Lemon Pastry Squares (a.k.a Lemon Brownies) - a new take on Lemon Bars! Recipe

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This recipe has been circulating around the Internet as “Lemon Brownies”, but I think it deserves a more descriptive name. These treats are a delicacy and are more “dainty” than brownies. They have no chocolate, are not brown, and NOT as sweet nor have the moist gooey texture of lemon bars. They do have aspects of many sweet treats, including pastries, petit fours, and pound cake. I think you will love the texture and the burst of citrus in these pretty little bars. Everywhere they go they receive accolades galore!

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Servings: 16


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8- inch baking pan. Zest, then juice, 2 large lemons (or whatever size and quantity yields sufficient amounts for batter and glaze; set aside.)
  2. BATTER:
  3. Beat the flour, granulated sugar, salt, and softened butter together with electric mixer until combined.
  4. In separate bowl whisk together eggs, lemon zest and juice until well mixed. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until it just begins to turn golden brown around edges and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (Note: Top of pastry will still be pale yellow and not have browned.) Remove from oven and cool in pan on wire rack until completely cool.
  6. GLAZE:
  7. Whisk the 3 glaze ingredients together until smooth. Spread over cooled pastry and allow glaze to set and become entirely firm before attempting to cut and serve.
  8. YIELD: 16 2x2-inch squares


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 35g
Recipe makes 16 servings
Calories 133  
Calories from Fat 57 43%
Total Fat 6.43g 8%
Saturated Fat 3.85g 15%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Potassium 21mg 1%
Total Carbs 17.98g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 13.2g 9%
Protein 1.46g 2%
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  • Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    Very pretty! Thanks for sharing!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • pam kneebone
      I want to make this recipe!!!!!
      • Lily Duren
        I didn't have any baking spray so I used butter in the pan and it turned out fine will definitely make this again
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
        This is a variation
        • Dano
          I made this dessert for my brothers b-day. It was a great hit with the guests that tried it. My bro especially so. I will use this recipe again. Thanks!
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
          • Julia
            Big hit! So much more lemon flavor that the gooey lemon bars. Make a double recipe or you'll be sorry.
            I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


            • María Cruz
              June 7, 2018
              This are the best!!!
              • Joanne Strohm
                February 18, 2014
                O my gosh, I love all of your recipes I have read. Can't wait to try some!!!
                • Judy
                  July 21, 2013
                  This my go to dessert for the Seniors I cook for they love this with fresh raspberries!
                  • ShaleeDP
                    May 10, 2013
                    My kid likes pastries so I try to learn different types of it. This looks good.
                    • Sandra
                      May 4, 2013
                      My hubby loves lemon desserts and I know he/we would love these.
                      • judee
                        May 3, 2013
                        I always wanted to know how to make these lemon bars. Thanks for sharing.

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