Lemon Birthday Bars



1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup lemon curd

3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons sprinkles


To make the bar cookies, heat oven to 350˚F. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Mix in egg and almond extract; stir in flour, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt until soft dough forms. Spread dough in bottom of a greased 8×8-inch square pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes at 350˚F or until light golden brown on the edges and a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

To make the frosting, place cream cheese and lemon curd in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread frosting evenly over cooled sugar cookie bars and top evenly with sprinkles. Cut into 16 bars.