Lightened-Up Lemon Bars

A sweet, low-fat treat that can help ease the queasies.


INGREDIENT LIST Crust Nonstick cooking spray 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Topping 1 whole egg 2 egg whites 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/3 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed (about 2 juicy lemons) 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest Confectioner's (powdered) sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat an 8-by-8-inch pan with cooking spray. For crust: Cream together butter and sugar; add flour, salt and lemon zest. Beat until crumbly and pat into pan. Bake for 18–20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven; let cool.

While crust is baking, prepare the topping: Whisk egg and egg whites until frothy. Add sugar, flour, baking powder, lemon juice and lemon zest; mix until combined. Pour mixture over crust and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until topping is set and slightly golden. Cool on a wire rack; dust with confectioner's sugar and cut into 16 2-inch squares. Refrigerate if not serving immediately. Serves 8.

Nutritional information per serving (2 squares): 250 calories, 25% fat (7 grams), 70% carbohydrate, 5% protein, .5 gram fiber, 1 milligram iron, 20 milligrams calcium, 32 micrograms folate.