These easy to make Lemon and Walnut squares have a sweet, nutty filling that is the perfect foil to the zingy lemon icing on top. A favourite of my late Mom – who liked all things lemony – they make a great addition to any Christmas cookie tray.
The recipe is a bit of a mystery as I don’t recall my Mom ever saying where she got it. The paper is so brittle now I’m guessing the recipe is from the 1940’s or 50’s but other than that I have no clue.
One thing I do know though is that these Lemon and Walnut Squares really are delicious!
Lemon and Walnut Squares
- ¾ cup butter softened
- 1½ cups flour
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- ½ cup coconut
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 1¼ cups brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 eggs
- For the icing
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 2 cups confectioner's sugar icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice you may not need it all
- Preheat the oven to 350℉ (170℃ or 160℃ for a fan oven).
- Lightly butter an 8 inch square pan.
- Cream together the butter, flour and white sugar. Pat the mixture into the pan.
- Bake for about 10 minutes. Set aside.
- Mix together the coconut, walnuts, brown sugar, baking powder and eggs in a medium bowl.
- Spread the mixture over the base evenly.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- The squares often look very brown when they come out of the oven but don’t worry, that is exactly as it should be. Set them aside to cool.
- When the squares are cool, make the frosting.
- Beat together the ¼ cup softened butter and the confectioner's sugar.
- Add the vanilla and beat together well.
- Gradually add the lemon juice, a tablespoonful at a time, beating well after each addition until you get a smooth, spreadable frosting.
- Spread the frosting over the squares in the pan. Chill in the fridge before cutting in small squares. Store covered in the refrigerator.
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