Recipe: Lucy's Lemon Squares

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Source: Peanuts Cookbook

I looked forward to summer for these. I never quite believed my mom that these were easy to make- simply because they tasted so darn good!

My family has always loved lemon (my Grandmother has a “famous” lemon meringue recipe that we’ve all tried, and failed, to duplicate).  So it was extremely lucky that my husband loves lemons are well.  I was trying to decide what to bake one day, and his request was “something with lemons.”  Knowing how tricky meringue can be to pull off in the middle of a hot summer, I turned to these lemon bars.

The Husband loved them, but my neatnik of a son decided that he didn’t like them (the lemon portion was too sticky, but it was yummy, he said). I’m sure that he’ll come around! Forgive the horrible picture, all I had at the time was my cameraphone.

Lucy’s Lemon Squares

The crust:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Sift flour and sugar into a bowl.  Blend in butter with clean fingertips until well mixed.  Pat evenly into the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch baking pan (no need to grease it, but if you’re worried you can’t get it out, feel free to line with parchment paper!).  Bake for 20 minutes.

The filling:

2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
dash of salt

Mix all ingredients thoroughly, and pour over baked crust. Return to oven for 20-25 minutes at same temperature. Cool on rack, and cut into squares. Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar.

Yield depends on the how small you cut the squares.