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Lemon-Cheesecake Bars

Photo: Jennifer Davicks; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Total time 9 hrs, 35 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings (serving size: 1 bar)
Use fresh orange juice and zest instead of lemon for a different flavor profile.

Ingredients

  • BUTTER CRUST
  • 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
  • LEMON FILLING
  • 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
  • GARNISH
  • Lemon rind curl

Nutrition Information

  • calories 289
  • fat 8.9 g
  • satfat 5.2 g
  • monofat 2.2 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 6.2 g
  • carbohydrate 47.5 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 45.1 mg
  • iron 1.1 mg
  • sodium 262 mg
  • calcium 76 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Try This Twist!

  6. Reduced-Sugar Lemon-Cheesecake Bars: Substitute brown sugar sweetener for brown sugar and granular sweetener for granulated sugar.

  7. Note: We tested with Whey Low 100% All Natural Gold Brown Sugar Sweetener and Granular Sweetener.

  8. 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