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.

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

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

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Lemon Bar Tip #1: Butter/Canola Oil Combo

Photo: Randy Mayor

Lemon Bar Tip #1: Butter/Canola Oil Combo

We sub heart-healthy canola oil for some of the butter to save 5 grams of saturated fat per serving.

Lemon Bar Tip #2: Less Sugar

Photo: Randy Mayor

Lemon Bar Tip #2: Less Sugar

We reduce the sugar by two-thirds and cut another 95 calories per serving.

Lemon Bar Tip #3: Pine Nuts

Photo: Randy Mayor

Lemon Bar Tip #3: Pine Nuts

Toasted pine nuts impart a delightful roasted flavor and irresistible crunch to our shortbread crust. Expensive, but we don't use a lot. Buy them in bulk, and keep them stored in your freezer.

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