I decided to go with lemon bars. Seemed easy enough and there was little room for errors. I made half the recipe and used an 8 inch square baking pan. The cooking time for the crust I increased by a couple of minutes. I am also a fan of lemony goodness so I kept the amount of zest at 1 tablespoon. Writing this, I am starting to see why I suck at baking. With cooking, you can add a dash of this and substitute with that. Baking is very precise. I'm pretty sure it's my alterations that get me into trouble.
So the lemon bars turned out very thin but quite delicious. They weren't going to win any beauty contests but good enough to take over to the dinner party. And for my baking skills, that's a step forward.