lemon squares

AH!! These are soooo good. I’m a huge almond fan so if you’re allergic to nuts or you hate almonds, this isn’t the recipe for you. The day before Thanksgiving I went over to my friend Elaine’s house and she was making cheesecake and lemon squares. I had to go home so I didn’t get to taste test. I ended up craving them and made my own today. It’s soooo good!! It’s just the right amount of sweetness, tartness, and crunch from the crust. These are delicious.
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Lemon Squares (adapted from Anna Thornton)
crust:
2 sticks of butter at room temperature
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

filling:
6 eggs
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons lemon zest
3/4 cup lemon juice

confectioners sugar for garnishing
raspberries for garnishing (optional)

– preheat oven to 350 degrees
– using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter, almond extract, and sugar for the crust
– once it’s light and fluffy, add in salt and flour until it comes together as a dough
– pour the dough onto a greased 13×9 in pan and use your hands to push the dough flat
– bake at 350 for about 20 minutes
– let cool completely (should take 30-40 minutes) before adding the filling on top
– while the crust is baking, make the filling
– in a medium bowl, add flour, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and eggs and whisk until thoroughly mixed
– when the crust has cooled, pour filling mixture on top and bake again for about 30 minutes
– garnish with confectioners sugar and/or raspberries if desired

THESE ARE AMAZING! I’ve eaten four pieces already and I still want more. I wouldn’t substitute the almond extract for vanilla if you’re allergic but than again I’ve never tried it. I say that mainly because to me almond extract is a lot stronger in flavor than vanilla. If you put 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, you probably won’t taste it. If you put 1/2 almond, it’s already enough because the taste is very distinctive. Don’t let me stop you! I love almonds so I use almond extract. Have fun baking šŸ™‚ These make great Christmas gifts!

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

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