Lemon Squares


Serving Size:
2 squares

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein
  • Vegetarian


  • 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.

Helpful hints

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

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

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

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

Carbohydrate choices


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