|Footwear choices aside, I'll eat any dessert in bar form.|
These lemon cake bars pack a punch. They're tart and mouthwatering, but they leave your sweet tooth satisfied thanks to the lemony glaze on top. Sliced up into 12 bars, they're only 175 calories a piece. Tell me what pumpkin-filled fall dessert can say the same?! No, literally, tell me because I'll want to make it in a few weeks. I may be basking in the glow of a Vikings win, but even if we had lost, these bars would've had me feeling better in no time. So uh, I guess if you're a Titans fan, sorry eh, but you could make these to soothe your soul. I promise you making these will be 1,000 times easier than watching your team fall to the Kings in the North. Skol.
|At least the ingredients list isn't as confusing as our starting roster.|
- 1 stick of butter at room temp
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 2 eggs at room temp
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 1 tbs dried lemon jest
- (not pictured) 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (or you can just double the amount of zest but things may get crumby in texture)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- For healthier bars: 1/2 cup All Purpose flour and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour. Otherwise, use entirely All Purpose but add on a bunch of extra calories (boo)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- Optional: 4-5 drops of yellow food coloring because things should be pretty, dammit.
|This could definitely be eaten with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Thanks, healthy food!|
Let your bars cool on a rack until they're at room temp. Or you can speed things up by putting them in the freezer for a half an hour. I had time to walk the dogs and enjoy a thunderstorm while these cooled, like Mother Nature was reminding me the season of pumpkin is nigh.
|Of course I'm adding sprinkles. I need sprinkle rehab.|
|Oh yeah, hit me with the good stuff.|
|At least you have Jason Witten? And dessert.|
|Sundays were made for treating yourself.|