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Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

     Due to vacation beach season coming up (unfortunately I need an incentive) I’m TRYING to stay     away from lots of sugar and fa,t but because I’m a junk food junkie and constantly craving everything sweet and tangy it’s certainly a challenge.  Instead of totally depriving myself, I chose to use low fat cream cheese and cut the ingredients in half to make a much smaller batch.  If you want to try this recipe I recommend doubling the ingredients for a full batch, unless your willing to deal with the guilt.


1 cup flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1tsp grated lemon peel
1/3 tsp cinnamon

2 eggs
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp grated lemon

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbls lemon juice
4 oz cream cheese

Crust- Mix with a hand mixer flour, powdered sugar, butter, lemon peel and cinnamon.  Mix will become crumbled.  Press the mix into a 10×7 baking pan and bake at 350 until light brown.

Filling- Whisk all ingredients until mixed well.  Pour mixture over hot crust and return to the oven for an additional 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 45 minutes.

Frosting- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.  Once the bars have cooled, spread the frosting evenly and cut into squares.

Makes approx.. 10
Store in the refrigerator.