lemon ice cream bars (yea more lemon. i like lemon!)

guess you probably figured out that lemon is one of my favorite flavors. I came across this recipe while reading a magazine…..

lemon ice cream bar recipe

it looked easy enough so  I made them–and they were DELISH!

here’s the recipe: from Better Homes and Gardens

Lemon Bar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 quart container vanilla ice cream
1recipe Lemon Curd or 1 10-ounce jar (1 cup) lemon curd plus 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
 Crushed lemon candies (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil; set aside. ( I used an 8×8 square pan)

In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, lemon peel, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.

Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan. SPRAY YOUR SPOON WITH PAM! otherwise it will stick and make you very angry

lemon ice cream bars


Bake for 12 minutes or until browned. Use foil to lift cookie from pan and cool on a wire rack. Cool pan. Repeat with remaining dough.

lemon ice cream bars

Soften ice cream by placing it in a very large bowl and stirring until creamy. Add lemon curd; fold gently to swirl.

To assemble: peel foil away from cookie squares. Line the 9x9x2-inch pan with plastic wrap. Place one baked cookie square in the pan. Spread with ice cream mixture. Top with remaining cookie square.

Cover and freeze at least 4 hours or until firm. Cut into squares. Roll sides in crushed candy, if desired. Wrap individually and freeze to store.

lemon ice cream bars


(don’t you love my tablecloth???)

lemon ice cream bars

lemon ice cream bars

lemon ice cream bars

so easy! so light! so easy!

my love of lemon curd

yea baby. if you’ve had homemade lemon curd you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t–then you really need to make this.

(photo courtesy of glorious treats)

Don’t be intimidated by the eggs! You CAN make this!

I usually follow Martha Stewart’s recipe

and this is what hers always looks like

Lemon Curd

and what mine does:

lemon curd

(i improvised an ice bath)

I used it recently in a cake for my Aunt J’s 40th Birthday!

The inside of the cake looked just like Martha’s  I swear! I forgot to take pics of the night though so this is all I’ve got 😦

Here are some more desserts from the night:

aunt j cake

I’m super obsessed with rosette cakes right now.

pb choco cupcakes

peanut butter chocolate minis!

pb choco minis

40th bday cake

yuuuuummmmm. so seriously–give it a try!!! you’ll be eating it with a spoon!