Today was my first day of baking and not knowing which recipe to choose, I decided to make the very first one in the book. This happens to be Lemon Bars, which personally I wouldn't categorize as a cookie but the recipe looked very simple and I love anything lemon so I forged ahead.
The bar consists of a simple shortbread crust which is baked alone at first and then topped off with a zesty lemon filling and further baked until the filling is set in the center. Both the crust and the filling are very easy to prepare. The recipe calls for a 7.5 x 11.75-inch pan and the only one I have which is remotely close to these measurements is made from glass so I figured I would need to make some adjustments to my oven temperature. I reduced it to 325 degrees but at the end of the baking time the bars still seemed far from ready so I increased the temperature to 340 degrees and baked about 5 minutes longer.
Once the bars were completely cooled they were dusted with some icing sugar and cut into squares.
I couldn't resist and sampled one (or two!) pieces. The shortbread crust is buttery and delicate, the filling tart and lemony and the powdered sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness. In short, they are delicious - sort of like eating lemon meringue pie and they make a nice dessert on a summer day like today. This is definitely a recipe I will make again in the future.
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