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Frosty Lemon Squares

This layered dessert may take a little time to prepare. But it can be kept in the freezer for when you need dessert in a dash.—Mary Gutsmeidl, Omro, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground pecans
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • LEMON LAYER:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 to 4 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, flour, pecans and confectioners' sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust. Cover and freeze for 1 hour.
  • 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 butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and food coloring if desired. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 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. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 373 calories, 20g fat (13g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 162mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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