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Creamy Lemon Squares Recipe
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Creamy Lemon Squares

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"A creamy, lemon layer on a wafer cookie crust is dusted with powdered sugar and lemon zest just before serving in these light lemon bars."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings, one square each Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    2 hrs 50 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Combine wafer crumbs, 1/2 cup flour and the brown sugar in bowl. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; press firmly onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min.
  2. Meanwhile, beat Neufchatel cheese and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs and 2 Tbsp. flour; mix well. Blend in 1 Tbsp. lemon peel, the lemon juice and baking powder; pour over crust.
  3. Bake 25 to 28 min. or until center is set. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and remaining 2 Tbsp. lemon peel just before serving.
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  • Notes from the Kraft Kitchens
  • For a softer crust, bake crust initially at 350 degrees F for 5 min.
  • You will get about 1 Tbsp. grated peel and 2 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 09, 2010

great flavor,got rave reviews at the picnic. only thing is the crust was hard I was hopping for a more flakey time i will try to cut back the flourand see if that helps. I increased the waffers and it was much better.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 22, 2013

These turned out okay. What I was hoping for was a really zesty, tangy lemon square that packed a little punch. The lemon taste just wasn't very potent. I went with the graham cracker crust suggestion of a number of other posters ... that was yummy. But next time, I'll try to do something to get more zing in these bars.

Aug 25, 2013

Light and lemony with all the taste of creamy cheesecake and without all the fuss! This is a quick and easy dessert that tastes like you spent hours. I topped these with a sugared raspberry, lemon zest and a little whipped cream. I can't wait to try these again!

Apr 12, 2010

The filling is delicious, but the crust was hard and not very flavourful I think I will try it with graham crackers or gingersnaps next time. I had to bake this 30 minutes in my oven for it to be set. Thanks!

Apr 09, 2010

I made these as a "something different" dessert for our Easter holiday feast. They turned out great! The crust turned out well for me baked for 8 minutes. I used Splenda instead of sugar for the filling, otherwise I followed the recipe as written. Delicious. I'll make these again.

Feb 15, 2011

I made these the other day and oh my goodness! We couldn't stop eating them! Though I did make the crust with graham cracker since I don't like nilla wafers. They were so good, even though they were a little undercooked. I'm making them again tomorrow =]

Aug 25, 2010

Every single time I make these squares I make people mad. Why? Because they're absolutely ADDICTIVE! I always make a double batch because they're just a crowd pleaser. My friends call them Crack Squares because your hooked after the first bite. If you do make them in double batches you will need to extend the cooking time if you use a conventional oven like I do. Typically I add 10 mins when I bake 2 pans of the crust and it can take up to an additional 30 mins when baking 2 pans of all the ingredients... needless to say they're well worth the wait.

May 06, 2010

I have been looking for a sweet with low points since I am doing weight watchers and this one is perfect. I used splenda instead of the 1 cup of sugar. The taste is amazing and I am able to eat a square at only 3 points! Thank you!


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  • Calories
  • 116 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.5 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 50 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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