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Photo: Jennifer Davicks; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke Photo by: Photo: Jennifer Davicks; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

Lemon-Cheesecake Bars

Use fresh orange juice and zest instead of lemon for a different flavor profile.

Southern Living FEBRUARY 2010

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings (serving size: 1 bar)
  • Total: 9 Hours, 35 Minutes


  • 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


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.

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 8.9g (sat 5.2g, mono 2.2g, poly 0.5g); Protein 6.2g; Carb 45.8g; Fiber 0.5g; Chol 45.1mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 259mg; Calc 70mg

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 289
  • Fat: 8.9g
  • Saturated fat: 5.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 6.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 47.5g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 45.1mg
  • Iron: 1.1mg
  • Sodium: 262mg
  • Calcium: 76mg

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