These small nuggets of goodness give your mouth a burst of freshness when your taste buds are starting to complain about all the chocolate you have been eating. There are many recipes for Lemon Squares, but I think you will find this recipe simple and tasty.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- dash of salt
Mix together butter, 1/4 cup sugar and flour for the crust. Press on bottom of an 8 x 8 or 7 x 11 pan and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
Mix all Filling ingredients together and pour over crust while it is hot and bake the Lemon Squares for an additional 20 minutes. Cool on a rack. Sprinkle with the powdered sugar Topping. Cut into small squares and serve.
There are many variations of recipes for all cookies, and Lemon Squares or Lemon Bars are not different. I tasted a frosted Lemon Square over the holidays, and it was just as interesting a taste as this recipe. But, I think you will find this recipe as an excellent starting point for any variations you might want to make.
The irregular shape of the pieces of Kookie Brittle invite you to take the size piece that will be just right. One size does not fit all when eating cookies.
As you might sense, I like to make drop cookies. Kookie Brittle defies that bent. It is a short bread pan cookie that after cooking, you break into pieces – no cutting nice even pieces with a knife. In many ways, being a pan cookie means it is very easy to make; it all comes together at once.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 6 oz. chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Blend butter, vanilla and salt together well. gradually add sugar, flour and chips.
Press evenly into un-greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch pan. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top. Press firmly into dough. Bake 25 minutes or until browned. Cool and break into irregular pieces and drain on paper towels.
I was surprised that the directions do not cream the butter and sugar, but add the sugar later with the dry ingredients. I think this might make mixing of the dry ingredients into the dough slightly more difficult, and I doubt if the order is necessary.
The dough is very stiff when mixing is finished; it is almost the consistency of clay. It takes considerable effort to push it out into all areas (the corners) of the pan. If you are having trouble getting the dough spread evenly into the pan, put it in the hot oven for just a minute; it will soften and spread easier.
Do try to get the dough even in the pan. I find that many times the cookies have cooked slightly unevenly with one end or corner getting too brown. You might also want to watch the cooking time- 25 minutes might be a couple minutes too long.