Recipe Makeovers

Lighter, healthier, but just as tasty: See how we made over these favorite dishes.

Lemon Squares: Recipe Makeover

Creamy, zippy citrus meets nutty cookie goodness. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Lighter Lemon Squares
Photo: Randy Mayor

Lighter Lemon Squares

Refreshingly tangy and buttery-crisp ... somehow the puckery citrus makes a good lemon square seem lighter than it really is. Typical recipes call for a full cup of butter and 1½ pounds of sugar—adding up to more than 300 calories in one little square.

Lightening was tricky but, luckily, our mission was accomplished. We created a healthier, lighter lemon square that retains the flavor and soul of the original.

319 calories per square
6.3 grams saturated fat
11 grams total fat

124 calories per square
1.3 grams saturated fat
5 grams total fat

View Recipe: Lemon Squares

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