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I’m Baaaaack!

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Wow! It has been an insanely long time since I have blogged. Life has been more than a little crazy. I accepted a new call in Missouri and we packed up and headed south. We are now (mostly) settled into our new lives in this beautiful place. I say “mostly,” anyone need a house in Council Bluffs, Iowa?????

While we are waiting for our house to sell we are renting a little townhouse so my kitchen is a bit of a downer after my previous three ovens. However, we are adjusting. But don’t expect too much from this blog until we upgrade!

So, what recipe is worth of my return post? I thought I’d share this little dandy with you today. Think the candy bar but a whole pan of them.

Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions
In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. In the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring every 30 seconds until melted until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.

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Lemon Brownies

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The season is (possibly) finally upon us for lemonade and all things outdoors. While chocolate is my one, true food love lemon is a pretty popular companion in my kitchen. And now that spring is here it is definitely a go-to flavor. I adore lemon bars but when I came across this recipe on Pinterest I was intrigued. Don’t get bogged down in the name brownie… it isn’t. But, I don’t really know what else you would call this recipe. The consistency/texture is somewhat similar to a brownie and you can’t call it a lemon bar recipe because, well, it isn’t. So we’ll stick with brownie for now.

This was my first attempt at the recipe so, in a move that is not all that normal for me, I stuck to the recipe. I’ll tweak it next time. The glaze MAKES this recipe because the base really isn’t as lemony as I would prefer. Next time, I’ll up the lemon content. Having said all that, it is definitely a recipe to keep around. It is super easy and super quick to throw together which is always a plus for a weeknight treat.

Lemon Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon packed lemon zest (from 1 lemon)

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Prepare a 9×13″ baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar & salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice & zest until combined. Mix the butter mixture into the flour mixture until well combined.

Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-35 minutes until set and just golden brown. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out mostly clean.

Let the bars cool in the pan before glazing.

For Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon packed lemon zest until smooth.

Pour over the lemon brownies and cool before serving.