Glazed lemon squares

A new twist on a favourite flavoured dessert!

Unlike the lemon squares you might be more familiar with which typically have a shortbread base and a lemon curd filling, these delightful squares have more of a brownie or blondie-esque texture. They are super simple to prepare – just put everything in one bowl and stir – and they freeze beautifully.



  • 1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) melted butter or vegetable oil
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • 1 cup (290 g) powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to hang over the sides of the pan so you can easily lift out the cooked squares. Set aside.
  • Put all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir with a silicone scraper or wooden spoon just until all dry ingredients are incorporated. Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. While squares are cooling, prepare glaze by stirring together sugar, lemon zest and just enough juice to make a spreadable glaze.
  • Lift out of pan and spread glaze over while still warm. Let sit at least 5 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.

Makes 9 – 12 servings (depending upon how large you cut the squares).

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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