Spring has officially sprung! When spring comes, flowers come to bloom. In honor of spring officially making its way in, I decided to make some lavender lemon bars.
Lavender? Often times, lavender has a very floral and soapy scent to it. I have a love affair with Young Living essential oils. Yes, I am an oily addict and happen to also be a distributor. Young Living incorporated their vitality line of essential oils. They have wide range of oils that can be used to cook with. From orange to peppermint to lavender, they have it. So with this recipe, I decided to use the lavender vitality oil. Do not let the floral or soapy scent scare you. The lavender oil actually has a sweet taste to it with a floral note. When the lavender and lemons are combined, you have an amazing combination of flavors.
Serving size: up to 10 people Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 50 minutes.
For the Shortbread Crust:
- 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup of room temperature butter (2 sticks)
- 1/2 Cup of confectioner’s sugar
- 1/2 Tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 Tsp of salt
For the Lemon Filling:
- 4 Large eggs
- 2 Large egg yolks
- 2 Cups of white sugar
- 4 Tbsp of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 Cup of lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp of grated fresh lemon zest
- 2 Tsp of confectioner’s sugar, or to taste
- 8-10 drops of Lavender essential oil
Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Lightly oil 8×8-inch baking dish.
Place flour and butter in a mixing bowl and mash together until both are thoroughly combined. Mix in confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mash everything together until everything is combined.
Wet fingers lightly with some water and press dough into bottom of baking dish. When dough is pressed into dish, use a fork to poke holes throughout dough. Bake crust for 22 minutes.
For lemon filling, start out beating eggs and yolks together in a bowl. Whisk in sugar and flour until filling is smooth. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, and drops of lavender essential oil. Once crust is ready, pour lemon filling over crust.
Bake for 25 minutes until filling is set. Allow lavender lemon bars to completely cool prior to cutting. Dust bars with confectioner’s sugar.
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