Best Buttermilk Lemon Squares | Made 100% from scratch, these lemon squares feature a buttery shortbread crust, thick, creamy, lemon filling, and are easy for anyone to make! | http://thechunkychef.com
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Best Buttermilk Lemon Squares

Bright, tangy, and creamy... these lemon squares are foolproof. A buttery crust is topped with a creamy lemon custard, for a light and easy dessert!
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Dessert, Desserts
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 248kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

Lemon Filling:

  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh is absolutely best
  • 6 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

For serving:

  • powdered sugar
  • lemon slices

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line an 8x8" baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, set aside.
  • Combine crust ingredients (melted butter, flour, powdered sugar and cornstarch) in a mixing bowl, then press into bottom of prepared pan.  Keep crust in an even layer, as much as possible.  Bake 10 minutes, then set aside.
  • While crust is baking, combine filling ingredients (eggs, sugar, zest, juice, flour, buttermilk, and baking powder), and whisk to combine.  Try not to whisk too vigorously, as you don't want to incorporate a lot of air into the filling.
  • Pour over baked crust and bake (still at 350 degrees F), for 22-25 minutes, until filling has set and edges are lightly golden brown.  
  • Cool completely, cover with foil, then refrigerate.
  • To slice bars, I find it easiest to lift up on the foiling lining in the pan, to remove the bars from the pan.  Slice into 12 bars.  Before serving, dust bars with powdered sugar and garnish with a lemon slice if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 248kcal