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Yields:
16 servings
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Meal Types:
Breads & Baked Products
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Snacks
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Zesty Lemon Bars

A zesty lemon square on a shortbread type crust with reduced amounts of butter and sugar to reduce the calories.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Spray 8" x 8" baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix 1 cup of the flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, and salt in bowl until well combined. Cut the butter into flour mixture until a crumbly dough forms.
  3. Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake until lightly golden (about 10-12 minutes). Cool crust completely.
  4. Whisk egg, egg white, and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar in bowl until combined. Grate zest and squeeze juice from lemon and add to egg mixture. Add baking powder and remaining 3 tablespoons of flour. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour liquid mixture over cooled crust.
  6. Bake until set and lightly browned on edges. This will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Cool completely and dust top with powdered sugar and cut into 16 squares.
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When eating these lemon bars the flavor of lemon and shortbread meld together and separate for a very appealing flavor sensation. Something that a whole family can enjoy together!
09 Mar 10 by member: tricka
Very good, but I wanted more lemon flavor. Next time I'm going to try with 2 lemons.
16 May 10 by member: KelseyRenae
Very nice, makes a great snack when you just can't stand not having a sweet.
17 Aug 10 by member: treegopher
Sweet and zesty! Recipe calls for one lemon, but after reading the comments, I used 1-1/2 large lemons. The lemon flavor was great. My finished product looked different from the photo; mine had a much thinner layer of filling. I wonder about doubling the topping? I wonder how many calories it would add?
28 Sep 10 by member: TRT
I used 2 lemons as well - end product tasted great, but same as other reviewer - didn't look as nice as the photo...
11 Nov 10 by member: Mel1982
not good, could onlt eat one. threw the rest away. They were mushy
I made this but it didn't turn out well... the crust tasted yuck... i thinkit was me more than the recipe... Maybe ill try it again soon!
03 Mar 11 by member: amberketchum
Substituted sugar with Splenda, then the wife told me about “baking Splenda” oops. Also replaced the eggs with egg substitute. Still, a great recipe. Have yet to make it when the crust hasn’t just been dry and unformed, don’t know why it is always “powdery”.
03 May 11 by member: NYShooterGuy
used a baking pan that was about 12X8, or something of those dimensions. made very skinny ones. they're a great bite size treat thats both chewy, crunchy, lemony and short-bread like!
27 Oct 11 by member: HeyItsNathaniel
love sweet and zesty tart treat this recipe call for one lemon i took the liberty to add 3 instead yummy goood!!!!!!!! the crust was short-bread crisp and crunchy the taste was delicious
10 Jan 12 by member: Sharon0810
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Nutrition summary:

There are 123 calories in 1 serving of Zesty Lemon Bars.
Calorie break-down: 18% fat, 74% carbs, 8% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving
 
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 22
Calories 123
 
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 2.45g 4%
  Saturated Fat 1.341g 7%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.189g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.699g  
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Potassium 39mg  
Total Carbohydrate 22.92g 8%
  Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%
  Sugars 9.73g  
Protein 2.53g  
 
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18
6%
of RDI*
(123 calories)
6% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
 
Carbohydrate (74%)
 
Fat (18%)
 
Protein (8%)
Carbohydrates, 22.92g (74%) Fat, 2.45g (18%) Protein, 2.53g (8%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories