Lavender Lemon Bars
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Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
 
This lavender lemon bar has a delicious light floral, lemony flavor that will delight your senses with a taste of summer! The addition of culinary lavender, and chopped raw cranberries lends to an amazing floral note,a luscious fruit flavor, and texture giving these bars a heavenly flavor burst that makes you drool......wanting more!!
Ingredients
  • Lavender, Lemon and Cranberry crust:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened, plus more for greasing pan
  • ½ cup organic granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground culinary lavender
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups organic granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 7 Tablespoons lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
  • Sprigs of lavender, garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with aluminum foil (with a 2 inch overhang on all four sides) and grease the bottom and sides with butter.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter with sugar, culinary lavender, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix on medium-low until incorporated.
  5. Mix in the cranberries and lemon zest.
  6. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.(I pricked the bottom of the crust several times with a fork before placing it into the oven)
  7. Bake until slightly brown, about 25 minutes.
  8. For the Filling: Make while the crust is baking.
  9. Whisk together the sugar, eggs, lemon juice, flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.
  10. Pour the filling over the baked crust and continue baking until the filling sets and is slightly brown on the edges, about 25 minutes or more. (Continue cooking longer, 2-3 minutes, until filling completely sets up)
  11. Let cool completely in the pan. Use the foil edges to help lift the bars out of the baking pan.
  12. Cut into 24 or more squares and dust with confectioners' sugar and garnish with lavender sprigs! These yummy Lavender Lemon Bars are sure to be a hit at your New Years Party!
  13. (Recipe adapted from Chuck Hughes,Lemon-shortbread-cookies)
Recipe by Lavender Lady - Hood River Lavender Farm at http://lavenderfarms.net/lavender-lady/2015/01/01/happy-new-year-2015-brings-a-fresh-look-thru-a-childs-eyes/