Frozen Lemon Squares Take the Heat Off Summer

| 6/29/2010 7:16:15 PM

A photo of Oz GirlWhen I was recently asked to bring a dessert to a fellow employee's last day at work, I was stumped. Scratching my head, I thought "what in the world could I make that would NOT involve using my oven." The last thing I wanted was a hot kitchen when the temps outside had been in the upper 90s!

So I started digging through my ole trusty recipe box, thinking I had an old lemon squares recipe that might be perfect. And I did! By golly, I hadn't made this recipe for almost 20 years, at least. So I was a bit concerned that it wouldn't be tasty enough to take somewhere for others to eat. Thankfully, I had no reason for worry. It was every bit as good as I remembered, and then some. Everyone at work loved it ... several said they normally don't care for lemon but they loved the mild flavor and the sweet coolness of this dessert.

Frozen Lemon Squares

1/4 cup butter, melted
1-1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1- 14 oz. can  Eagle sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup ReaLemon
Few drops yellow food coloring, optional
Whipped topping

Combine butter, crumbs and sugar. Press into 8" or 9" square pan. Beat egg yolks. Stir in Eagle milk, lemon juice and food coloring.  Pour into crust and chill in freezer. After an hour or so, when filling has set, add whipped topping and return to freezer til firm.

Frozen Lemon Squares

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Oz Girl
7/14/2010 12:08:28 PM

Erich ~ You could certainly try that method. I found a recipe variation throughout the internet that called for baking the crust and filling in the oven, then once it had cooled, adding the cool whip topping and putting in the refrigerator or freezer. I haven't tried that method because I've had good luck with the no-bake method.

7/14/2010 8:46:00 AM

If a person was concerned about salmonella, do you think that heating this up on the stove before pouring over the crust would be a good idea?

Robyn Dolan
7/12/2010 6:20:31 PM

Mmm...this sounds JUST like my baked lemon squares that we so much enjoy when the kitchen is not already 90 degrees! Never thought of trying them frozen, but I will now. Thanx for the info on salmonella. My family is rather paranoid on that one.