Sunday, May 10, 2009

Treats for Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day all ya'll.

Let's make some easy, tasty treats.

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars
with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

A simple cookie batter, enhanced with some lemon juice and lemon zest.

Instead of rolling out the cookies, they are baked in a pan, making them much easier!

About 15-17 minutes in the oven.

Cut the bars how you like. Squares or triangles, take a biscuit cutter to make some fluted flower shapes? Whatever you like.

The bars are good plain. But they are even better with lemon cream cheese icing!

Here's the pan. I played around with the pastry bag and the icing. Total fun.

And gilding the lily...sprinkles!!!

Sugar Cookie Bars
based on the recipe by Well Fed Network

1 cup butter; room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Zest from a whole lemon
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest & mix well.

In a separate bowl combine flour, salt & soda & stir with a whisk to combine.

Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined.

Spread on a greased baking sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan).

Bake at 375 degrees for 15-17 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool completely and frost.

I didn't use a recipe, so here goes: 1 block of cream cheese (8oz), 4 TB butter, pinch of salt, 1 tsp vanilla, juice from half a lemon and zest from a whole lemon, 4 tsp heavy cream, powdered sugar, about 1 1/4 pounds. Mix until smooth and creamy. Tasty and delish!

1 comment:

Dancer in DC said...

These bars are really rich and really delicious! Love that lemony frosting - my new favorite.