Easy-as-pie lemon squares

In this house, we love lemon.

It’s easily one of our favorite things.

I know it isn’t a traditional holiday flavor, but our collection of baked goods on Christmas isn’t complete without [at least] one lemony dessert. And this one is very quick to make, especially if you are pressed for time.

I first found the recipe for 2-ingredient lemon bars online years ago… and I couldn’t believe how simple they were. It was just mixing a box of angel food cake mix and a can of lemon pie filling. (Easy-as-pie. Get it? I’m hilarious.)

Even though the bars were good, they were not even close to being lemony enough for my taste. With the addition of some extract and zest, they finally met my standards. Cut into small squares and dusted with powdered sugar, they’re simply perfect.



1 can (15 oz.) of lemon pie filling

1 tsp. of lemon extract

Lemon zest (from 1 lemon)

1 box of angel food cake mix

Powdered sugar (optional)



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13″ baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pie filling, extract, zest, and cake mix. Stir until there are no lumps.
  3. Pour the batter into the greased pan.
  4. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. Cut into bite-size squares, and dust with powdered sugar (optional). They are adorable and extra-sweet with the powdered sugar, but unfortunately this time I ran out. Oh well… next time!
    easy-as-pie lemon squares



  6. Try not to eat all of them in one sitting.



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