Saturday, August 11, 2007

Creamy Lemon Squares

Once again it was food friday at work and I knew I wanted to bake something! This week the temperature has been almost 100 degrees every day. So it is HOT outside. Knowing this I didn't want to make anything heavy and I want it to be refreshing. I remember the lemon squares my aunt had made and I thought perfect! What's more refreshing on a hot summer day than lemon! They turned out great! Even people that said they normally don't like lemon loved them.

Creamy Lemon Squares
(Recipe Courtesy of Kraft Foods)

20 Reduced Fat NILLA Wafers, finely crushed
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold margarine
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. flour
3 Tbsp. grated lemon peel, divided
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. CALUMET Baking Powder
2 tsp. powdered sugar

PREHEAT oven to 350ºF. Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan; set aside. Combine wafer crumbs, 1/2 cup flour and the brown sugar in medium bowl. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; press firmly onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min.
MEANWHILE, beat Neufchatel cheese and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs and 2 Tbsp. flour; mix well. Blend in 1 Tbsp. lemon peel, lemon juice and baking powder; pour over crust.
BAKE 25 to 28 min. or until center is set. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and remaining 2 Tbsp. grated lemon peel just before cutting into squares to serve. Store leftover squares in refrigerator.


  1. yummmm! i love lemon squares and these look perfect.

  2. That's a wonderful thing to do for your friend! It all sounds great!

  3. They look great. I bet everyone at your work just loves all the goodies you bring in.


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