lemon crunch bars 
from vanillasugarblog.com


Cook notes:
I used an 8-inch tart pan with removable bottom.
You could use another size tart pan with removable bottom.

Cookie base
9 TB unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 ts baking powder
a huge pinch of sea salt
zest of 2 lemons
juice of ½ a lemon

Icing
5 TB unsalted butter
2 TB golden syrup
3/4 cup powdered sugar
zest of 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Butter and/or spray up an 8 or 9-inch square tart pan.
You can use a stand mixer—I mixed by hand.
In a small bowl, put in the sugar, add in the lemon zest and lemon juice, mix, set aside.
In a large bowl cream the butter and the seasoned sugar until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Mix the dry ingredients into the creamed butter mixture until well combined. 
Turn the dough out onto the pan and spread it out, making sure to get into all the corners. 
It’s not a sticky dough, so this part should be relatively easy. 
The dough is a bit crumbly/dry—don’t panic.
Bake the dough for 18-20 minutes, until it’s light golden brown or if you want really crunchy then golden brown (I did somewhere in between). 
When the dough is almost done baking, make the icing by heating the butter and golden syrup over low heat in a small pan; add in the powdered sugar and lemon zest. 
Keep stirring until it’s all smooth. Take off heat.
Once the cookie dough is done baking pour the icing over the top (I used about ¾ to ½ the glaze and save the rest for a bread). 
 When smoothing out the icing try not to let it get into the edges. 
You want the edges to be seen as it gives a nice decorative appeal when it’s all cooled. 
Let this sit for at least 30 minutes to let the icing harden up/set up.
If your kitchen is hot, then pop in the fridge. 
Use a sharp knife to slice into bars or squares.