Honey Lemon Butter Crunch Bars

Look! Something new! It’s no secret that I like to eat, ya’ll! Here’s a recipe for something I love. Hope you like it too…

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Honey-y, lemon-y, butter-y and slight-ly crunch-y. Mmm.

When I was in college I scraped together my pennies to buy my ramen noodles and diet coke for supper. If you thought I was going to say beer you would be mistaken. That’s what boys were for. Anyway, sometimes I would get lucky. (Get your mind out of the gutter.) I was lucky because sometimes Winn Dixie would have a sale on lemon crunch cake! This means I could afford a delightful treat. And by delightful I mean full of ingredients I can’t pronounce.

But I can easily say everything that goes into these bars. Trust me I say “butter” plenty.

These are really similar in taste in texture to the Winn Dixie cake but with a stronger butter flavor.

Are ya sold yet?

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

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R E C I P E

  • Butter (duh!) 2 sticks
  • Sugar- 2 cups
  • Eggs- 4
  • Honey- 1/3 cup
  • Self Rising Flour- 2 cups
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice- 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons (for glaze)
  • Lemon Zest- 2 tablespoons
  • Confectioners Sugar- 1 cup (for glaze)
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine your butter and sugar and mix with mixer. Then stick your finger in it and taste. Say yum.
  3. Add eggs, lemon juice, and honey. Mix until smooth. Careful of your papercuts when you’re juicing those lemons!
  4. Slowly add your self rising flour and blend until it’s well combined.
  5. Pour your batter into a lightly greased 9×13 inch pan. There should be enough butter in this that you don’t need to grease your pan but I always err on the side of lubrication.
  6. Lick the bowl if you’re not scared of raw eggs. I am so I skip this step.
  7. Bake in your 375 degree oven for 40 minutes. Start checking your cake after about 30 minutes. Do the toothpick test in the center if you are unsure.
  8. Let cool COMPLETELY. If you don’t the cake will soak up your glaze and won’t have that nice crunch to the top.
  9. After it’s COMPLETELY cool make your glaze: Stir together (with a fork) 1 cup of confectioners sugar and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
  10. Pour glaze on top of your cake and even out with the back of a spoon.
  11. Now here’s where you have to make some decisions. You can either  A. Grab a fork and dig in. B. Cut into squares, package them up and deliver to your grateful neighbors. Or C. Take your sweet little 11 week old baby to the bed and nurse him to sleep while leaving your four and two-year olds alone with the cake you just slaved over.

If you chose answer C you made a serious mistake, my friend. Please see below…

lemon bar destroyed

Before I even found what they’d done to the cake they thanked me and told me it was “dee-licous.” At least they’re polite cake theives.

 

 

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One Response to Honey Lemon Butter Crunch Bars

  1. Kerrie Osborn says:

    So I am a catching up on email today and this was a great way to start my morning! As teachers, we need all the laughs, smiles, and hugs, we can get this week to put on a smile and keep going. Thanks for helping me get through another morning of another tough day. Keep praying for Newtown, CT and teachers everywhere as we try to keep teaching the kids we love!

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