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Dessert in a Flash – You’ll Love These Lemon Squares

Very often I find the need to make a dessert item at the last minute. It could be that someone is stopping by for a visit or coffee, we get invited someplace, or we just feel like having something sweet for dessert ourselves at home. Whatever the reason, sometimes I want to go beyond what a box of brownie mix can offer. There’s nothing wrong with boxed brownies; we use them often, and you can jazz them up in a number of ways to make them seem like they are homemade. However, I don’t always want to have chocolate, so having a good fallback dessert that you can make with what you have in your pantry is a good option. That is why these lemon squares are perfect. They only require a few ingredients, and they are all things you always have around in the house so in under an hour you can have a great tasting dessert that seems like you put a lot of work into it. I got this recipe from Dena Kleiman at New York Times Cooking, and it worked out perfectly.

Lemon Squares

2 cups flour, plus 1/4 cup

½ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus 2 teaspoons

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted

4 eggs

2 cups granulated sugar

cup lemon juice (from about 1 to 2 lemons)

½ teaspoon baking powder

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together two cups of flour, 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar and the salt. Add the melted butter and stir the ingredients to thoroughly combine them. Spread the crust with clean hands in an even layer into a 9-by-13-inch pan and bake the crust for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, lemon juice, baking powder and the remaining flour. Pour the lemon mixture onto the hot baked shell and bake it for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until it is just set. Using a small, fine-meshed sieve, sift the remaining confectioners’ sugar on top of the lemon squares once they have cooled. Cut the dessert into equal-sized bars.

It’s quite simple to make, and it tastes great. You get that fantastic lemon flavor you love in desserts like this with just the right amount of chewiness and crunch. These squares are perfect for any occasion, whether you are looking for something to bring to someone’s home, are making a bunch of cookies for a cookie swap or holiday party or just want to have a tasty treat at home to go nicely for a dessert or with a cup of coffee or tea.Depending on how big you cut the squares, you can get about 16 to 20 squares, so there are plenty to go around. I’ll be using this recipe again because it is so easy to make.

That’s all I have for today. Work has kept me pretty busy lately, so I don’t have as much time as I want to blog, but I am going to try to get here a few times this week to try and get caught up with things (though getting caught up seems to be a rarity these days). Until next time, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!

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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Cookies, Cooking, Dessert, Snacks

 

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The 101 Recipes You Need to Know How to Cook | Bon Appetit

Every home cook has some basic recipes that they turn to all of the time for weeknight meals, special Sunday suppers or dinner parties. There are some classics and basic recipes that you learn along the way that you can always rely on when you want to turn out a great meal. Bon Appetit has put together 101 of the basic classic recipes, with everything from appetizers to desserts and everything in between so that you can have recipes to fall back on, learn and use when you want them. Check it out!

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48 Memorial Day Dessert Ideas – Bon Appétit

What makes a great barbecue besides family, fun and food on the grill? An awesome dessert of course. There are all kinds of great dessert options you can try that go beyond the standard fruit salad or store-bought pie. Bon Appetit has 48 Memorial Day desserts for you to try, but these desserts are great for any summer get-together. Check it out and give them a try!

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easter recipes Recipes – NYT Cooking

Easter is less than a week away and if you are planning on hosting Easter dinner this year, you want to have some good recipe ideas on what to make. NYT Cooking has put together everything you might be interested in making this year, from ham to lam to side dishes, brunch recipes, desserts,what to do with those hard-boiled eggs and much more. Check it out!

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Christmas Guide | King Arthur Flour

Looking for some baking ideas for Christmas? King Arthur Flour, one of my favorite companies, has got you all set with everything you need and all the recipes, tips and techniques you desire for baking breads, cookies, candy, rolls and you Christmas breakfast. See what you can do for the holidays. Check it out!

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Christmas Cookie Plate – Recipes from NYT Cooking

It’s that Christmas cookie time of year again. As you get ready to make cookies for the holidays for your own, for gifts or for a cookie party or swap, New York Times Cooking has put together some great cookie recipes for you to try out this year. Find some new recipes or different ways to make classic cookies to change up your holiday cookie tray. Check it out!

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Posted by on December 5, 2015 in Cookies, Cooking, Cooking Websites, Dessert, Holidays

 

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Our Best Labor Day Recipes Recipes – NYT Cooking

While summer may not officially be over, Labor Day weekend does often signal the end of summer for many of us, making us want to get out and enjoy the three day weekend as much as possible before the regular routines of work and school kick back in. The weekend cries out for all kinds of grilling, cooking, parties and outdoor fun, and NYT Cooking has put together some great recipe ideas of what you can make this Labor Day weekend. Enjoy and check it out!

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