When I moved in with Hubby, I made these for our first Christmas together. He was immediately hooked and he put up a bit of a protest, when I added these to the goody tray I was taking to his Mom's house, LOL. She fell in love with them as well and the outcome is one of my favorite Christmas memories.
I brought the tray to my Mother in Law's house and everyone oowed and awwed over my home made treats. When we left, to go for dinner at Hubby's cousin's house, MIL quickly hid the remaining lemon bars under the remaining goodies, so we would all think they had been eaten (and she could have them to herself). Well, we forgot to put the tray in the kitchen, so Shadow (Hubby's dog) decided to help herself to a few goodies.
Can you guess what she went for first??
That's right, the lemon bars! When we returned to MIL's house, the goodies were on the floor and Shadow had decided to hide her favorites under the throw pillows, on the sofa. MIL then confessed that she had piled all the other goodies on top of the lemon bars and we all shared a good laugh. Her plan had been foiled by the dog!
Shadow passed away 2 summers ago. So, when I make these, I think of this story and of how much I miss our puppy girl. I know somewhere in heaven she is eating all the lemon bars she wants.
These are really delicious. Slightly sweet, with a nice tart filling. The crust is flaky, the filling gooey. What's not to love???
2 C flour
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 C margarine
2 C sugar
1/3 C lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 C flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
For Crust: Combine 2 C flour, with powdered sugar. Cut in margarine, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into an 8x13 inch baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until edges begin to brown slightly.
For Filling: Beat eggs with sugar, lemon zest and juice, flour and baking powder, until thoroughly combined.
Once crust has baked for 20-25 minutes, pour filling over crust and return to the oven, for 25 minutes longer, or until filling is set. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional powdered sugar. Cool completely, before cutting into bars.
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