Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lemon-Pecan Cranberry Squares

Lemon-Pecan Cranberry Squares

Hi everybody

I'm taking a break from my sourdough baking to do another recipe.  Pucker-up y'all because this recipe is all about the lemon.  Lemon in the crust, lemon in the filling, and lemon in the glaze! And the best part about this is I'm using Meyer Lemons! Here's what I did...

LEMON-PECAN CRANBERRY SQUARES slightly adapted Southern Living 1989 Annual Recipes
1st. layer:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashion oatmeal
1/3 cup brown sugar
teaspoon grated lemon rind, 
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2nd. layer:
1 cup flaked coconut

2 teaspoon lemon rind 
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar (not shown)
Juice of 1 lemon  (since it a Meyer Lemons , I only use 1/2 of lemon)

Combine flour, brown sugar, oatmeal and 1 teaspoon lemon rind in a mixing bowl.
Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. 
Press firmly and evenly into an ungreased 13- x 9- x 2 inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

Sprinkle coconut over baked layer; set aside.
Combine condensed milk and remaining 2 teaspoons lemon rind; drizzle evenly over coconut. 

Sprinkle pecans and cranberries/craisins on top, pressing down slightly.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and glaze. For the glaze; blend well and spread over cooled cookies Cut into squares. Yield: 3 1/2 dozen.
The Taste: I love the taste of lemony buttery oatmeal cookies, and these are really delicious with the craisins and coconut for a nice festive look. This is one of my favorite combination, so it is definitely a REPEAT!

ENJOY! Come again...

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  1. Hi Cindy,
    Your Lemon Pecan Cranberry Squares look delicious, we will just love them. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. These look wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

  3. These sound so yummy! I love the contrast of the cranberries and the lemon, and you really can't go wrong with pecans. I've pinned this lovely recipe. Thank you for sharing it with The Gallery of Favorites.

  4. What a delicious combination of flavors! Thanks for sharing this with the Gallery of Favorites. I have pinned it to my dessert board.