Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tea Party and Lemon Squares

I had the tea party this weekend that I made invitations for earlier and it was lovely!  I didn't get any good photos of the setup for the party but since I kind of collect teapots (since I keep making them and don't give them all away), it worked out really well.  I wanted the party to feel like spring so I made more spring flower and animal themed sugar cookies (using my regular icing recipe this time), and we had blueberry muffins, fruit salad, cucumber tea sandwiches and hummus tea sandwiches, and lemon squares.

The lemon squares are, like the sugar cookies, from my family recipe, and they were really yummy as usual.  I actually cooked them a bit less than usual accidentally and they were less fully set but still light and delicious with a fresh lemon taste.

Lemon Squares

For shortbread crust:
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 cups flour
For lemon layer:
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 tablespoons flour (1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon)
  • Juice of 2 lemons (5-6 tablespoons)
  • confectioner's sugar to sprinkle on top
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 pan.  Mix together ingredients for shortbread crust until combined and dump mixture into the greased pan and pat into an even layer.  Bake 20 minutes.

Mix together ingredients for lemon layer and pour over crust.  Bake for another 25 minutes or slightly more, until edges are brown and top is beginning to slightly brown.  Remove from oven and lightly sprinkle confectioner's sugar on top (I use a sieve to evenly distribute it).  Let cool, cut into squares and serve.


  1. Oh my goodness! Those cookies are darling. :) Can I come to your next tea party?

  2. Yum! Those squirrel cookies crack me up! One of these days I'm going to have to try some of that fancy cookie decorating with the squeeze bottles and flood icing. Your cookies always look so delicious!

  3. Hi Kate! I just love seeing all of the baking you've been doing lately-- those cookies look amazing! Is it time consuming to do that kind of detailed frosting? I also love afternoon tea, or any sort of tea party-- one more thing we have in common!

  4. I like the combination of colors. The design and shapes were perfect!

  5. Your bake cookie is very lovely. You really had an amazing design strategy.


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