Entries for the fair are turned in. I didn’t end up making everything I thought I would and made one thing I didn’t plan on. I only turned in three entries this year- a petit carrot cake, chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, and these lemon dream bars.
What is so special about these bars? First off they are my dad’s favorite and Shouldn’t that be enough reason to make them?
Second it wouldn’t be Christmas at our house without them We could skip the ornaments, tree, and nativity but if we had these bars it would be enough. Which makes eating them in August feel like Christmas. Odd.
Third this recipe is handed down from my grandma to my mom to me (to you). They are an institution in our family.
Fourth coconut meets walnuts meets chewy, lemony, shortbready goodness. I might have just made up a word but these bars deserve it.
Convinced you yet? I made them yesterday morning and they are all gone. That is how good they are.
Lemon Dream Bars (Makes one 9×13 pan. Number of bars varies on how big or small you cut them)
2/3 cup butter
2 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice
4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together the 4 tablespoons of sugar with the 2 cups of flour. Cut in the 2/3 cup of butter until mixture is coarse crumbs. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven till lightly browned.
Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Stir in the coconut and chopped nuts. Spread the mixture evenly over the baked crust (ok to do while the crust is straight out of oven). Return to the oven to bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes.
Lastly make the icing by combining the lemon zest, lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar. Beat until smooth. Pour and spread over the top of the bars as soon as they come out of the oven. Cool completely before cutting into bars.