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Light Lemon Bars

Light lemon bars are a refreshing spring dessert. Less butter, less sugar, and use of egg whites makes this recipe a bit lighter than the classic version. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon bar, lemon dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 165 kcal
Author betsy


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts toasted and finely ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350° Spray an 8X8 glass baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, ground pine nuts, and salt. Add butter and canola oil. Mix gently using a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.

  3. Press mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

  4. Combine granulated sugar and next 5 ingredients (through egg white) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Pour mixture over crust.

  5. Bake at 325° for 20 minutes or until set. Remove from oven, and cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  6. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle squares evenly with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Light Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 98IU2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.