For the next 11 weeks, I am excited to join a group, hosted by Meal Planning Magic, called 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats. I missed last week due to somebody's pesky 2 year old molars, hence 11 weeks :) So every Thursday, I will be sharing a delicious Holiday-inspired treat. I know what you're thinking...Christmas? It's only October! It's never too early to plan. Time to dust off those holiday cookie platters!
For my first Christmas treat post, it is only fitting that I share a favorite recipe that my Grandma used to make for the Holidays ~ Lemon Bars. There was always something extra special about her lemon bars. They had a perfect balance of tangy and sweet, they had the lovely dusting of powdered sugar on top, and they literally melted in your mouth. Of our favorites she made, my grandma's lemon bars topped the list of many (and there definitely were many). To me, no Holiday cookie platter is complete without lemon bars. I never realized how easy they were to make, which is an added bonus!
Grandma's Lemon Bars
Yields 16 bars
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
powdered sugar, for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8" square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together butter, 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Press into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden.
- In a large bowl, mix sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and baking powder. Add eggs, juice and zest, folding gently until combined.
- Pour lemon mixture over baked crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool completely and then dust with powdered sugar.