Monday, June 1, 2009

Delicious Lemon Squares

Here's another one of my favorite summertime recipes! This recipe is so versatile! You can use any Watkins Dessert mix such as chocolate, coconut, banana, and of course Lemon. These bars are great for cookouts and family gatherings this summer!

Bottom Layer:
1/2 cup/125 mL butter
1 cup/250 mL flour
1/2 cup/125 mL chopped pecans
1 tsp/5 mL Butter Extract
Cream Layer:
1 cup/250 mL powdered sugar
8 oz/227 g fat-free or light cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 tsp/5 mL Original Double-Strength Vanilla
Half of a 1-quart/liter container of whipped topping
Lemon Layer:
1 pie filling recipe from Watkins Lemon Dessert package, using 2-1/2 cups/625 mL water, Lemon Dessert Mix 1 tbsp/15 mL lemon juice
Cooking Directions
Combine bottom layer ingredients and pack into an 11 x 7”/28 x 18 cm baking pan. Bake at 375°F/190°C for 15 minutes. Cool completely.Cream together powdered sugar and cream cheese. Add whipped topping and fold in. Prepare lemon pie filling; add lemon juice and let cool. Spread a thin layer of cream mixture over baked bottom layer. Spread lemon filling on top; spread rest of cream mixture on top of that. Chill. (Note: Chilling after applying lemon layer may make it easier to spread top layer.) Cut in large squares.
(Note: Other Watkins Dessert Mixes may be used in place of Lemon.)

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