The pros: Trader Joe’s Lemon Shortbread Bar Mix makes for a pleasant and lemony dessert which has a nice contrast between the shortbread cookie and the soft lemony filling.
The cons: Seriously, I don’t understand why Trader Joe’s hasn’t rolled out a no bake bar for the summer months. The thought of turning on the oven isn’t that appealing during the summer months. There were a few things unclear in the directions.
I love citrus flavors. In the summertime, I like them best in drinks. I like them in baked good too. But I like them least in baked goods that I require me to turn on my oven.
But this product hit the shelves, it went right into my cart and yes, my oven ended up being turned on in August. So my first complaint is as follows: there should a no bake bar for the summer months. No excuses.
Now, whenever I have picked up something that requires prep work I need to know if the directions are correct. And the directions need a little bit of work and revision.
The first step is assembling the shortbread. Butter and crust mix. My butter was room temperature. That’s what I define as softened. Had it been melted there would have been a chance it would form into a dough.
If it is just softened it looks like a pie crust before the addition of ice water. It won’t be a dough until that bit of hydration comes in. So I pressed it into my pan in all of its powdery glory. And docking it, or the pricking of a fork on such a flaky item didn’t work. So I went forward anyways.
At this point, those were the only flaws I found. Otherwise, what came out of the oven after adding the sugary lemon egg mixture was quite pleasant and delicious. I wouldn’t recommend using anything other than fresh lemons.
I don’t own an 8 x 8 inch square pan. But simple math says the area of a 9 inch round pan is pretty darn close in size. Yes, middle school math came in handy on this one if you find yourself in the same situation.
But what finally came out of the oven was a treat that was full of lemon flavor. It was sweet and slightly tart. The shortbread cookie holds the lemon filling well.
If you add powdered sugar, then do so before serving as anything I added the night before had vanished in the magical way that powdered sugar always seems to.
For $2.99 it’s not a bad mix to pick up and use when turning on your oven sounds like a good idea. My husband liked these and I did too.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe’s Lemon Shortbread Bar Mix:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
I used my pizza cutter to slice into these bars:
A closer look at the slices:
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe’s Lemon Shortbread Bar Mix was worth a try, but with pumpkin season around the corner I’m not sure I’ll be buying this again. Honestly, the Maple Pecan Bar was my favorite and I hope it will be back.
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