Lemon Cookie Bars

With the fourth of July just two days away, I’m in full-on food planning mode. I know some people will be enjoying their day off inside a cool air-conditioned room, but we’re sticking with the traditional BBQ at our neighbor’s house. I’m planning to bring a couple desserts and still working out the other details.

If you’re like me and trying to finalize plans for what to bring to your next get together, consider bringing these Lemon Cookie Bars. The lemon curd in the frosting provides a great subtle citrus flavor on top of a cookie bar base. The frosting is pretty liquidy as you can see in the pictures, so I would recommend making this a day in advance and storing them in the fridge so the frosting can set up.

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Lemon Cookie Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

For the Bars
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

For the Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup lemon curd
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp sprinkles

Directions:

For the Bars
Heat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.

Mix in egg and almond extract; stir in flour, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt until soft dough forms.
Spread dough in bottom of a greased 8×8-inch square pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown on the edges and a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the Frosting
Place cream cheese and lemon curd in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar until smooth.

Spread frosting evenly over cooled sugar cookie bars and top evenly with sprinkles. Cut into 16 bars.

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11 Responses to “Oatmeal Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    These cookies look great! Hope you feel better soon Jen!

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    Megan — January 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    These look awesome. I love chocolate and cinnamon together.

    Feel better!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Love oatmeal cookies! Hope you’re feeling better 🙂

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    Bridget — January 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Aw, I didn’t realize you hadn’t gone to the swap! What a bummer. But then at least you didn’t have to share these cookies. 😉

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    Alicia — January 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Yum. I really love the combo of chocolate and cinnamon! Glad they came out well.

    Feel better!!

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    Shannon — January 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    hope you were able to get some rest and are feeling better! we missed you, but hopefully we’ll have another chance to catch up soon. these look great, and i’ve got some cinnamon chips in my house too 😉

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    Elizabeth — January 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I’m not sure I’ve had chocolate & cinnamon together before but I bet the combination is great! And if it’s in an oatmeal cookie, you can’t really go wrong.

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    Heather Lynne — January 25, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I love cinnamon chips and put them in oatmeal cookies. I never thought of putting them in chocolate chip oatmeal cookies-they look amazing!

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    Blog is the New Black — January 25, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Jenn, these sound awesome, and I have some cinnamon chips to use!

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    We Are Not Martha — January 25, 2011 at 1:24 am

    These look wonderful! I’m sure being stuck in the house with a whole batch of them made you feel a little bit better, right? I love cookies with cinnamon chips in them!

    Sues

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    Elizabeth — January 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    These look so delicious. Getting sick on important (dessert related!) events is the absolute worst. I think another cookie swap is in your future.

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