I decided to take some lemon bars that are in my Southern Living Incredible Cookies book. I wasn't so sure how they would turn out but they were great. In fact, Bob, one of the chief residents this year, sent me a page saying they were the best thing he had eaten in a while! Definitely shared the recipe with his wife so she could make more for him.
I did have to cook a bit longer than the recipe stated but that was due to using my baking stone pan (I have GOT to remember to "preheat" the pan!). I just made simple bars, but the book recommends cutting them into fun shapes...hearts, flowers, etc. This would be great...and would leave you with "unusable" scraps to snack on! YES! They tasted great with the perfect flaky crust and tart lemon filling.
What is my "lemon" right now? Starting a month long stint on the night shift! Yes, I will alternate between four and five day work week of 14 hour
Lemon Bars from Southern Living Incredible Cookies
2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter/margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
5 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind (the zest...it's the best!)
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (6 tablespoons) lemon juice
powdered sugar to garnish
Preheat oven to 350. Combine the flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla until well blended. Pat into a 13 X 9 pan that has been greased. Place pan in oven and bake for 18 minutes or until golden crust.
Combine sugar and cornstarch, mix. Add eggs, zest, and lemon juice; beat well. Pour this over the baked crust. Bake in the 350 oven for 20-25 minutes or until set (I had to bake about 30-35minutes). Cool completely then chill.
When ready to serve, sift powdered sugar on top. If desired cut into decorative shapes with cookie cutters. Enjoy!!!