Lemon Tart Squares with Nilla Wafer Crusts

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Well hello there, sunshine.

I have such a treat for you. The last time I shared something involving lemons it was savory. Yes, it was a pizza, and I know some of you turn your noses up to the tart little things, but I happen to have an affinity for them. I ♥ lemons.

And they love me, I just know it. Don’t hate. Oh, let me tell you a story real fast. (don’t let me lose you here – the word “hate” made me think of this) Whenever one of my kids- 14 and 16 – throws out “I hate (example) green beans” my husband always comes back with…

“Oh, wait… I just got a phone call! It’s green beans. They said they don’t really like you either.”

Yes, my Mark is a little corny but so sweet. I call him Sparky when we go on vacation.

Had to throw that in there.

So, anyway, one morning a while back I noticed I had several lemons that were threatening to get all old and shrively, so I obviously had to do something. I had to save them. I know, I’m so selfless.   :mrgreen:

Hence – These lemon tart squares. That means they are technically squares, but with a tart like consistency filling. The crust is made from Nilla Wafers, corn flakes and butter. Crazy – I know, right? But it works. I was actually very happy with the crust.

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If you’re a citrusy+sweet lover, you’ll definitely appreciate these.

Lemon Squares with Nilla Wafer Crusts


  • 2 1/2 cups Nilla Wafers
  • 1/2 cup corn flakes
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice from 1 lemon


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a food processor, combine Nilla Wafers and corn flakes; pulse until crumbly.
  • Add butter and pulse a few more times until it's a meal-like consistency.
  • Press about half of the crust mixture into a small baking dish (since I was experimenting I didn't make a huge batch - I used a 12x8x5 Pyrex glass dish). Save the rest for another recipe.
  • Bake for about 5-8 minutes, or until the crust is just beginning to brown.
  • While the crust is in the oven, make the lemon filling. Mix together the sugar and flour, then add in the eggs and lemon juice. Whisk until combined.
  • Pour over the prepared crust and bake for 15-20 minutes - you want to see a little browning around the edges and the middle will be bubbling a little.
  • Let cool for 20 minutes; cut and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Refrigerate them for a couple of hours before serving.


Aren’t they pretty? These would be great for a baby shower, bridal tea, or a premenstrual binge.


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  • Kate@Diethood
    February 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Loves it!! I make my lemon bars with nilla wafer crust, too!! 🙂 Now my mouth is all puckered up and ready to lick my screen… thanks! 🙂

  • Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch
    February 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Looks delicious, and I love anything lemon. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays. The next party is live!! http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/02/tasty-thursdays-29.html
    Thanks, Nichi

  • Kim
    February 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    I love lemon also! I love the flavor combo with the Nilla Wafers. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Potluck. Have a great week!

  • Minnie(@thelady8home)
    February 11, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Wonderful. Delicious and sounds so refreshing!

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