March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women throughout history. One way to honor the women in your life is to bake them something special. Whether it’s your mother, grandmother, sister, or friend, a homemade treat is a heartfelt way to show your appreciation.
Here are a few recipe ideas that are perfect for celebrating Women’s History Month:
Lemon Bars are delicious and tangy treats that are easy to make, and perfect for spring!
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup powdered sugar
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
-2 large eggs
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
-2 teaspoons lemon zest
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-Powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, powdered sugar, and butter until a crumbly mixture forms.
Press the mixture into an 8×8 inch baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
While the crust is baking, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and baking powder.
Pour the lemon mixture over the baked crust and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set.
Allow the lemon bars to cool to room temperature and then dust with powdered sugar.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Who doesn’t love a classic chocolate chip cookie? This recipe is sure to please.
-2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 cup unsalted butter, softened
-3/4 cup granulated sugar
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-2 large eggs
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 375°F.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Stir in the vanilla extract.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Honoring the Women in Your Life
Once you’ve baked your treats, consider how you can honor the important women in your life. Make this a group of family activity by inviting others to join you. Here are a few ideas you might consider:
Deliver your baked goods in person, if possible. Take the time to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee together while you chat and catch up.
If you can’t deliver your baked goods in person, consider shipping them to your loved ones. This is a great way to show that you’re thinking of them even if you can’t be there in person.
Include a handwritten note with your baked goods. Express your gratitude for the woman in your life and let her know how much you appreciate her.
If you’re feeling crafty, consider making a special container for your baked goods. This could be as simple as wrapping them in a pretty piece of fabric or as elaborate as making a custom gift basket.
More information from HBA
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