Recipe by MarielC
I would not be allowed at the family Christmas party if I didn't make these. Super easy, inexpensive and delicious. Cut into small or large bars. For a cookie tray small bars are best, cut nine bars across by nine bars down. The filling must be added to the hot crust – do not let the crust cool. Make sure to use a 9 inch pan (not an 8 inch). Also good when made with limes.
Top Review by andergib
I cannot believe that I have found this long lost recipe!! I am 50 yrs old and made this recipe all the time when I was a kid (it was sort of "my" thing for family potlucks). I lost the recipe many years ago but couldn't remember the EXACT ingrediants until I found it here! I am sooooooooo happy! I am going to whip up a batch tonight for my kids!
- 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour (4 ounces)
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups Rice Chex
- 1⁄2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, from 2 large lemons
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 to 2 lemons)
Directions See How It's Made
- For the crust:.
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F Generously butter a 9 inch baking dish or for less mess and easier cutting, line the pan with parchment paper sling with an overhang.
- Make crust (by hand or use a food processor):.
- By hand: Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Crush Rice Chex to about 1/2 cup of crumbs and add to other dry ingredients. Cut in butter using a pastry blender, a fork or two knives until butter is incorporated and the mixture has fine crumbs.
- By food processor: Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into food processor bowl with chopping blade. Add Rice Chex cereal. Run processor until cereal is crushed into fine crumbs. Add butter pieces and pulse until butter is incorporated but mixture has fine crumbs and still looks floury. Make sure to pulse, do not over process, about 10 one second pulses should be enough.
- Press mixture firmly and evenly into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes, just until it's beginning to take on some color. Do not over bake.
- While crust is baking prepare filling:.
- Combine all filling ingredients, sifting in the dry ingredients. Mix until well blended. Pour over hot base as soon as the base is finished baking. Return to oven for 15-20 minutes, until top is set and just beginning to brown. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Dust heavily with confectioner’s sugar. If your used parchment paper, simply lift out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Cut into bars - for cookie trays cut 1 inch bars, for dessert cut larger bars.