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Butter Crunch Lemon Cheese Bars

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Cooking spray

Filling

  • 1 cup 1% low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Crust: Place first four ingredients in a large bowl, beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.
  3. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife.
  4. Add flour to butter mixture, and beat at low speed until well blended.
  5. Press crust into prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Filling: Place cottage cheese in a food processor; process 2 minutes or until smooth, scraping sides of bowl once.
  8. Add remaining ingredients; process until well blended.
  9. Pour filling over crust.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes or until set (the edges will get slightly browned) and cool.
  11. Cover and chill for 8 hours.

Yield: 8 servings