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Holiday recipe: I made up a new cookie bar! - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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Holiday recipe: I made up a new cookie bar!
Or should I say - a fast, easier way to make a nifty lemon bar cookie? See, I love Lorna Doone cookies, lemon curd and cream cheese - so it just made sense to put them together today - especially since I had all three and all three were perilously close to their expiration dates - in fact, I'd forgotten I even had the cookies and found them while trying to dig out my special Christmas hot chocolate mug. I only wish my camera worked so you could see them! Yes, I'm unabashedly proud of my creation *cackles like Doctor Frankenstein*. :)

Unfortunately - I can't be totally precise as I made this up as I went along - but basically, here it goes:

I smashed the cookies (all the cookies in a regular package) in a ziplock bag until they resembled graham crackers that have been smashed for a crust. I poured them into my 'cookie bar' pan (a 9x13 non-stick pan) and then melted a stick of butter (unsalted - always unsalted).

Because I wasn't sure how thirsty the cookie crust would be, I added the melted butter in stops and starts until I felt the 'crust' could be easily pressed into the pan, slightly up the sides and about 1/2 in. thick (I ended up using all the melted butter), while still holding together nicely. I then baked it at 350* for 8-10 minutes (same rule as for a graham cracker crust but check a couple of times).

While the crust baked,  I started on the two filings I'd decided upon:

Filing #1: I spooned out half the lemon curd (Robert Rothchild Farms brand, the 10.5 oz jar) into my mixer, added half a container of 'room temp' whipped cream cheese and then - don't laugh - but for a bit of sweetness,  I squirted (twice) whipped cream in (as in the 'heavy' kind in a can - hey, I already had it for my hot chocolate! *G*). I mixed it all on low just until combined and a very very pale yellow. I tasted it at this point - and it was, for my palate, perfect. Not too sweet and just the right amount of tang and thickness. 

Filing #2: Once the crust was out and cooled, I spread the rest of the curd from the jar over the cookie crust.

Now I topped it with filing #1; the curd/cream cheese/whipped cream mixture and popped the whole thing into the fridge to cool and - one hour later - meaning 15 minutes before writing this - I took it out, cut it into bar size pieces and tasted it. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.

My taste buds are in heaven. It was just tart enough, sweet enough and crunchy enough. Using Lorna Doones as a weird kind of shortbread crust really worked (and let's face it - tons easier than making a shortbread crust from scratch and I'm all for that nowadays). Next time, should I ever have these ingredients again, I may add nuts - maybe pecans? Or better still...Macadamia nuts? *nods*

Gee. I may have to eat this whole thing - should last through the weekend. :) Yummo.

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caarianna From: caarianna Date: December 8th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yum! LOL, should there be a next time, I'd vote for pecans! :)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 11th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Pecans it shall be

maybe for NY?
caarianna From: caarianna Date: December 11th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Pecans it shall be

LOL, sounds like a great plan!!!!
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alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 11th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Just so you know

For you, no caroling required, just knock! :)
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: December 11th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
My mouth is watering at this. I love lemon bars, & this sounds better than the box mix I buy. though I would never actually have lemon curd in my refrigerator. And I don't own a mixer--tho I almost bought a snazzy hand mixer last night til I discovered the sale ad I was looking at had special purchase times. I could spend 20 bucks, not 55.

But I digress.

Macadamia nuts would be totally yummy, wish they weren't so pricey.

Why unsalted butter? I'm sure there's a baker-y chemical reason to it.

Now I have to buy Lorna Doones at my next shopping trip, you've made me crave. I wonder how they would taste dipped in my lemon yogurt?

In unrelated topics:
Did you see the news that The Nate Berkus Show will end after this season? I'm so bummed, I find his show relaxing & love how he focuses on living well on a budget. And I really like him.
http://news.yahoo.com/nate-berkus-show-not-returning-third-season-235659438.html

alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 12th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

OMG

I'm DEVASTATED about Nate! I never miss it and can't believe it. Everyone I know watches it. Damn. I know I'm a pessimist but it seems the tv watching public can handle Ellen, but still, a gay guy - hosting his own show - a no go. But again, I'm a pessimist and I really hope that's not the reason, and by that, I hope it's not the reason folks tuned out. In my area, he's opposite two of Oprah's other guys, Dr. Phil on CBS and Dr. Oz on ABC. I know Oz is hitting it out of the ball park but I don't know how Phil is doing. I also know that in many areas of the country, Nate's show is all over the place and hard to find so maybe that's why.

The show I'm really worried about is Castle. H50 is now lengths ahead of it in the ratings (Castle isn't getting ANY help from ABC as far as lead-in shows). Thankfully, it must be doing something somewhere because ABC actually ordered an *extra* episode for this season, so instead of the usual - is it 22 or 23 for a full season? - anyway, which ever it is, Castle will have one more. I'll take that as a good sign? But man, I'm going to miss Nate. Maybe he'll move to HGTV. I know he won't go to OWN since it's not doing well at all. :(
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: December 12th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: OMG

Nate's show is on at 8am here, so the only real competition is the morning shows & maybe Regis & Kelly (i'm not sure when thats on). His show is the only morning show I watch & dvr every day. I find Rachael annoying & only watch if someone I really, really like is on. I know it never caught on in the ratings, and I do have to say that the second season has been a lot more consistent than some of the first season. I think with a few tweaks he would be a good fit for HGTV, certainly better than a lot of the dreck they call shows now, but they seem to prefer sticking with their own stable of talent. Sigh. At least we have the rest of the season.

I watch all of my ABC shows On-Demand (castle, once upon a time, revenge) but I have noticed the serious lack of promotions for Castle. (meanwhile I've seen endless Muppets ads). I didn't realize it was doing poorly in the ratings.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: December 13th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: OMG

It's not so much that Castle is doing poorly - it's just no longer a real race between it and H50, which is doing much better this season (evidently producers who think their show is broken when we don't - are right - hence the addition of the new female character, damn it). BUT Castle IS beating Brian Williams on NBC - and isn't it typical of NBC to put a NEWS show on opposite two of the most contested shows? The idiots (because I LOVE Brian and also watch Rock Center on My Primetime). I think Castle will survive but if ABC were smart, they'd put Castle and Body of Proof together on the same night. *nods sagely*

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