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Carolina Kitchen: Lemon Crunch Bars

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Carolina Kitchen: Lemon Crunch Bars

by The Dining Diva, Chef Molly Fowler

by The Dining Diva, Chef Molly Fowler

Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2CupsAll-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 TbspUnsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup uncooked regular rolled oats (not quick-cook or instant)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a 9 X 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper (or grease and flour).
  3. In a bowl, combine the condensed milk, lemon juice, zest, vanilla, and stir until smooth.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Stir in the oatmeal.
  6. The mixture should be crumbly. If not, refrigerate for about 15 minutes. Pat half of the crumb mixture over the bottom of the pan.
  7. Top with the milk mixture.
  8. Evenly distribute the remaining crumbs over the top gently pat down.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Cool and cut into square to serve.
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