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16 servings
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Meal Types:
Breads & Baked Products
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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.



  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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What is 0.12 tsp ??? Never heard of that
18 Jan 18 by member: cherylowen
Very good. Like some of the other posts I increased the amount of lemon. I also made a double batch of the fillng and it looked more like the photo. Will definitely make again as I love lemons and this was a very easy recipe. Came out perfectly.
18 Mar 15 by member: Yves336
The dessert is marvellous! Absolutely delitious! I strongly recommend the recipe.
14 Jul 14 by member: Kiki3033
I used gluten free plain flour with success. Crisp and crunchy base. Also took other members advice and used the zest and juice of two lemons. Yum! Thanks for the recipe.
10 Sep 13 by member: OzGlutenFree
very good, but not very thick
22 May 12 by member: dlf14
Delicious! My husband loved it. Thin layers make the servings lower in fat and calories. Love this one!
17 Jan 12 by member: Mommagill
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
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
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
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
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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 19% Vitamin C 74%
Calcium 15% Iron 29%
of RDI*
(123 calories)
6% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (74%)
Fat (18%)
Protein (8%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories