Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  146
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  22 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  39 mg
  • Sodium  45 mg
  • Potassium  22 mg
  • Phosphorus  32 mg
  • Calcium  16 mg
  • Fiber  0.2 g

Lemon Squares

Lemon squares are a favorite dessert. Now kidney patients can enjoy these tasty treats knowing the potassium, sodium and phosphorus content.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe from "Kidney Kooking" cookbook from the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia Submitted by DaVita dietitian Beverly from Georgia.

Portions: 18     Serving size: 2 squares


    • 1 cup powdered sugar (divided use)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt (divided use)
    • 1 cup all-purpose white flour
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
    • 4 tablespoons lemon juice (divided use)
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 tablespoon lemon rind. grated


  1. To make crust mix together 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, flour and 1/2 cup butter.
  2. Pour into ungreased 8" square pan  and bake at 350º F for 15 minutes.Remove from oven.
  3. To make filling mix together granulated sugar, baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, beaten eggs, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and grated lemon rind.
  4. Pour over crust and spread evenly.
  5. Return to oven and bake 20 minutes longer at 350º F. Remove from oven and cool.
  6. To make icing mix together remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar and 1 tablespoon softened butter.
  7. When crust and filling layers are completely cool, spread icing over the top.
  8. Refrigerate. Cut into 36 squares.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1/2 starch
    • 1 fat
    • 1 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Lemon squares freeze well. Place on a tray and freeze then store in a freezer bag or container.

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Lemon Squares

ahusberg says:


ahusberg This was so easy to make, use softened butter for the crust. Only problem, is you will NOT be able to eat only one portion.

Feb. 16, 2013, 1:03 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Sam says:


I made this a few days ago it was too good. I just tried again using granulated Sucralose instead of sugar for the filling. it tastes pretty good but it is missing the stickiness and chewy texture of the first batch. I found the crust easier to work with if you microwave the butter first.

Feb. 01, 2012, 5:38 PM - Inappropriate review?

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MelissaGott says:


hmm-just mixed the crust, and it's all dry ingredients- what's missing here????? Moderator comment: Be sure you make the filling. Ingredients are listed after the crust preparations.

Oct. 18, 2011, 5:00 PM - Inappropriate review?

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