You signed up to bring something to back-to-school night, the open house, the PTA meeting, the potluck at church. I know you did. How could you say “no, I really am too busy.”? Oh, wait, you say “No, I won’t over commit this year. Sorry. I hear Linda is quite the baker!”
You missed your opportunity. I know. So, here you are looking for JUST the right thing, because if you want your family pride–you need more than a box of brownie mix and some eggs.
I am here to save you with a family favorite. It isn’t QUITE as perfect as shortbread, but close. Not only that, lemon bars seem to be hip, like whoopie pies and red velvet cupcakes. Not only that, you likely have the ingredients handy.
You can skip the frosting. The coconut frosting DOES add a nice touch though and brings it up a notch over the typical lemon squares. Make these the night before and go confidently forth to your meeting!
Luscious Lemon Squares
Yield: 3 dozen small squares.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour, sifted
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter with flour and add confectioner’s sugar. Press mixture into bottom of 9 inch square pan.
2. Bake at 350 degrees until done and cool for 15 minutes.
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon rind, grated
2 eggs, well-beaten
1 cup sugar, granulated
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1. Blend ingredients together well. Place on baked layer of confectioner’s sugar mixture.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup coconut, shredded
1. Blend all ingredients together well. Spread over filling.
2. Cut into small squares to serve
–Mrs. William L. Holland