(Chocolate Coated) Lemon Bars

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by Chris on April 30, 2012


The weekend is over, as are all the area Share Our Strength bake sales that occurred across the US. Bloggers and bakers coast to coast, San Francisco & San Diego, Miami, DC, New York City, Chicago, Little Rock, Scottsdale, and more, came together with an outpouring that was tremendous. Did you miss the one in your area?  No worries.  Go online, type in your zip code and donate online.

The Atlanta Food Blogger Bake Sale (#ATLBakeSale) set up outside the Midtown Cook’s Warehouse.  Donations came in droves as soon as the set up time struck 8AM.  With delicious treats in inviting packaging, the visitors and onlookers couldn’t resist.  And, they didn’t. Right up until 1PM cupcakes, scones, cookies, and bars left our tables.  Some didn’t get far; crumbs between the tables and the parking lot, were all that left of some items .  Even local radio personality, and huge supporter of Share Our Strength, Jenn Hobby stopped by with her husband, who happens to be my former boss.  It was wonderful to see the two again, and share goodies and stories as I was reminded how I miss working for a supportive leader.

In addition to the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cupcakes, I made several other items for the sale:  Vanilla cupcakes, Red Velvet cupcakes, Donut Muffins, Pine Nut Biscotti, and Lemon Bars.  Whenever I make lemon bars, I refer to Ina Garten.  I have yet to find an Ina recipe that didn’t rock. And, her lemon bar recipe is no exception.  Sunny and delightful, delicious.

Last week, while playing around with some recipes for the sale, I adapted Ina’s Lemon Bars into a gluten free treat for my gluten-intolerant friends.  Yup, another GF dessert.  I am starting to like the variety! The end result was equally luscious and bright with every bite. But, that wasn’t enough for me.  As I sat in rush hour traffic one evening, I had a random and, and what I think, a brilliant idea. Chocolate-covered lemon bars. Yes.  I said it!  Chocolate. Covered. Lemon. Bars.

The crunch with the tang of the lemon made my heart sing!  I think you’ll agree so I noted the how-to at the end of the recipe.

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kellypea April 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Wow! You were busy! Sounds like you did well. We raised $3000 here in San Diego — without my treats which were a total failure. Those lemon bars in chocolate look amazing. I have a total weakness for lemon bars… : /

Valerie April 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Couldn’t wait to get home to eat your lemon bar. It was delicious. Great job with the bake sale.

Kate May 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I go through “lemon dessert” phases – this would be perfect for one of those.

DessertForTwo May 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

This is my ideal dessert! I have to make this!!!!

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