Best Creamy Lemon Squares

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Whether you want to impress guests with a beautiful dessert platter or just want to indulge in something special, the creamy lemon squares recipe is perfect for you. This is an easy-to-follow recipe that will have you making tasty treats in no time.

Best Creamy Lemon Squares

Lemon squares are a classic favorite. These creamy lemon bars have a long history in the culinary world, dating back to the early 20th century when they were a popular dessert in Kentucky. This recipe is our own take on the classic version.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


For the crust

  • 4 tablespoons 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for pan
  • 1-1/2 cup about 24 squares graham-cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the filling

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 can 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice i used 3 lemons


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush an 8-inch square baking dish with melted butter. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides.
  • In a food processor, finely grind the graham cracker squares. Then add in sugar and butter and blend to mix. Press mixture into bottom and 1 inch up sides of prepared pan. Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes. Cool crust, 30 minutes.
  • To make the filling: In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and condensed milk. Add lemon juice; whisk until smooth. Pour filling into cooled crust; carefully spread to edges.
  • Bake until set, about 15 minutes. Cool in pan on rack; then chill at least 1 hour before serving. Using parchment paper overhang, lift out of the pan, and transfer to a cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut into 16 squares, wiping the knife with a damp kitchen towel between each cut.


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