Creamy Lemon Squares

351  Ratings
  • 25 min prep
  • 3 hr 23 min total
  • Makes 16 servings.

Lemon, show us your sunny pop of color. And while you're at it, your intense burst of flavor. Where would we, and these better-for-you creamy squares, be without you?

Creamy Lemon Squares Recipe

Ingredients

  • 20 Reduced Fat NILLA Wafers, finely crushed (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold margarine
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon zest, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Heat  oven to 350ºF.
  • Line  8-inch square pan with foil. Mix first 3 ingredients 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. Cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and remaining zest before serving.

Recipe Tips

SubstituteSubstitute 1 Tbsp. each lemon, lime and orange zest for the 3 Tbsp. lemon zest.

NoteFor a softer crust, reduce the crust baking time from 15 min. to 5 min.

NoteYou should get about 1 Tbsp. zest and 2 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 16 servings.
  • Generally Nutritious
  • Low Sodium
  • Diabetes Center

Carb Choices

1-1/2

Diet Exchange

1-1/2 Starch,1 Fat

Nutrition Notes

You'd never guess that this great-tasting version of a classic dessert is made with better-for-you products and can fit into your healthful eating plan.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 170 
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Saturated fat 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol 35 mg
  • Sodium 130 mg
  • Carbohydrate 25 g
  • Dietary fiber 0 g
  • Sugars 18 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Vitamin A 6 %DV
  • Vitamin C 2 %DV
  • Calcium 2 %DV
  • Iron 4 %DV

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