Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lemon Graham Squares

I spend every Tuesday evening meeting with the youth group in our church.  It keeps me really busy but has turned into the highlight of my week.  I know teenagers sometimes get a bad wrap, but our kids are awesome!  So driven, so bright and energetic, and so kind to each other.  No Mean Girls in this crowd.  Their great vibes are so infectious, I always leave feeling younger and fortunate to be around such great young people.
 Regardless of what we might be doing that night, (service project, building skills, working towards goals), food is almost always involved, and I am always happy to provide it.  It gives me a chance to experiment with delicious looking treats without actually having to have them in the house.  I found these lemon graham squares on Debbie's blog at the Friday Friends and instantly fell in love.  How can you not love a tart lemon filling between two layers of cookie crumbs?  I made them once for our church group, and then a new batch the very next day to hoard at home.  Yeah, so much for getting them out of the house!

Lemon Graham Squares
Found at The Friday Friends


1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (exactly one plastic packed stack of graham crackers)
3/4  cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
dash salt
1/2 cup melted butter


In a bowl, combine the milk and lemon juice, mix well, set aside. In another bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in butter until crumbly.

Press half of the crumb mixture into a greased 9-inch square baking dish.  Pour lemon mixture over crust; sprinkle with remaining crumbs.   Bake at  375F for  20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Cut into bars.

Shared with Taste and Tell Thursdays


Debbie said...

I just love this Teresa and will definitely be trying it very soon!!!

Blond Duck said...

I would love a PB filling for this.

Pam said...

They look so tasty! We would all love these.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

oh these look great nice texture

Anonymous said...

Those look so good! Next time I need to make treats, these are going to be made!

Anonymous said...

I love lemon desserts and the lemon squares sound terrific.

Mary said...

These look delicious and would make beggars of my family. I guarantee they would quickly disappear. I hope you've had a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jeane M. said...

Totally smitten! Hoarding this to my weekend gathering menu. :) Got my eye on your next posts.

Joanne said...

It gives me hope that there are still some nice girls out there! And how delicious do these lemon grahams look - the perfect blend of sweet and tangy!

Barbara said...

Lemon anything is high on my list of desserts. I like the brown sugar mixed in with the graham crackers...great idea.
Bet they were gone in no time!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Mmmm, these sound good! I love the lemon and graham combination...they would disappear quickly around these parts ;).

Angie's Recipes said...

I will be trying this too! They look irresistible. Tangy sweet milk filling sounds marvelous.

Val said...

I think it's so awesome that you spend time with the youth group. These would be perfect for anyone. Love these.

Reeni Pisano said...

These look insanely delicious! I can't blame you one bit for making 2 batches!

Dawn Yucuis said...

I love lemon bars! The graham crackers add a nice touch to these bars. Yummy!

Velva said...

Food is what brings it all together. Awesome.