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Makeover Frosty Lemon Squares Recipe
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Makeover Frosty Lemon Squares Recipe

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This dessert has a lemony filling sandwiched between two creamy layers and a crunchy crust. What's not to love? Simple changes in the original recipe subtracted a lot of the calories and saturated fat, but left a ton of great lemon flavor and a rich cream cheese layer. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + freezing
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + freezing
MAKES: 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup ground pecans
  • CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • LEMON LAYER:
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 to 4 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 240 calories, 10 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 164 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and cornstarch (mixture will be crumbly). Stir in pecans. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheeses and confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust. Cover and freeze for 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in the lemon juice, butter, lemon peel and food coloring if desired. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Spread lemon mixture over cream cheese layer. Cover and freeze for 1 hour. Fold lemon peel into whipped topping; spread over lemon layer. Cover and freeze for up to 1 month. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Frosty Lemon Squares in Healthy Cooking June/July 2011, p28

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 240 calories, 10 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 164 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.

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

Reviews for Makeover Frosty Lemon Squares(6)

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Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

OH Let me tell you! IT WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! SOOOO refreshing and not a heavy dessert! It has a lot of steps but worth it. Once you make it, you can easily do one part while another is "in the works"

One thing I would also do is to have both the butter and the crm. cheese out a LONG while so that they're really mushy before you start making it. I might even consider using half of ea. ingredient as a 9X11 of it is a LOT for 2 people. I took it over to our friends last nite to share with them. I also left them 4 pcs. so now I don't have so much left.

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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2012

This was great. My kids and I loved it. Nice and tart and refreshing!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

Made just as stated. Turned out wonderful. Everyone at the dinner loved it. Will definitely make it again.

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Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

I loved the recipe I made it to share with my coworkers as my husband is not a fan of Lemon they all asked for the recipe. I was asked to make it again just for them.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

I loved the recipe I made it to share with my coworkers as my husband is not a fan of Lemon they all asked for the recipe. I was asked to make it again just for them.

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