Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

I make these for my dad all the time, he generally burns his tongue on them because he can't wait to taste them! I got this recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350. Mix powdered sugar and shortening. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of flour. Press in ungreased oblong pan 13x9x2 inches. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients. Spread over baked layer. Bake 20 minutes; cool. Frost with Orange Lemon Frosting if desired.
Most Helpful

5 5

Love these cookies. When I make them, people always ask for the recipe. These are a hit for cookie exchanges because they are a departure from chocolate. I don't consider the orange/lemon icing optional. The slight tang these give the cookies is perfect.

Bake the bar base just a bit longer, and then bake the whole thing just a bit more after you ice it, and it is so awesome! We call it Sidney Crack, because it is my husband's favorite cookie! He can eat half the pan in a day, so make a double batch! Will freeze well too.

5 5

When I make this same recipe which I found in an old cookbook, I frost with what I call a browned butter frosting: I heat 1/4 to 1/2 cup of butter in small saucepan over med. heat (and watching it carefully!) until it is golden brown and then I quickly add small amount (3 Tbsp.?) of cold milk to stop the butter from darkening too much. Next, I add enough SIFTED powdered sugar until the butter/milk combination is either pourable or spreadable for the top of the STILL HOT bars (the amount of milk and powdered sugar are not specific). Everyone raves about the bars/frosting combination.