Friday, February 22, 2008

Lemon Squares

Betty Crocker's Cookbook-Bridal Edition

1c all purpose flour
1/2c butter, softened
1/4c powdered sugar
2t grated lemon peel omitted
2T lemon juice
1/2t baking powder
1/2 salt
2 large eggs
Powdered sugar

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Mix flour, butter, and 1/4c powdered sugar. Press in ungreased square pan, 8x8x2, building up 1/2" edges.
3. Bake crust 20 minutes, remove from oven.
4. Beat remaining ingredients (except powdered sugar) on high speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Pour over hot crust.
5. Bake 25-30 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched lightly in center. Cool in pan on wire rack; dust with powdered sugar. Cut in rows 5 x 5.

This was my very first time making lemon bars. WOW; these were fantastic. Usually, my baked goods go into work with my husband so we don't eat them all. However, my husband decided that he didn't WANT to take these into work! We very quickly ate the whole pan.

I really liked the crust for these bars--it was the perfect texture and taste. I also thought the lemon wasn't overpowering; I'm glad I opted not to use lemon peel--it might have made the flavor overwhelming.

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