Tis’ the season for baking……as a family that strives to keep junk food and sugary treats out of the house, Christmas time is a time I really let loose and bake our favorite goodies. By Christmas Eve I’ve usually baked at least 12 types of cookies (more or less) to give to friends and to take to different gatherings. I also manage to keep a few of each stashed away for our Christmas Eve family party. It’s so much fun, and a tradition we all look forward to every year. I always make sure to bake everyone’s top 3 cookie choices. I’ll be sharing a few of favorites over the next two weeks.
These lemon squares are one of my absolute favorites!! I was thrilled the first time I made them to find out how EASY they are to make (quick & easy!!) I found out last year that my father-in-law loves them too. It was the same conversation where I found out he prefers receiving homemade Christmas treats instead of the impersonal gift cards my hubby had been insisting we buy him each year. Yay!! I was able to get 3 favorites listed down that I can now make him every year. I’m pretty sure I only duplicate one of the ones my sister-in-law makes….her famous tollhouse brittle I’ll be sharing soon.
I’m pretty sure no one can resist these slightly tart but sweet lemon treats. Everyone loves lemon, right? I thought so too, but just found out my mother-in-law doesn’t. She must be the only one….anyone else not love lemon? It’s because of her that I experimented with orange zest cookies. They turned out pretty good. I got this lemon square recipe from one of my first online message board hang outs back in 2002.
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Back to the lemon squares…..she titled them “Granny’s Lemon Squares” and the only change I make is that I double the recipe and use a 9 x 13 pan. I’m sharing that version with you because an 8 x 8 pan is really just a tease. I like to cut them small because they pack a powerful punch, and ensures everyone gets a taste. Plus a 9 x 13 pan gives you enough to take to 2 holiday events or 1 event and some for home. I already took them to the play my older girls were in last week (A Christmas Carol…my oldest was the ghost of Christmas past), and the end of the year party for our American Girl Club. They went fast, and I was asked if they were on my blog.
What are your favorite Christmas cookies? What’s on your “Must Make” list every year?
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2 sticks butter, melted
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 6 Tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and powdered sugar. Melt butter and mix with flour and sugar. Press into a buttered 9 x 13 pan (I use pyrex). Bake for 18 – 20 minutes.
- Beat eggs, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Pour over baked crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Cool and sprinkle with more powdered sugar. When completely cool cut into small squares and serve. Makes about 60 small squares.