This is one of the tastiest desserts, but it is also incredibly easy. And, if you have been reading for a while, that’s two of my favorite things, because life is already complicated, let us not get it more complicated. Today’s recipe Air Fryer Lemon Squares.
There is nothing like a butter shortcrust, topped with lemon filling and dusted with powdered sugar. It’s the perfect dessert. And now, with an air fryer, it’s simple as can be.
The secret is to use a thin pan, which will enable your air fryer to circulate the air around it, and a thin pan will ensure it gets cooked. If you use a really thick pan, the inside will never get completely cooked.
Whip up a batch of these air fryer lemon bars for using up your fresh lemons: an easy lemon bars recipe that has a buttery and flakey crust and a gooey lemon filling.
Lemon squares in the air fryer are so easy to make and use simple pantry essentials. This lemon dessert is one I have made over and over again.
You will find that this lemon recipe is great for serving up at a potluck, holiday gathering, summer cookout, or even weeknight dessert.
Looking for some other Easy Air Fryer Dessert Recipes? Some of my favorites are AIR FRYER DESSERT NACHOS, AIR FRYER CHERRY CHIMICHANGAS, AIR FRYER PEANUT BUTTER BANANA EGG ROLLS, and AIR FRYER PANCAKE BATTER OREO.
Air Fryer Lemon Squares
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Lemon Squares
- Powdered Sugar
- Lemon Juice and Zest
How to Make Lemon Bars
Start by working on the crust. You will add flour, powdered sugar, salt, and cornstarch into a food processor. Add in the butter and pulse.
You want the mixture to be crumby little balls. Sprinkle the mixture into the pan and press it down firmly. Toss in the fridge for 30 minutes. Now you will cook for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Once done, set aside. I work on the filling while it is air frying. Whisk up the eggs, flour, and sugar in a bowl. Toss in the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice along with salt.
Stir until combined and pour into baked crust. Bake another 10-12 minutes. Allow bars to cool, then dust with powdered sugar.
How to zest a lemon?
To zest a lemon, you will use a zester or grater. Take your washed lemon and run it across the blades. You want to remove only the yellow portion of the skin.
Avoid the white as that will make your zest very bitter. Carefully work your way all around the lemon.
If you don’t have either of those tools, a pairing knife works, you need to carefully cut the peel then slice it up into tiny pieces.
Can you buy lemon zest?
Some stores do sell a dried lemon zest. While it can save time on prep, you will find it does not provide that crisp fresh citrus flavor you will get from fresh lemon zest.
How much zest per lemon?
One medium-sized lemon will roughly provide around 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
I use this as a good guide to know how many lemons to buy for any lemon recipe I make.
What’s the point of lemon zest?
The lemon zest will elevate the flavor of your lemon squares. Giving it that nice punch of citrus in each bite.
If you don’t want to use lemon zest, replace every 1 teaspoon of zest with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
This will help amp up the lemon flavor without zesting your lemons.
How do I know when lemon bars are done?
The best guide is a jiggle test. Carefully jiggle the pan slightly, and if you find the bars don’t wiggle, they are done.
You might find the center of the bars will wiggle just a bit. If yours do, that is okay.
Allow your bars to sit on a cooling rack to cool as well. That can help the center finish baking and set up as well.
Storing Lemon Squares
Lemon squares need to be refrigerated if you don’t plan to eat them right away. The lemon bars need to be covered in a container.
If you prefer eating them at room temperature, take a slice or two and let it warm up for n hour on the counter.
You never want your lemon bars to sit out for more than 2 hours. Or you run the risk of bacteria growing at a rapid pace.
Can you freeze lemon bars?
Absolutely. Let bars fully cool. Do not put the powdered sugar on bars. Slice and place in an airtight container or bag. Suppose you stack bars place wax paper between layers to prevent sticking.
Freeze for 3-4 months. When you want some, remove and thaw on the counter for an hour or do a slow thaw in the fridge overnight.
If you do freeze with powdered sugar on top, it will just melt into the squares. It’s ok to do it will create a sticker top to the bars.
Interested in more lemon recipes
Some Other Great Air Fryer Dessert Recipes–
- AIR FRYER MINI APPLE PIE
- EASY AIR FRYER ONE BOWL CHOCOLATE CAKE
- AIR FRYER CINNAMON SUGAR DONUT HOLES
SOME HELPFUL ITEMS FOR MAKING LEMON SQUARES IN THE AIR FRYER–
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These are very tasty and delicious, they are easy to make and a family favorite. The lemon flavor really brings out the flaky crust.
- 1 cup room temperature butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- Start by making the crust, mix together the butter, flour, and sugar. Then press into a pan. Set into the air fryer for 7 minutes at 320 degrees F. Once it is golden brown, remove.
- Then to make the filling, mix together in a large mixing bowl, the eggs, sugar, flour and lemon juice, Pour the filling over the baked crust.
- Place the pan into the air fryer temperature at 320 degrees F, for 12 minutes. They will harden as they cool.
- Plate, serve and enjoy!