|Iced Lemon Shortbread Bars|
10 dozen bars. Whew! I thought: how can I make this process easier for me? I have an idea! Let's see if I can make jam bars with the same shortbread dough I used for the lemon bars. Guess what? You can and I did. I thought they turned out great plus my reviewers texted me saying they liked the jam bars better than the brownies they love. I followed Anna's recipe with my changes above including the zest. I substituted about 2 cups of plum jam (which I first put into a bowl and hand mixed until it was smooth) for the lemon mixture. I spread it evenly over the pre- baked crust while the crust was warm, added the streusel topping, and baked them for another 20 to 25 minutes. After completely cool, they cut like a dream!
Here is a picture of my dreamy jam bars. You can use any flavor jam. The plum jam reminds me of a garnet jewel.
|Dreamy Plum Jam Shortbread Bars|
Well, my third choice needed to have some chocolate in it because my niece would be disappointed without it. I chose an EASY Toffee Bar recipe from Allrecipes. The only changes I made were: Used a 9 x 13 pan, lined it with nonstick foil, substituted 1/2 teaspoon almond extract for the vanilla (for the party I won't use almond extract because that qualifies as a nut), and used about 5 ounces of semisweet chips and 5 ounces of butterscotch chips to melt on top of the hot crust. They were a hit with my reviewers, but they would prefer to have less butterscotch and more chocolate on the top so I would go 70% semi sweet and 30% butterscotch next time.
|Easy Chocolate Butterscotch Toffee Bars|
|Roseate Spoonbills splashing around Sanibel Island|
|More spoonbills..I am infatuated with them!|
|Great Blue Heron in front of my condo.|
|Me "roof" hopping in FM.|
Enjoy "bar" hopping!