Lovely Lemon Bars (and Gluten-Free)

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Here’s a quick & easy recipe with a bright lemon punch (scroll down for gluten-free adjustments and a delicious cinnamon-almond version):

Preheat oven to 350 and line an 8×8 baking pan with foil

Cream l stick unsalted butter with l cup sugar

Add 2 eggs, beating well

Add 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice & zest from half a lemon

Add 1/4 tsp salt, 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup almond meal.

Bake for 25 minutes until slightly browned.Remove from oven and glaze with:

1/2 cup confectioners sugar mixed with 1 Tbsp lemon juice & zest from half a lemon.

Cool completely, remove from pan, & cut into squares. Serve with a cup of tea, then make another batch – they won’t last long!! p.s. I like to use organic lemons

GLUTEN-FREE VERSION (JUST AS DELICIOUS!): Instead of the flour and almond meal, use the following:

1/3 cup self-rising cornmeal (not mix)

1/3 cup millet flour

1/3 cup almond meal

1/4 tsp xanthan gum

CINNAMON/ALMOND VARIATION:  Same as above except add 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp almond extract, and 1/2 tsp baking powder to batter. Sprinkle top with sliced almonds before baking.  Glaze with 1/4 c granulated sugar mixed with 1 Tsp juice & zest from half a lemon,  1/8 tsp cinnamon & 1/4 tsp almond extract.

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