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Lemon Cheese Squares Recipe

Lemon Cheese Squares Recipe

With a tangy filling and a nutmeg-flavored crust, this dessert hits the spot after a meal or as a snack. My grandmother made these bars for me when I was growing up, and they were my favorite.—Emily Weedman, Milwaukie, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup stick margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  • 1. In a bowl, cream margarine and brown sugar. Combine the flour, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture. Press into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 2. For filling, place the cottage cheese, egg, egg white and lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Cover and process until smooth. Add the sugar, flour, lemon peel and baking powder; cover and process until blended. Pour over crust.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 30-34 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate until chilled. Cut into squares. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 264 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.