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 • 124calories per square • 1.3 grams saturated fat • 5 grams total fat
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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.
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Lemon Bar Tip #2: Less Sugar
We reduce the sugar by two-thirds and cut another 95 calories per serving.
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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.