Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lemon Bars and Cookies

Ina Garten

Mary Fowler and I have been baking fools!  Over the weekend we had the Christmas music playing and we baked these lemon bars.  Ina's recipe below!

We also baked one of my dad's favorite lemon cookies.  A girlfriend called the other day for this recipe and I remembered how easy and good they are!

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1 box lemon cake mix
1 tub cool whip
1 egg

Mix and drop by spoonfuls into powdered sugar.  Bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 for about 8 minutes.  We like them a little underdone so they remain chewy.

Ina Garten's Lemon Bars

For the crust:
1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the filling:
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.

Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.

Cut into triangles and dust with confectioners’ sugar.


  1. I'll have to make both of those! The lemon cookies do look especially easy. I love lemon! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Oh these are heavenly!! I'm such a sucker for anything lemon!!! Baking at Christmas time is such fun!!:)

  3. These cookies look perfect for a friend's birthday. He adores lemon-flavored things. The only question I have is what size tub of cool whip do you use?

  4. has anyone tried it with less sugar or maybe maple syrup?