This delicious gluten-free lemon squares dessert is also known as gluten-free lemon bars. Whatever you call them, they are perfect for an easy Easter dessert. I also like to make these for a healthy summer treat topped with berries. The shortbread crust and creamy lemon center combine for just the right balance of tart and sweet. And of course, this recipe is also dairy-free.
Tips For Making This Recipe
Gluten-Free Flour: I make my own flour blend since I have multiple food allergies and intolerances. Check out my Simple Gluten-Free Flour Blend HERE. There are many store-bought gluten-free flour blends available. When I first started baking gluten-free I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. I also tried King Arthur Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour. I recommend using either one of these. Remember to check the ingredients for Xanthan Gum. Some already contain it and others do not. If you use my gluten-free flour blend recipe you will need to add Xanthan Gum separately.
Dairy-Free Option: Substitute Earth Balance or Spectrum Organic Shortening for regular butter.
Lemon Zest: In order to get the zest of the lemons for this recipe, I recommend you purchase a good citrus zester/grater. This is a must-have kitchen tool.
Lemon Juice: I recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice. It really enhances the lemon flavor. For this recipe, I use a lemon/lime squeezer (manual citrus press). It’s a convenient way to juice a lemon and I like that it doesn’t take up much space. It easily fits in a drawer.
How to Make These Gluten-Free Lemon Squares
For the Gluten-Free Shortbread Crust:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line your pan with parchment paper folding it over the sides. Set the pan aside.
In a small mixing bowl combine 3/4 cup gluten-free flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, Xanthan Gum, and salt.
Next, cut the butter (cold & cubed) into the flour mixture using a small knife or your fingers until the mixture becomes crumbly.
Pat the mixture into your prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
For the Lemon Filling:
Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs until frothy.
Add the remaining 2/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons gluten-free flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, and baking powder.
Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes until thickened, then pour the mixture over the baked crust.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and the center is set.
Cool in the pan for about 5-10 minutes, then sift the powdered sugar over the top. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve.
Gluten-Free Lemon Squares
- 9×9 square baking pan
- mixing bowls
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Citrus zester/Grater
- Lemon squeezer (manual citrus press)
- Small knife for cutting the butter
- Electric mixer (stand or handheld)
- 3/4 cup + 3 T Gluten-free flour
- 1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum omit if your gluten-free flour blend already contains this.
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2/3 cup + 3 T Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 stick (4T) Dairy-free butter cold & cut into cubes
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1/4 cup Fresh lemon juice juice from 2-3 lemons
- 1 tsp. Lemon zest from 1 lemon
- 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
- 2 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar for dusting sifted
- Parchment paper to line baking pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line the baking pan with parchment paper folding it over the sides then set the pan aside.
- In a small mixing bowl add 3/4 cup gluten-free flour.
- Add 3 Tablespoons sugar and Xanthan gum (if needed) and salt.
- Cut the cubed butter into the flour mixture using a small knife or your fingers until the mixture is crumbly.
- Pat the flour mixture into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- While the crust is baking, in a separate, large mixing bowl beat the eggs with an electric mixer just until frothy.
- To the eggs add 2/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, lemon juice, lemon zest, and baking powder.
- Mix together on medium speed for 3 minutes until thickened.
- Pour mixture over the baked crust.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and the center is set.
- Cool on a wire rack in the pan for about 5 minutes.
- Sift the powdered sugar over the top.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour.
- Cut into squares and remove from the pan.
- Serve and enjoy.
Do lemon squares need to be refrigerated?
Yes. Lemon squares should be stored in the refrigerator. Store them in an airtight container or covered them tightly with plastic wrap for 4-5 days. If you will be serving them the same day, it’s ok to leave them out for a few hours at room temperature.
Can Lemon Squares be Frozen?
Yes. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. Once cut, wrap each square individually in foil or plastic wrap and place them in a sealed storage bag or airtight container.
Whether you make this recipe for Easter or for a special treat, I hope you enjoy these gluten-free lemon squares as much as my family does.
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Blessings, Laura xo