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Everyone must have a recipe for lemon squares, right!?  

Betty Crocker was the first to print a recipe for them in 1963.

These are Low Calorie (124) and WW Smart Points (6)! My recipe is similar to ones that are low calorie and WW and I have been using this recipe for years!

   You can find many recipe variations, but this is how I have always made them. These lemon squares appear at many of our family gatherings.  If they are missing, someone always wants them.

They are both sweet and just a little tart and they are delicious!

 Maybe you use the box mix or buy them in a store or bakery.  If you have never made them homemade, you should give these a try! They are easy to make and taste SO much better!  

No high calories, no guilt either!

My preference is to use real lemons for the juice and zest, but sometimes I am running out of time and use lemon juice in the jar and lemon zest in a jar and they come out delicious too!

Anything with lemons is great for a summer party, but honestly, when I make these lemon squares for winter gatherings, everyone really appreciates seeing them on the table and can’t resist having one!


Lemon Squares ~ Low Calorie and WW Points

Everyone loves lemon squares! This recipe is tried and true and comes out perfectly every time! It is so delicious! Summer or winter, these are a favorite addition to any dessert table!
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Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36
Calories: 124


  • 1 13x9x2-inch oblong pan



  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened


  • 4 eggs
  • cups sugar
  • cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest grated
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


  • cup confectioners’ sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Butter or spray a 13x9x2-inch pan. Set it aside.


  • In your mixer bowl or food processor, mix or pulse the flour and confectioner’s sugar together.
  • Add in the butter and beat or pulse until the mixture forms a dough.
  • Press the dough down into the prepared pan to form a crust.
  • Bake at 350ºF. for 15 – 20 minutes or until the edges are just lightly browned.
  • Remove the pan to a wire rack.


  • In a small bowl mix the flour and baking powder together. Set it aside.
  • In a medium bowl beat the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest together.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and blend it well.
  • Pour the filling mixture over the baked bottom crust.
  • Bake at 350ºF. for 15-20 minutes or until the filling is just set.
  • Cool the pan on a wire rack.


  • When the pan has cooled, cut into 2-inch squares and remove them from the pan to a serving dish.
  • Use a sieve to sprinkle the tops of the lemon squares with confectioner's sugar.
  • Store the lemon squares covered at room temperature on top of the counter.
Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg








    1. Angie August 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Yes, for sure Josette! This has been a popular recipe through the years and everyone loves them! 🙂

  1. Patti July 31, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I made these these again for the second time and they are so delicious! I followed the easy recipe, they are such a snap to make. I like that it makes a decent amount in the 9×13 pan. They also freeze well too!

    1. Angie August 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      I agree, Patti! They are so good, right?! A very popular recipe!

    2. Angie September 13, 2017 at 1:33 am

      Glad you enjoyed them, Patti! 🙂

  2. Patti June 7, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Made these yesterday and they were delicious! The directions were very easy to follow and were a big hit. Lemony and the shortbread crust was soooo good!

    1. Angie June 8, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      awesome! glad you made them!

    2. Angie September 13, 2017 at 1:34 am


  3. Margo Sorace June 5, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    These are my favorite. Love that they are ww friendly

    1. Angie August 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      I know! A very popular recipe. I also am glad the calories are not that bad! 🙂


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