Lemon Squares With A Kick!
Fun fact — I LOOOOVVVE sweets. Yes I know, too much sugar is bad (oh and the butter too!), but I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for sweets. Sometimes, I even like baking my own…
Now, anyone who knows me, knows I am not skilled in the kitchen. At all. But, there are a few things I can make that regularly turn out pretty well and actually taste good. One of my all-time favourite things to make are lemon squares. I love them for a few reasons:
1) They are DELICIOUS! duh…
2) They are easy to make. And when I say easy, I actually mean easy. Not like all these Pinterest recipes that say “so easy you can make it in 20 minutes”, but three hours later there I am, still in the kitchen. But like, truly easy.
Normally when I find I recipe that I like, that works, that tastes good, I leave it alone. I make it the same way pretty much every time. Boring right? Well, not today! I am giving these squares an extra kick with some cayenne pepper.
Added bonus, cayenne pepper has several health benefits, so maybe this will counteract some of the butter & sugar? Yeah, didn’t think so. Ah well, a girl can dream.
The following are the ingredients you’ll need:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 lemons, juiced
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Really, it’s only 6 ingredients, so already it’s looking pretty easy.
Once you’ve gathered all the necessary ingredients, here are the steps to preparing these wicked lemon squares:
1) Preheat the oven to 350
I’ll be honest, I sometimes forget this step until I go to put the squares in the oven. Rookie mistake. So don’t be a rookie!
2) Prepare your crust
In a medium bowl, blend together your 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup softened butter. Press this mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. Try to make sure you spread it evenly so that it all bakes evenly as well.
TIP: This works best if you use your hands!
3) Bake the crust
Once the oven is preheated, put the pan with the crust in and bake for 15-20 minutes. The timing will really depend on your individual oven, but you’ll know it’s ready once it’s firm and the edges are golden brown.
4) While the crust is in the oven, prepare the lemon mixture.
In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour and don’t forget that 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper! Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice, and then pour your mixture over the baked crust, once it’s cooled for a bit.
5) Bake the lemon squares for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
Again, this might vary a bit depending on your oven. If they still look too runny after 20 minutes, leave them in another 5 minutes or so while keeping an eye on them. Keep in mind, the bars will firm up as they cool too.
There you have it, lemon squares with a kick. You can cut them as big or as little as you want, and get creative if you’re presenting them to your friends and family. Otherwise, just enjoy!