Our Lemon Bars are not only 100 calories each, they also outshine other recipes because of their lemon zing. We top the rich, buttery crust with a very generous amount of custard made from both lemon juice and zest. The perfect marriage of sweetness and citrus tang, we’re smitten.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 3 large eggs
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, use your hands to combine the ⅔ cup of flour, butter, 1 tablespoon sugar, and water to create a thick dough. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
- Bake the crust for 15 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown, and then let cool for 5 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk all the filling ingredients until well combined.
- Pour the filling over the crust, and bake for 30–35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and springy to the touch.
- Let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing into 4 rows by 5 rows to create 20 bars.
HELPFUL TIP: Lemon bars are traditionally served garnished with powdered confectioners’ sugar sprinkled over the top (as it helps hide any bubbles in the custard). A light sprinkling adds a negligible 1 or 2 calories per serving.