Creamy Lemon Squares Recipe

The creamy lemon squares of your dreams take just 15 minutes of prep: Stir together a mere three ingredients to create a sunny, puckery filling for the buttery shortbread crust in this dessert.

PREP TIME: 30 minutes

COOK TIME: 45 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes



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


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

How to make it :

  1. Preheat oven to 350F / 180C degrees.
  2. Brush a square baking dish with melted butter.
  3. Crush graham crackers
  4. Then add in sugar and butter and blend to mix.
  5. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
  6. Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes.
  7. Cool crust, 30 minutes.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and condensed milk.
  2. Add lemon juice; whisk until smooth.
  3. Pour filling into cooled crust; carefully spread to edges.
  4. Bake until set, about 15 minutes.
  5. Cool in pan on rack.
  6. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
  7. Serve with whipped cream.

Kitchen Tips

Tip 1

Substitute 1 Tbsp. each lemon, lime and orange zest for the 3 Tbsp. lemon zest.

Tip 2

For a softer crust, reduce the crust baking time from 15 min. to 5 min.

Tip 3

You should get about 1 Tbsp. zest and 2 Tbsp. juice from each lemon.

Tip 4
Nutrition Bonus

You’d never guess that this great-tasting version of a classic dessert is made with better-for-you products and can fit into your healthful eating plan.

Nutritional Info:


% Daily Value*

Total Fat 7g9%

Saturated Fat 2.5g13%

Trans Fat 1g

Cholesterol 30mg10%

Sodium 130mg6%

Total Carbohydrates 25g9%

Dietary Fiber 0g0%

Sugars 18g36%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A6%

Vitamin C2%



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