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Lemon Liqueur Squares

Lemon squares are a perfect dessert for a variety of occasions. They are a refreshing and sweet treat in the summer at picnics and barbecues, and the powder sugar atop makes them perfect for Christmas and holiday parties.

Adding a hint of lemon liquor really amps up the flavor and puts a nice twist on traditional lemon squares.


1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Villa Massa Liquore di Limoni or Lemon liqueur
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Lightly spray an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.

Add butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy.

Beat in 1 tablespoon Villa Massa Liquore.

Add 1cup flour and beat into mixture until thoroughly combined. Pat dough into bottom of prepared baking pan.

Bake for 12 minutes. Meanwhile, beat eggs for 10 seconds.

Add granulated sugar and beat into a pale yellow mixture. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of Villa Massa Liquore, lemon juice, and lemon zest and mix well.

Sift together remaining 3 tablespoons of flour and baking powder and beat into mixture until thoroughly combined.

Remove cookies from oven and pour lemon mixture evenly over top surface.

Return to oven and bake for 20 more minutes.

Remove cookies from oven and immediately dust top with remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar.

Cut into 2 x 2-inch squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Makes 16 cookies.

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