elke wood's lemon squares

1 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/3 cup sifted confectioners sugar
1/4 t. salt
1 1/2 sticks chilled unsalted butter
1 T plus 1 t. lemon zest
1/3 cup almonds, toasted and chopped
2 cup granulated sugar
4 lg eggs- beaten
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 t. baking powder

1. preheat oven to 350 F. sift 1 1/2 cups flour, confectioners' sugar, and salt. cut into the butter 1 t. zest, an the almonds until the mixture clings- helps to use hands!
2. press into lightly buttered 9 x 13 dish- bake until just firm and lightly golden, about 20 min. let cool slightly.
3. in a large bowl stir together granulated sugar, eggs, lemon juice, baking powder, and remaining 1/4 cup flour and T zest. pour into prepared crust.
4. bake until filling is set and lightly browned, 25-30 min. cool on wire rack. as said by one of my friends, 'these are the best lemon bars i've ever had...'


  1. very delicious. despite the controversial nature of their creation. i was thankful for them nonetheless.

  2. Anonymous1/26/2013


    anyway, elke wood was my aunt. sadly, she lost her battle to cancer last august. she has been on my mind a lot lately and it has made me want to make her lemon squares, and YES! these are the best lemon squares, bar none! i am away from home and don't have her recipe with me and it's too late to call my mom or cousin, so i thought i would see f they were out on the web and i found you. so glad to have the recipe. now i don't have to wait until tomorrow.

  3. So great that you found them!

    I'm sure however I was making them had a funny story to it, your aunt is not controversial!