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Reduced-Sugar Lemon-Cheesecake Bars

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 brown sugar sweetener
  • 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 granular sweetener
  • 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 172
  • fat 8.9 g
  • satfat 5.2 g
  • monofat 2.2 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 6.2 g
  • carbohydrate 45.8 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 45.1 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 259 mg
  • calcium 70 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 granular sweetener 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. Note: We tested with Whey Low 100% All Natural Gold Brown Sugar Sweetener and Granular Sweetener.