Lemon Squares

I wanted to prepare a light dessert to serve after our Easter dinner. I found this quick and easy recipe for lemon bars on Cooking Light, and they were the perfect finish to our feast. I changed the crust up a little, using graham crackers instead - very tasty.

Easy Lemon Squares
adapted from Cooking Light

1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, softened
1 cup graham cracker crumbs

3 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare the crust, beat 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the butter at medium speed of a mixer until creamy. Add 1 cup graham cracker crumbs to sugar mixture, beating at low speed until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gently press mixture into bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; cool on a wire rack.

To prepare topping, beat eggs at medium speed until foamy. Add 3/4 cup granulated sugar and next 5 ingredients (3/4 cup granulated sugar through salt), and beat until well-blended. Pour mixture over partially baked crust. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Cool on wire rack. Sift powdered sugar evenly over top.

Yields 16 servings

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