Use fresh orange juice and zest instead of lemon for a different flavor profile.
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mace or nutmeg
1 cup all-purpose flour
Vegetable cooking spray
1 cup 1% low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
1 egg white
Lemon rind curl
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare Crust: Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add 1 cup flour, beating at low speed until well blended. Press mixture on bottom of an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare Filling: Process cottage cheese in a food processor 1 minute or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Add granulated sugar and next 6 ingredients, and process 30 seconds or until well blended. Pour filling over prepared crust.
Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set. (Edges will be lightly browned.) Cool 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours. Cut into bars. Garnish, if desired.
Try This Twist!
Reduced-Sugar Lemon-Cheesecake Bars: Substitute brown sugar sweetener for brown sugar and granular sweetener for granulated sugar.
Note: We tested with Whey Low 100% All Natural Gold Brown Sugar Sweetener and Granular Sweetener.
Per bar: Calories 172; Fat 9g (sat 2g, mono 2g, poly 5g); Protein 2g; Carb 8g; Fiber 5g; Chol 1mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 259mg; Calc 70mg