Creamy Lemon Squares
|Reduced fat vanilla wafers||20 , finely crushed to about 3/4 cup|
|Flour||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Packed brown sugar||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Cold margarine||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Cream cheese||8 Ounce, softened (1 Package, Neufchatel Cheese)|
|Granulated sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Lemon zest||3 Tablespoon (Divided)|
|Fresh lemon juice||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1⁄4 Teaspoon (Calumet)|
|Powdered sugar||2 Teaspoon|
Heat oven to 350ºF.
Line 8-inch square pan with foil.
Mix wafer crumbs, 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar in medium bowl.
Cut in margarine with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; press onto bottom of prepared pan.
Bake 15 min.
Beat Neufchatel and granulated sugar with mixer until well blended.
Add eggs and 2 Tbsp. flour; mix well.
Blend in 1 Tbsp. zest, juice and baking powder; pour over crust.
Bake 25 to 28 min. or until center is set.
Refrigerate 2 hours.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and remaining zest before serving.
- Substitute 1 Tbsp. each lemon, lime and orange zest for the 3 Tbsp. lemon zest.
- For a softer crust, reduce the crust baking time from 15 min. to 5 min.
- You should get about 1 Tbsp. zest and 2 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon.
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11 g17%
Saturated Fat 4 g19.8%
Trans Fat 1.2 g
Cholesterol 35.7 mg11.9%
Sodium 125.5 mg5.2%
Total Carbohydrates 52 g17.3%
Dietary Fiber 0.94 g3.8%
Sugars 33.8 g
Protein 3 g6.6%
Vitamin A 6.5% Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 3% Iron 7.3%
*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet