Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares

Does anyone else feel like summer is slipping away? I had a dinner the other night and I was in charge of dessert and didn’t have many ingredients on hand but happened to have everything for these. That’s why I love the Pioneer Woman because she uses everyday ingredients…nothing too fancy schmancy. These bars were awesome. They almost tasted like key lime bars. You probably could substitute lime juice if you wanted. I served these with strawberries and fresh whipped cream but that’s just because I like to complicate things. These are great just all by themselves…just ask my babysitter. I noticed when we returned home about 3 were gone from the plate of extras I had stuck in the fridge.

Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, slightly softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cups lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix butter and brown sugar until well combined. Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add oats and flour to butter/sugar mixture and mix to combine. Press half of oat crumb mixture into the bottom of an 8 x 11 inch pan. You can use a 9 x 13 pan; it will just be thinner.
  3. Mix together condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Spread onto the bottom layer of the crumb mixture. The other half of the crumb mixture mix and knead together with clean hands so that the butter that you added earlier gets incorporated then crumble on top of lemon layer but don’t press.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Allow pan to sit on counter for 30 minutes after baking. Cut into squares and refrigerate for a couple of hours or until cool.
  6. Serve cool. Makes around one dozen.

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  1. These look sooooo good and refreshing. I love anything with lemon. Thanks for posting and nice picture. Have a great day!!!!!

  2. They looks like a wonderful treat for these terribly hot days! Printing it out, and heading to the store! Thanks for sharing!

  3. These look perfect, even w/o the strawberries and cream.

  4. I bookmarked this recipe a couple weeks ago- it just looks so good and different!

  5. i have been drooling over a number of these recipes for a few years… and am finally going to make one! (i never cook-ask laura!) am trying this one tomorrow though for some guests– wish me luck Christy!

  6. Sooooooo Delicious! Made them last night. So easy too!

  7. They sound and look great! I have been needing a good lemon bar recipe!

  8. haha I love that the babysitter was sneaking them…that totally would’ve been me a few years ago! at least you know they’re well-liked :)

  9. Oh drool! This includes ALL my favorite things!!! Printing this off right now!!!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  10. I am totally making these soon! I usually don’t ilke lemon flavoured desserts but this one looks way too mouthwatering to pass up!

  11. Just pulled these out of the oven and can’t wait to taste them!

  12. its in the oven! cant wait :)

  13. I have all these ingredients on hand, YES!!!! Need to make these ASAP!

  14. Love your site! I’m literally drooling over the picture of these lemon bars! I can’t wait to try the recipe.

  15. I made these yesterday and they were OK. The lemon flavor couldn’t really come through because there was just way too much of the oat crumb mixture. I did appreciate that they were easy to make and used ingredients I had on hand anyway.

  16. these look so good, made them tonight for a friend tomorrow, i hope she likes them :)

  17. DID YOU USE ORIGINAL OATS OR QUICK OATS. I HAVE ORIGINAL AND WOULD PREFER TO USE THOSE. THIS SOUNDS WONDERFUL!!

  18. YES I USED ORIGINAL OATS AND THIS WAS BY FAR ONE OF THE BEST DESSERT I HAVE EVER MADE!!! THANK YOU FOR THE RECIPE ;)

  19. Sounds like a cool light dessert.

  20. Cook the oats first? I’m not a cook lol

  21. @Anonymous,
    Totally a valid question…no you do not need to cook the oats first.

  22. I made these and they were so good! I mixed some shredded coconut in with the crumb topping and it tasted wonderful.

  23. What size pan did you use? I have a 7 x 11 and 9 x 13, but not an 8 x 11.

  24. Hi Christy! This is the second recipe I’ve snatched from your blog. Both have been a complete hit! Somehow, I didn’t even see it was one of Ree’s recipes until after I made it.

    Thanks for great instructions and a great, SIMPLE, dinner-party pleasing recipe! Yay!!

  25. I wonder if there’s anything that could be substituted for the sweetened condensed milk? I am SO terribly lactose intolerant but I love stuff like this :(

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Shoot. I have no idea for a substitution for that.

    • Carol McCarthy says:

      If you check with your local health food stores where organic products are sold, you may find a lactose free condensed milk. I found lactose free evaporated milk at my local New Frontiers store. Hope this helps.