Lemon Crumb Bars

I’ve been getting into a chocolate rut. Not that there’s anything wrong with chocolate or lots of it, but I noticed every time I went to bake a dessert item it almost always was 100% chocolate based.

Cue the lemons!

Lemon bars have been on my “must make” list for quite a while, and since I buy lemons almost every time I go food shopping I found that I had more than enough stock piled to make a zesty and fresh recipe. After searching around I landed on this one. What really stuck out to me was the crumble on top, the crust, and the creamy center. These were a huge hit in the house, but you definitely want to eat these cold. They are OK warm out of the oven, but sticking them in the fridge for a bit and eating them nice and cool is definitely the way to go.

-1 1/4 cups flour
-1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup baking soda
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I always use dark)
-3/4 cup butter, melted
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
-2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
-1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
-2 large egg yolks

1. Heat oven to 350. Grease an 8×8 baking dish.

2. In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. Mix in the white and brown sugar. Combine the vanilla and melted butter together then add it into the dry ingredients.

3. Take half of this mixture and press it firmly into the bottom of your baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes.

4. Mix together the condensed milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and egg yolks. Once the crust is done baking, pour filling on top of the baked crust. Take remaining crumble and sprinkle it over top.

5. Bake 20 minutes. Let cool and then refrigerate.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of the biggest let downs is biting into a chocolate chip cookie and waiting for that delicious hit of chocolate, only to find out those chocolate morsels are raisins. You don’t have a chocolate chip cookie, you actually have a crappy oatmeal raisin cookie.

Don’t worry, these cookies won’t let you down one bit. They are so rich, so peanut buttery, and so chocolatey. And if you’re one of those people who would prefer an oatmeal raisin cookie to one of these bad boys, well I suggest you just move right along to another blog.

-1 cup peanut butter
-1/2 cup butter, softened
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1 egg
-3 tablespoons milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cups flour
-3/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Cream together the butter and white sugar. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla.

2. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mix to the peanut butter mix and stir until combined. Lastly, stir in the brown sugar and chocolate chips.

3. Bake for 9 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Source: Butter with a Side of Bread