This past weekend we discovered a fun new family game…jelly bean roulette! It was after dinner, we were watching TV and I had a craving for something sweet & fruity! All I could find in the kitchen was an unopened bag of Gimbal’s Gourmet Jelly Beans leftover from Easter (Ha! Don’t judge!) So I opened them up and dumped them into a big shallow bowl so we could easily distinguish between all the flavors. The bag had one of those guides on the back where you can figure out that the transparent green one with the dark green spots is the “Baja Margarita” flavor and the opaque green one with the dark green spots is the “Perfectly Pear” flavor. Ha! Reading glasses anyone? So the game went like this: One family member closes his eyes and opens his mouth. The other family members conspire to pick the strangest jelly bean flavor to pop into the victims mouth at which time they have to determine what the mystery flavor is by savoring the jelly bean and looking at the guide on the package. The “Buttered Popcorn, Honey, Toasted Marshmallow and Tiramisu” flavors were big stumpers! My favorite flavors were “Lemon Meringue, Key Lime, Tangerine and Mango.” After too many rounds of jelly bean roulette, shame set in and we disposed of the evidence.
Those mango and citrus jelly beans must have triggered something in my taste buds, because all I could think about making this week was a perfect batch of citrus-y bars!
Lemon Brownies w/ Macadamia Nuts & White Chocolate Chips:
These Lemon Brownies come from a recipe I created for an herbal tea contest. I used highly concentrated lemon herbal tea to flavor the lemon brownies. I wondered how they would taste with lemon juice and some lemon extract instead of the tea. I made both versions and the real lemon brownies won out for their clean, fresh lemony flavor. I hope you will find them better than fine!! ( ;
Gather your ingredients and take the time to line your pan with a double layer of some foil or parchment. I made the mistake of using flimsy waxed paper and not greasing the pan well enough and I had to wrestle them out of the pan.
Mix the Batter:
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs. Mix in your dry ingredients. Stir in the nuts and chips. Spread in pan and bake!
Glaze & Sprinkle!
Mix the confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest for the glaze. Prick the hot brownies with a fork. Spread the glaze over the top and sprinkle with the remaining macadamia nuts. Let cool completely before removing from pan and cutting. I like to use my electric knife to cut bars with nuts in them. It makes a cleaner cut.
Thanks for spending some time in the cloud with me!
I hope you like the recipe! Tina ( :
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Lemon Brownies w/ Macadamia Nuts & White Chocolate Chips
- non-stick baking spray
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks, softened)
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest divided
- 4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract (look for "pure" or natural)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup dry roasted salted macadamia nuts chopped, divided
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan: Spray with nonstick baking spray and if desired, line with a double layer of foil or parchment paper cut to fit and extended past top of pan – fold over edge of pan.
- Spray the foil/parchment with additional non-stick spray (This will allow you to remove the brownies from the pan when cool for easy cutting.)
- In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with mixer.
- Add eggs one at a time and mix until just incorporated.
- Add 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and lemon extract.
- Stir the flour and salt together in a small bowl and add to wet ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.
- Stir in white chocolate chips and ½ cup of the macadamia nuts.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Baking time may vary based on your oven.)
- While baking, make glaze: In small bowl, stir together confectioner's sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and remaining 1 teaspoon lemon zest.
- Remove brownies from oven and prick evenly 25 times with a fork. Spread glaze over hot brownies and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup macadamia nuts.
- Allow to cool completely. Use overhanging foil/parchment to lift out of pan to large cutting board and cut into 24 squares. (I use my electric knife to cut really neat bars.)