Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday Evening Dessert - Creamy Lemon Bars

This week’s Saturday Evening Dessert is Creamy Lemon Bars. A lightened up version using Splenda. You can find several versions of the recipe on the net. I went with one from one of my favorite sites, CooksRecipes. Cooks is just loaded with delicious and healthy recipes to satisfy all tastes, Enjoy!

Creamy Lemon Bars

A crisp, buttery crust forms the base for these creamy lemon treats. Cool completely for easier cutting.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

4 large eggs
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 1/4 cups Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon grated fresh lemon peel
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Cooking Directions:

1 - For Crust: preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly spray an 8-x-8-inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray; set aside.
2 - Combine flour, Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, and salt in food processor bowl; pulse 2 to 3 times. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press mixture into prepared pan; bake 20 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
3 - For Filling: whisk together eggs and half-and-half in a medium bowl; gradually whisk in Splenda® Granulated Sweetener and flour. Whisk in lemon peel and lemon juice; pour over hot crust. Bake 15 minutes or until center is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack; dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Cut into 2-inch squares.
Makes 16 bars.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe; 1 bar): Calories 110 | Calories from Fat 60 | Fat 7g (sat 3.5g) | Cholesterol 70mg | Sodium 80mg | Carbohydrates 9g | Fiber 0g | Sugars 1g | Protein 3g.

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