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Lavender Lemon Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min

Makes

2 dozen

Hints of lavender and lemon zest in the crust make these treats a favorite. —Judith Hilinski, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender flowers
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Add the flour, almonds, lavender and lemon zest; beat until crumbly. Pat into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in another small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, eggs and lemon juice; beat until frothy. Pour over hot crust. Return to oven and bake 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate leftovers.
Editor's Note
Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn't been treated with chemicals.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 185 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.