Family Recipes: Sharren’s Lemon Squares
By Ryan Klink, Arden’s Director of Marketing and PR
The running joke in my family is that we all only know how to make one thing, and that’s it. And you can rely on us each making our signature dish for every occasion: holidays, birthdays, funerals, barbecues…doesn’t matter. It’s oh, “Ryan made deviled eggs again,” or “Cynthia [my sister] is making lasagna.” For my oldest sister Sharren, it’s Lemon Squares. I chose to share this recipe because they’re well, they’re just delicious! So enjoy…
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- Dash of salt
- 5 tablespoons lemon juice
(juice of 2 lemons)*
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Powered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
(Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.)
Combine flour, butter and ½ cup powdered sugar. Mix thoroughly and press into ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Bake 20 minutes. Meanwhile, mix egg, sugar, salt and lemon juice. For in ¼ cup flour and baking powder. Pour onto hot curst; bake 25 minutes longer. Cool; cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
*I use bottled lemon juice.
I love lemon bars made from scratch (so much better than store bought or made from a box). I think they are even better if you do use the juice from freshly squeezed lemons, and real butter — it’s close to way my mom used to make them. This is a nice recipe that takes me back to those days.