Lemon squares are so delicious, but classic lemon square recipes tip the scales with their calories and saturated fat. Our healthy lemon squares recipe shaves almost 200 calories and more than 5 grams of saturated fat per lemon square. For a variation, use lime juice in place of the lemon juice.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2013


Recipe Summary

2 hrs 45 mins




Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil and generously coat it with cooking spray.

  • To prepare crust: Combine flour, confectioners' sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add oil and butter; using your fingertips, blend into the flour mixture until evenly combined. The mixture will be a little crumbly. Firmly press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake the crust until just barely beginning to brown around the edges, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • To prepare filling: Whisk granulated sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until well combined. Whisk in eggs. Stir in water and lemon juice. Pour the filling over the crust.

  • Bake until just set, 18 to 20 minutes. (The center should still be a little jiggly--it will firm up as it cools.)

  • Let cool to room temperature in the pan on a wire rack, about 1 1/2 hours. Gently lift out of the pan all in one piece using the edges of the foil. Cut into 9 squares. Garnish with lemon zest and dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired, just before serving.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and store at room temperature for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

207 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 31g; dietary fiber 1.4g; sugars 15.8g; fat 8.3g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 48.1mg; vitamin a iu 139.4IU; vitamin c 3.5mg; folate 7.1mcg; calcium 15.9mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 2.3mg; potassium 43.9mg; sodium 127.9mg; added sugar 16g.

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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
These are awful This attempt to make lemon squares better for you is a complete and utter failure. They have zero flavor. The bottom crust is thick powdery and tasteless. The top is cloudy thin and tasteless. Even though the fat content has been greatly reduced from standard versions of this recipe the sugar and carb content leave it with no redeeming value. To consume this much flour and sugar I also require FLAVOR. These are a pointless waste of time ingredients and calories. Pros: none Cons: everything Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very lemony! These were great! In addition to the stated ingredients I used maybe a fresh lemon's worth of zest. Pros: easy fast Read More
Rating: 1 stars
The appearance of scrambled eggs These lemon bars have a 1/4 inch of crust and about a mil ammeter of filling. When I took them out of the oven there were giant air bubbles and they had the appearance of scrambled eggs. Would definitely not make these again Pros: None Cons: They look like scrambled eggs Read More
Rating: 3 stars
The crust was powdery like another reviewer said and way too thick although I pressed it down well and up the sides. The ratio of crust to filling wasn't correct. The filling was fine and not too sweet but overall I don't think I would make it again. Read More