A couple of weeks ago one of my favorite bloggers, Natalie from The Sweets Life, posted about thanking people with food. As in, when someone does a favor for you, you say ‘thank you’ with cookies. Or brownies. Or Muffins. You get the idea. I’m definitely on board with this gesture, and I more often than not bake goodies for people when I owe them a thank you. Since Marc’s parents are watching Maddie all week while we are on vacation, and our sister-in-law woke up way before anyone should have to wake up to take us to the airport for our trip, I decided thank you-baked goods were in order. (side note: have I mentioned how awesome the family I married into is?!)
The problem with making these bars to share is that Marc and I both wanted to keep them for ourselves. They’re the kind of dessert that you keep cutting a little slice off, then another, and then another. They’re addicting, I tell ya. Not exactly the best problem to have when I was 1 day away from wearing a bikini, so I forced the knife away from yet another sliver, and packaged them up. You can’t say ‘thank you’ with just 1 piece of a dessert!
I’m always a fan of crumb-topped desserts so I loved the fact that these had the crumb topping and crust. The creamy filling is made simply of sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. I found it perfectly lemon-flavored – not too overwhelming but just enough to complement the crumb crust and topping. These are a great spring and summer dessert – light, lemony, and delicious!