luscious lemon squares

luscious lemon squares

prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 45 minutes
ready in: 1 hour 5 minutes

makes: 16 servings, 1 2-inch square each


  • 1 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • confectioner's sugar for dusting

The nutritional content of recipes is calculated by a registered dietitian. Because ingredients and measurements may vary, the values we give are close approximations.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat inside of an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Mix cake flour and 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Cut cream cheese into the flour mixture with pastry blender or fingertips until crumbly. Gradually add oil stirring with a fork. Toss until evenly moistened but crumbly. Press into bottom of prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until lightly golden.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites, sugar and lemon zest with an electric mixer until smooth.
  5. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Add to the egg white mixture and beat until blended. Beat in lemon juice.
  6. Pour over the hot crust and bake for about 20 minutes longer, or until the top is light golden and set.
  7. Let cool in the pan on a rack. Cut into squares and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.

Per serving: 120 calories, 3g fat, 1g saturated fat, 2mg cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 2g protein