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Mom's Favorite Lemon Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
32 mins
Total Time
42 mins
This sneakily lightened up take on everyone’s favorite lemon bar is a surefire hit! Buttery lemon-shortbread is topped with a creamy sweet-tart topping in these delicious tea time classics.
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 150 kcal
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 TB sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 TB unsalted butter melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 tsp cold water
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 TB lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TB all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a 9x9” baking pan with cooking spray. 

To Make Crust
  1. Stir together flour, sugar, salt, and lemon zest. Drizzle with butter and water, and press with a fork until small clumps form and mixture is damp. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 10-12 minutes or until beginning to brown. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. 

To Make Filling
  1. While crust bakes prepare the topping. Stir together egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. 

  2. In a separate large bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into yolk mixture until combined. Pour over crust and bake for an additional 20 minutes. 

  3. Let cool completely before slicing. Serve garnished with powdered sugar and raspberries.

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Favorite Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Potassium 114mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 17g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 2.6%
Vitamin C 18.3%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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