing sugar
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
4 Tbsp lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together, adding more lemon juice as necessary to be able to spread the icing easily. Spread on top of cooled bars. Let cool. Makes 36 squares.

Variation: instead of icing the bars, you can simply sprinkle icing sugar on top of cooled bars.

* Tip: Line your dish with foil paper (overlapping the sides) before putting your layers in. Then, once cooled, it is easy to lift the entire square of bars out and cuts much easier than trying to cut and lift each little square out of the dish.

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