Lemon-Coconut Squares

lemon_squares.jpgMy sister got this from a Southern States recipe book (I believe it was a Georgia recipe)… This is SO good — and so calorific! The calamansi will make the dish slightly sweeter. This is best made with lemons because of the grated lemon peel. I baked Lemon Squares for Christmas and it’s always one of the favorite treats in the family.

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tsps. grated lemon peel

1. Combine the ingredients in a mixer (with the paddle attachment). Beat at low speed for 30 to 90 seconds.

2. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a 9″ square pan, using floured hands. Make sure that the crust is evenly distributed.

3. Bake at the center of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly brown.


While you’re waiting for the crust to be done —

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tsps. grated lemon peel

1. Beat the mixture at low speed in your mixer (use the paddle or whip attachment) for about 2 minutes.

2. Pour the filling over the cooked crust.

3. Bake the lemon-coconut squares for 25 to 30 minutes in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven.

Cut into squares and sprinkle confectioner’s sugar on the top.

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