12 Days of Cookies: 3 French Hens

12 Days of Cookies: 3 French Hens
Yield: 24 squares Bake 350°F 55 mins


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar
  • Blue sugar crystals

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Prepare crust: In food processor fitted with chopping blade, combine flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Add butter and vanilla, and process just until combined and mixture comes together. Press dough evenly into baking pan. Bake 25 minutes, or until golden. Cool on wire rack.

Prepare filling:

2. In small bowl, combine sugar, flour, and lemon peel. In large bowl, whisk eggs until frothy. Gently beat sugar mixture into eggs until well blended. Gradually stir in lemon juice until combined. Pour over crust and bake 35 minutes, or until top is set. Cool thoroughly on wire rack.

3. Cut into 24 squares. Cover tops with powdered sugar. Trace a template in the shape of a hen to make stencil, place on top of each square, and sprinkle with blue sugar crystals.