Sunday, February 2, 2014

Glazed Lemon Squares

For this month's Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to Cook Lisa Cook.  If you've never seen her blog before, you simply must check it out.  She makes the most delicious things and her adorable daughter gets to eat them.  I must admit, I'm envious.  At first, I couldn't decide whether I should make the Oatmeal Cashew and Chocolate Granola Bars (which look way better than store-bought ones), Cinnamon Bun Cookie Bars, White Chocolate Marshmallow Cranberry Cashew Bark, (perfect for Valentine's Day), or her Glazed Lemon Squares.  In the end, I decided on the Lemon Squares, in part because I can't resist anything lemony, and also because these are different from any other lemon squares I've ever made.  Usually, you would top them with powdered sugar.  But, in this case, they're covered with a lemony glaze, giving you a double lemon kick in these bars. 

I loved how these bars came out of the oven with a crackly, crispy, shatter-y crust on top.  Then, hiding underneath is all that soft, lemony, melt in your mouth filling.  But, the glaze, oh the glaze is what makes these bars a star.  You cannot leave it off, the bars would just not be the same without them.  Like I said, it adds another layer of lemon flavor that you just wouldn't get with plain, old powdered sugar.  Plus, the tartness helps to even out the sweetness so that it becomes perfectly balanced.

I made this batch to share with another lemon bar lover and I think she's going to be over the moon to get them.  From one Lisa to another, thanks for the yummy recipe!

Glazed Lemon Squares (from Cook Lisa Cook)

1 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. butter

2 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 large eggs
1 c. sugar
2 1/4 tsp. lemon zest
2 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F.  Combine the flour and sugar and cut in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal.  Press the dough evenly into a parchment paper-lined 8x8 pan.  Bake for 15 min. 

For the filling: 
Whisk the eggs with the sugar until well combined.  Add in the lemon zest and juice and mix well.  Stir in the flour and baking powder till well combined.  Once you take the crust out of the oven, pour on the lemon mixture.  Bake 25 min. or until the filling has set up and starts to turn brown.

For the glaze:
Mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice till well combined and smooth.  Spread the glaze evenly over the bars once they have cooled completely.  Chill for at least two hours before slicing.


  1. I'm in a lemony mood so this is perfect.

  2. Loved the idea of the lemony crisp glaze on these! They look great!

  3. That glaze sounds fantastic. Looks like you picked a real winner this time Lisa!

  4. Ohh..I'm a big fan of anything with lemon and these look delicious with that yummy glaze on top.

  5. I loooove lemony desserts and those squares look just perfect. Can you send over a couple?

  6. I am addicted to lemon bars too and can't wait to try this version. I love the idea of giving them a crackly glaze - brilliant!

  7. I couldn't believe to see your comment before I was able to get my post added into the linky ... thank you! Those peanut butter chocolate bars are amazing.

    I had to come check out your lemon squares ... we are BIG fans of lemon ourselves. These sound so delicious ... we'll have to try them. I can't believe I have not done a lemon SRC recipe yet, probably because our son can't have much lemon ... maybe next month and I can just make something else for my son to enjoy! ;)

    I had to add my post to the linky on your blog because my browser was running so slow last night for some reason and I couldn't get it to even show up in my post! Have a great week.

  8. Love anything lemon and these bars are no exception. I want some now. Great pick!

  9. Amazing! I love everything lemon. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

  10. Lisa, you made one of my very favorite cookies, I have always adored lemon bars and yours look delicious!! Glad that you enjoyed.

  11. i love lemon! what a great choice for SRC!

  12. This will be a new favorite at my house. It looks so delicious.

  13. Lemon Bars are so wonderful. Great choice! Visiting from group D

  14. Oh I love anything with lemon! I usually make lemon bars without the glaze but after your post I must give the recipe with the glaze a try!

  15. The way you describe the "shatter-y crust on top" and the "melt in your mouth filling" makes me think of creme brulee. I simply cannot resist creme brulee, so I imagine I will be baking these lemon squares soon.

  16. I love lemon bars, and this with the glaze sounds and looks even better...yum!
    Thanks for the recipe Lisa and hope you are having a great week :D

  17. Oh, I love lemon. These look amazing!

  18. Wow,good work!
    It would be nice with these Milkshakes!

  19. I love lemon desserts so much! And this look just amazing, I am now a follower!