Summer Lemon Squares

Whenever Spring and Summer arrives, I feel the need to bake a dessert that includes the fresh taste of Lemons. Easy to prepare and the ability to make the day before, this Lemon Squares recipe is great for outdoor entertaining or just a nice dessert for the family. Enjoy!

A half eaten piece of cake on a plate, with squares 

A half eaten piece of cake on a plate, with squares

Summer Lemon Squares

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

An easy lemon dessert that is easy to prepare and great for outdoor entertaining or just a nice dessert for the family.


  • 1 cup Graham Squares
  • 1/4 cup Margarine or Butter
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1 pkg Light Cream Creese
  • 1/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 4 tbsp grated Lemon Peel
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice {squeezed from the lemons you just grated}
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Icing Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line 8" square pan with foil, allowing foil to extend beyond rim {just easier to remove that way}
  3. Combine crumbs, 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar in a bpwl
  4. Cut in margarine or butter with two knives until it resembles crumbs
  5. Press mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan, and bake for 15 minutes {do not burn!}
  6. Beat cream cheese and sugar on medium speed
  7. Add eggs and 2 tbsp flour and mix well
  8. Blend in the lemon peel, lemon juice and baking powder.
  9. Pour mixture over the crust
  10. Bake 25 minutes
  11. Let cool completely then put into the fridge for at least 2 hours or even overnight.
  12. To serve, cut into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar or some more lemon peel for garnish
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 98mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 4g

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  1. Ooooooooooooh thank you for this recipe! It is a hot day here in SK and I was looking for a nice cool dessert to make. This is perfect as I was craving something lemony for a while!

  2. These my dear friend… should be illegal! WOW – these sound amazing. I will no doubt be keeping this recipe in my back pocket for a rainy day of “BAKING STUFF I SHOULDN’T EAT”…. love those days!

    HEY! I’d love to have you over to my place – I Bake, and Cook and sometimes I even film it. But more so I have fun. Would love for you to pop by and see where I call home.

    Your fan and follower…


    1. Hi Tairalyn,
      Don’t even consider counting the calories, what we don’t know can’t hurt us. kinda. lol
      I’ll hop over and check out your site, always happy to add a great blog to my must-read list!

  3. Anything with Cream Cheese and lemons is awesome. I love this combination and this perfect summer recipe. Give us more!

  4. My hubby would love these!! He likes lemony treats and baked goods. They sound pretty simple to make too. 🙂

  5. These look delicious! I love the crust recipe too…coincidently, I was recently watching Anna Olsen’s new cooking show and she put flour in with the graham crumbs, she said it helped keep them from crumbling apart. I never before had heard about this. However, I didn’t catch the ratio of flour to crumbs so this is great. Thanks again Tammi.

  6. Thanks!! I thought I lost this recipe forever and here it is. They are so easy to make and a hit.


  8. I have a recipe for Lemon Squares that I’ve been making for years. It is with a shortbread crust and I have to say that I like the idea of Graham Cracker crust much better. I am going to make your recipe soon because it sounds so yummy!

  9. Looks like a nice summer dessert, may try it for a potluck we are attending this weekend

  10. I am a sucker for anything lemon. And this is one is no exception. Very, very good. Thank you :))

  11. I am a sucker for anything lemon. And this is one is no exception. Very, very good. Thank you :))

  12. I love anything lemon and your recipe looks and sounds delicious. I really like a graham cracker crust on anything so I know I’m going to love these squares. Thanks for sharing this recipe and I’ll let you know how they turn out when I make them.

  13. This is great – almost everyone loves lemon treats and it is a great dessert after a summer BBQ for friends and family. Thanks! I Pinned.

  14. I love anything lemon and these squares sound and look so good. I will be making…

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