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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lemon Brownies

If you asked me today what my favorite treat was...I would tell you THESE Lemon Brownies
have BEAT everything out...I ADORE THEM! I made one pan (9x13) and in a matter of 1 hour (yes, you heard that correctly, 1 hour)...THEY were gone and everyone was wondering 
WHERE they had all gone...NO I DIDN'T EAT THEM ALL....EVERYONE took credit for
their contribution to the eating fest...BUT THEY also wanted to know where there 
were more of them (as if I had hidden them...somewhere, which I didn't, but should have). NEXT time
I will make 2 pans of them...and YES, I will most likely hoard a few and hid them JUST for ME!
If you like lemon...you will LOOOOOVVVEEEE these!!

Lemon Brownies
1 c. butter (real stuff), softened
1 1/2 c. flour
4 eggs
4 T lemon zest + 4 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
yellow food coloring (enough to make the dough yellow)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray, set aside. Zest and juice 2-3 lemons (amount depends on size), set aside. IN a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and softened butter until combined. In a seperate bowl combine eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest. Whisk together. Pour into flour mixture, beat for 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Pour into prepared pan, bake for 27 minutes or until edges are golden brown. *The middle doesn't quite seem done at this point, but it IS..don't let it fool you. Watch them closely, if you cook them too long, they will be dry and won't taste good!

Cool completely. Top with frosting (recipe below).

Lemon Frosting:
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk
1/3 c. shortening
1 t. vanilla
2 T. FRESH lemon juice (yes, you'll probably use 1-2 lemons for this)
yellow food coloring (enough to make frosting desired color of yellow)

Mix all ingredients together until frosting is fluffy. Spread onto COOLED brownies. Cut and ENJOY your heart out!!!
**Food coloring IS optional and doesn't change the taste, texture or yumminess of these fabulous brownies, IF you choose NOT to use it!

Julie~

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