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Grandma's Recipes One By One!

Lemon Squares

on July 14, 2015

We’ve had some really hot days here in Minnesota this week – hot and humid!! These are the days when I really miss living on the lake. We had no air conditioning in our house on the lake – we didn’t need it. We’d just be in the water all day – EVERY DAY!!!  This photo of me (when I was about 3 years old) and my mom was taken before we moved to the lake. It must have been when we rented a lake cabin one summer. Like my mom says, “we were always at the lake anyway, so we decided to just buy a house on the lake!” Makes perfect sense to me!!!


This is so funny! It looks like we were either trying to stay ON the air mattress or that we were falling OFF of it!

The recipe for today is another one from one of Grandma’s sisters. This looks like another old one, because this recipe card looks like it’s been around for a while. Lemon Squares is one of my newest favorites. These bars are so good. There’s just something about lemon recipes in the summertime. Lemon is so fresh and tangy and, well – lemony!!!

Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares 2

I love that this one is totally made from scratch!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Lemon Squares

Make the filling first so it has time to cool slightly before you put it on the crust.

Mix together:

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

Juice and zest of 2 lemons

2 Tablespoons water

Cook until it thickens.

Cool slightly (while making crust).

For crust:

Mix as for pie crust:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cups flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

20 saltine crackers, crushed

1/2 cup shredded coconut

Keep out 3/4 cup of crumbs for topping.

Press the rest of the crumbs into 9″ x 13″ pan.

Spread filling over top of crust and sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup of crumbs over top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


I tried mixing the crust with my pastry blender but opted for using my hands instead.


The crust stays firmly pressed into pan and there isn’t a lot of filling, but it does cover the whole crust.


It comes out of the oven smelling like a definite “Grandma recipe”!


They aren’t very thick bars, but the flavor is VERY fresh and lemony.


This is another of my new favorite recipes! These are great: sweet and lemony and very easy to make. Perfect for summer!





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