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Lemon Mardi Gras Squares

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Lemon Mardi Gras Squares
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 15 min
  • Servings 24
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Pecans make it perfect in this Southern-style dessert, tart-sweet bar cookies loaded with lemon.

Ingredients

Bars

1 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon baking powder
1
cup powdered sugar
1
cup granulated sugar
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
3
eggs
1/3
cup lemon juice
2
tablespoons grated lemon peel
1/2
cup chopped pecans

Frosting

1
cup powdered sugar
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1
tablespoon half-and-half or milk

Garnish

1/4
cup chopped pecans
Lemon slices, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Generously grease 13x9-inch pan with shortening; lightly flour; or spray with cooking spray. In small bowl, stir together flour, salt and baking powder; set aside.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat powdered sugar, granulated sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until blended. Beat in 1 egg at a time until blended. Beat 1 minute longer. On low speed, beat in flour mixture alternately with lemon juice, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until well blended. Stir in lemon peel and 1/2 cup pecans. Pour into pan.
  • 3 Bake 22 to 27 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat frosting ingredients on low speed until smooth and spreadable.
  • 4 Spread frosting over warm bars. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup pecans. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 1 hour. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Garnish with lemon slices.
Tips  

Leave out the pecans if you like and sprinkle with coconut instead.

Make these bars up to a day ahead; store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
180
(
Calories from Fat
70
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
12%
(
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
18%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
95mg
4%
Potassium
35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
25g
8%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
18g
)
Protein
2g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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