Luscious Lemoncello Squares

Spring is here when I start to make lemon squares. I don't know why but lemon squares, lemon cookies, asparagus with lemon, all remind me of spring.  My Lemon Squares are for adults since they are made with Lemoncello not lemon extract. I've given the ingredients for either the adult version or you can make them with out the alcohol. Either way my Lemon Squares are light and delicious.

Lemoncello Squares

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup flour, I like King Arther's
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Lemoncello or 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter an eight inch square pan. With an electric mixer cream butter until smooth, slowly combine the remaining ingredients until soft and smooth. Press dough evenly into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Lemoncello or 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract.
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
powdered sugar for dusting

With an electric mixer, beat eggs well and gradually add sugar, mixing until thick. Slowly add remaining ingredients, except powdered sugar.  Continue beating until mixture is thick and creamy about 3 minutes.  Poor lemon mixture over hot crust, return to oven and reduce heat to 325 degrees. Bake 25-30 minutes till top is golden. Remove from oven and run a sharp knife around the edge. Cool 20 minutes then cut into squares. Sift powdered sugar on top. Remove from pan to serving plate.



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