You’ll remember these beauties from this post: https://thislittlelight516.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/a-smile-a-sigh-and-a-laugh/
I told you then that I smelt a tutorial, and though it’s not Tuesday, I’m bringing you a “how to” with “How to impress your family and friends with a delicious dessert, sans blood, sweat, and tears.”
Woo! That was a mouthful.
Cooking is one of those métiers I forget how much I like, until I am actually doing it. Then I burn something, and it all comes back to me. Oh, yes . . . that’s right; I’m not all that good at it; however, pastries, desserts, baked dessert of any kind are my specialty. So, I leave the extraordinary culinary feats to Mr. Michael Olsen, and I, wielding a rubber spatula and lots and lots of amiable butter, handle the dessert. And you know what? I’m good with that.
Last weekend, we had a fun event. I suppose I should back up a bit. So, a couple months back, our friends, Aaron and Tiana (yes, just like the Princess.), invited us over to Aaron’s parent’s house for his birthday. And, after getting to know his parents, I got those familiar little flutters in my stomach. I just knew; my parents were gonna love ’em! Does that ever happen to you? You meet someone and think “so and so would just love this person!”. In fact, wasn’t it only a month or so ago that I matched up Rich (brainsnorts) and Michael (The Blissful Adventurer)? I must say, it turned out better than expected. Well, I guess that depends on your perspective. A lit match and gunpowder — those two are trouble! If writing doesn’t pan out, I’m thinking of soliciting my uncanny gift and expert services to the mass public. What do you think?
So, with all the jubilation of a jewish mother planning her only son’s Bar Mitzvah, I rubbed my palms together, and began dreaming (scheming) up a perfect first-date. Good thing all parties were up for a party. Not more than a few weeks later, we convened down at my parent’s house in Dana Point, and folks, let me tell you . . . it was a hit! And it’s all thanks to my oatmeal-lemon creme bars. 🙂 That’s not true. But they didn’t hurt the festivities, either.
We ate pizza. We drank expensive wine. We played cards. We laughed. And we drank expensive wine. Oh, did I already mention that? Well, there was a lot of wine. If any of you out there are winos, I think you’ll probably understand. It’s not a passion I’ve espoused, being one who has not developed a taste for tannic beverages, but I get it. I contented myself with a nice, cold beer, and was happy as a breaded chicken-strip (I don’t like clams).
Before we move on to the recipe, I have to ask: any of you heard of the card-game “Oh, Hell” ? Since the age of 5, my family and I routinely played this after the dishes were washed and stomachs were full. Talk about a wonderfully frustrating game. It’s a little poker, a little strategy, and a lot of luck. Explaining the ins and outs of this game is an entirely new post, one I just don’t have the energy for right now. I’m sure Google offers instructions, however, if you’re interested.
I went home last Saturday night with aching sides and throbbing cheeks. I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed for four hours straight. It was like being one-tenth of verbal ping-pong match, everybody feeding off everybody else’s zingers. It went on like that all. night. long. My parents have these friends that, honestly, I’ve fallen in love with. Lenny and Ellen. Lenny’s a dry-humored Asian, Ellen’s an adorably, but painfully honest Mexican. The mix is sublime. Sometimes God just makes really cool people, you know? You’re drawn to something about them; maybe you don’t even know what it is, but you don’t care because they are just that awesome. That’s Lenny and Ellen. So, the ten of us gathered around the table and partook in something exceptional: life.
I highly recommend it.
So, if you want a guaranteed good-time, skip the 1-800 numbers, and give these oatmeal-lemon creme bars bars a try! They’re even first-date proof.
I snatched up this recipe from Maria, over at justcallmemaria.blogspot.com. She has plenty of other delicious recipes to try, so stop on by when you have a moment.
1/2 cup cold butter
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® oatmeal cookie mix
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Spray the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with non stick spray.
3) In a large bowl cut the cold butter into the cookie mix with a fork or pastry blender.
4) Stir in the egg until the mixture is crumbly.
. . . Pretty lemons.
5) Press half of the dough into the bottom of the greased pan and bake it in the oven for 15 minutes. (I forgot to take a picture of this step; my apologies.)
6) In a small bowl mix the sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice until thick and combined.
7) Spread lemon mixture over baked crust and evenly crumble remaining dough on the top.
8) Bake another 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let cool and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.
9) Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.
10) Serve ’em up with a smile!
Have a blessed day, everyone!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with non stick spray.
- In a large bowl cut the cold butter into the cookie mix with a fork or pastry blender.
- Stir in the egg until the mixture is crumbly.
- Press half of the dough into the bottom of the greased pan and bake it in the oven for 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl mix the sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice until thick and combined.
- Spread lemon mixture over baked crust and evenly crumble remaining dough on the top.
- Bake another 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let cool and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set. Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 8×11 pan.
- In a large bowl mix the butter and brown sugar until they are well combined.
- In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Add oats and dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix to combine.
- Press half of the oat mixture into pan. In a small bowl mix together sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Spread evenly on top of the oat mixture in the pan. Top with the remaining oat mixture.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let cool and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set. Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.