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These Brown Butter Frosted Lemon Squares are smooth, soft and delicious! Tart and sweet at the same time, these lemon bars are unbeatable.SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

The Best Lemon Squares

These luscious Brown Butter Frosted Lemon Squares are the perfect lemon treat!! They’re soft, chewy, and practically melt in your mouth. A decadent brown butter lemon shortbread is topped with a sweet lemon glaze. I made these for a party and they disappeared off the plate!

SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

They’re so easy to make. All you need are 5 ingredients.

SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

How to Make Brown Butter Frosted Lemon Squares

Start by melting the butter in a large saucepan. Use a bigger pan than you think you’ll need, because the butter rises when it’s browning.

SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

While the butter is melting, whisk occasionally. When it starts to foam, like above, whisk continuously until the butter turns brown and fragrant.

SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

When the butter is brown, like above, remove immediately to a large bowl.

SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

Let the butter cool, then whisk in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

Add the sugar, flour, and salt to the butter and beat with a mixer on low speed until just combined. Press into the bottom of an 8×8 pan. I like to line my pan with foil to make it easier to remove after baking. Here’s my trick that makes lining a pan with foil SO much easier.

SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

While the lemony shortbread is baking, let’s whisk up the sweet lemon glaze. Take 1 cup of powdered sugar, stir in 1 tablespoon melted butter, add the zest of 1 lemon, then squeeze in just enough lemon juice to make a pourable glaze, about 1.5-2 tablespoons. I could seriously eat this glaze just by itself!

SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

When the pan is completely cool, pour the frosting over the shortbread. Allow the glaze to set before cutting into squares. You can place the pan in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

I am still dreaming about these Brown Butter Frosted Lemon Squares!! I wish I had one in front of me right now! Hope you enjoy!! :)

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Brown Butter Frosted Lemon Squares

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 squares 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Brown Butter Frosted Lemon Squares are smooth, soft and delicious! Tart and sweet at the same time, these lemon bars are unbeatable.

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (150 grams) sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/22 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with foil.
  2. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium heat, whisking occasionally. When the butter starts to foam, whisk constantly until it turns brown and fragrant. Remove immediately to a large mixing bowl. Allow the butter to cool, then whisk in 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, and salt to the butter and beat with a mixer on low speed until just combined. Don’t overmix. Press into the bottom of prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until the edges just start to turn golden. The middle will still VERY gooey, but the cake is definitely done at this point. Allow to cool completely.

Lemon Glaze

  1. Meanwhile, make the lemon glaze. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and whisk into powdered sugar. Add the zest of 1 lemon, and just enough lemon juice to make a thick, but pourable glaze, about 1½ – 2 tablespoons. Whisk until smooth and combined.
  2. Pour glaze over shortbread and allow to set before cutting into bars.

Notes

Store in an airtight container. Can be stored in the refrigerator or not.

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SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

SO soft and amazing!! The perfect amount of sweet and tart!! I made these for a party and these disappeared off the plate!

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10 Responses
  1. Alyssa

    I had bookmarked this recipe a couple years ago when I made your peanut butter pie recipe (which is awesome by the way!). I was going through my bookmarks this evening and came across these brown butter lemon squares and decided on a whim to make them, and I’m so glad I did! They are incredible!!! Thank you so much for sharing, this will definitely be a repeat in our home!

  2. noor

    Amazing. I’m trying these and wanna know any substitute for powdered sugar. Can I use granulated? And can I use some other fruits juice instead of lemon? Any suggestions?

  3. CakeSpy

    My mouth is unhappy because one of these bars is not in it right now. I am a sucker for anything brown butter, this sounds like a wonderful and creative summery dessert!

  4. Whit

    I made these last night, but the amount of butter seems like too much, or else there’s not enough flour! The texture was good, the glaze was delish, but the shortbread was too buttery. Maybe next time I’ll use the standard shortbread ratios. :)

  5. Little Cooking Tips

    Fantastic work Kevin and Amanda! We loved your style. Great photography and presentation guys! Bookmarked! Keep up the good work,
    Panos and Mirella

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