I never used to be a big fan of lemon bars, or many citrus desserts for that matter. But like many people, my tastes have sure changed and expanded over the years. Now I find something simple and refreshing about the flavors in a citrus dessert. After seeing the lemon bar recipe a couple of weeks ago from The Enchanted Cook, it reminded me that I had a recipe that I had been wanting to try since last year (I also plan on trying Veronica’s recipe soon also). The thing that I loved about this recipe was the addition of the oatmeal to the crust. The oatmeal adds a wonderful chewy texture to the buttery cookie crust.I choose not to use the original recipe I had that called for the addition of the oatmeal to the crust because the lemon curd part of the dessert was made with a whole can of sweetened condensed milk. So in an effort to avoid that ingredient I found a different recipe and just added the oatmeal to the crust. So, if you already have a favorite lemon bar recipe, you could simply add oatmeal to the cookie crust and see what you think!These bars are so tangy and refreshing. They are the perfect treat to give you a little glimpse of springtime.
Cookie Crust2 cups all-purpose flour1 cup oatmeal (not instant)½ cup powdered sugar1 cup of unsalted butter, softened1 teaspoon vanilla extractLemon Filling2 cups sugar2 tablespoons cornstarch5 large eggs, lightly beaten1 tablespoon grated lemon rind¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice2 tablespoons butter, melted2 to 4 tablespoons powdered sugarPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.Combine first 5 ingredients; beat at medium speed until well blended. Pat mixture into the prepared 9×13 inch baking dish. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown.Combine 2 cups sugar and cornstarch. Add eggs and next 3 ingredients; beat well. Pour mixture over the warm crust.Return the dish to the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until set. Cool Completely then put in the refrigerator to chill completely. Sift the 2-4 tablespoons of powdered sugar on top before serving.Adapted From: Southern Living Incredible Cookies plus the addition of oatmeal to the crust