Monday, April 4, 2011

Another Lemon Square-Lemon Streusel Bars

I decided to check some of my cookbooks to see what I had for lemon bar recipes. I found one in an old Pampered Chef cookbook.  It's no longer available, but it's called Stoneware Sensations and the recipe is for Lemon Streusel Bars.  These were a vast improvement over the white chocolate lemon bars from the other night, and both of my taste testers agreed!  The crust and topping on these is sweet and has a crunch and the filling is tart and creamy. Yum!

Lemon Streusel Bars
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

Crust and Streusel:
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.  For filling, in a small mixing bowl combine condensed milk, lemon zest and juice and mix well.  

For crust and streusel, mix butter and brown sugar until well blended.  Add flour and oats and mix with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.   Reserve two cups for topping and press remainder into bottom of a 9 inch baking pan.  Spread the filling evenly over crust and coat with reserved topping.  

Bake 30-35 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool completely, cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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