Mother’s Day Dessert Idea: Lighter Lemon Squares


Who doesn’t love lemon squares? I thought for Mother’s Day, these Lighter Lemon Squares would be great, and they are very easy, only 25 minutes of prep time. My kids eat these in a matter of seconds so it’s good that this recipe makes 16 servings.

Lighter Lemon Squares

Cook Time:

25 minutes

Prep Times:

25 minutes


16 servings


3/4 cup crushed reduced-fat vanilla wafers (about 20)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons lemon zest, divided
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons confectioners sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil with ends extending over the sides. Combine wafer crumbs, 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse meal. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and granulated sugar with a mixer until blended. Add eggs and 2 tablespoons flour, mixing well. Add 1 tablespoon lemon zest, lemon juice and baking powder; pour over crust.

4. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and remaining lemon zest just before serving.

1 thought on “Mother’s Day Dessert Idea: Lighter Lemon Squares”

  1. I made these for our Mother’s Day dinner. They were delicious and very easy to make. Will definitely make these again.

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