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Easy Lemon Shortbread Squares

These Easy Lemon Shortbread Squares are the perfect recipe for Spring! They are light, tart and make a delicious treat for dessert. 

Spring is in the air and I could not be more thrilled! I am looking forward to doing more outdoor running and getting off my bike trainer to cycle outside too. I am also excited to do a little spring time cooking and baking! At this time of year, I love making light and fresh recipes. Lemon is a key ingredient! One of my favorite ways to use the beautiful citrus fruit is in this Easy Lemon Shortbread Squares recipe.

Easy Lemon Shortbread Squares

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What do I need to make the Lemon Shortbread Squares?

This recipe comes together quickly and your will need just a few simple ingredients.

Kitchen Items needed for this recipe: 

Ingredients for lemon dessert on a white marble background with a white towel with blue stripes.

How do I make the Lemon Shortbread Squares?

These are super easy to make, but full of tart, lemony flavor! First, combine the flour, salt, butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Use a fork or pastry blender to mix it together until it resembles coarse crumbles. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper. Press this mixture into the pan and bake the crust for 20 minutes or until it is lightly browned. Then, set aside.

Shortbread in a baking pan.

Next, prepare the topping. Whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Then, add in the eggs, lemon juice and lemon peel and whisk ingredients together until well mixed.

Spread the topping over the shortbread and bake for 25 minutes or until set. Cool in the pan, then chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Then, carefully remove from pan by lifting the edges of the parchment paper. Cut into nine squares and dust with powdered sugar.


That is it, delicious lemon shortbread squares! I enjoy eating them all by themselves. However, they are delicious served up with a little fruit on time too! So, try topping them with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or some sliced, fresh strawberries. 

How do I store the Lemon Shortbread Squares?

They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. 

Plate of Lemon Shortbread Squares


Easy Lemon Shortbread Squares

5 from 4 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Bars, Lemon Shortbread Squares
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 hour
Servings: 9
Calories: 282kcal






  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheit.
  • In a medium mixing bowl use a pastry blender or a fork to combine the flour, salt, butter and sugar until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and press the crust ingredients into the pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees Farenheit or until crust is lightly browned and set aside.


  • Mix together the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add in the eggs, lemon peel and lemon juice. Beat well.
  • Spread the topping over the hot shortbread crust.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until nearly set.
  • Cool in the pan, then refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Remove the lemon shortbread from the pan by lifting edges of parchment paper and carefully taking out.
  • Cut into squares.
  • Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 394IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Stack of Lemon Shortbread Squares

So Tell Me…

What is your favorite “springy” recipe? Do you enjoy baking and cooking with lemon? Have you ever made Lemon Shortbread Squares?

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Thank you so much for stopping by! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great week!



Recipe Rating


Saturday 9th of May 2020

What temperature do you bake them at? I’m making these right now but I don’t see it anywhere in the recipe or the post haha...I’ll have to hope 325 F is good enough!

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Asha-325 is correct!! Yikes... can’t believe I left that out😳 Hope you enjoy them!!!😊


Sunday 22nd of March 2020

I love anything lemon. I’m doing A LOT of baking lately. This recipes looks like one I need to try!


Sunday 22nd of March 2020

These look great! I'd have to make some adjustments to the recipe though due to our dietary needs right now. Will have to experiment!


Saturday 21st of March 2020

I want to make something for spring for work, and now I have a recipe! This looks really yummy!


Saturday 21st of March 2020

I make a very similar recipe, and they are amazingly delicious! Lemon desserts are perfect for spring!