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Skinny Lemon Brownies – Lemon Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 large or extra large eggs
  • 3/4 cup super fine sugar or granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Lemon glaze:

  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cold water if needed
  • lemon zest for sprinkling on top

Directions:

Preheat oven to 340 degrees. Mist a non stick 8 or 9 inch square pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat with a hand held mixer or stand mixer, the softened butter with the sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Add the lemon juice and zest and mix just until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking soda. Add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and beat at medium speed for about 1 to 2 minutes until nice and creamy.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 20-24 minutes. Try not to over bake. The edges will turn lightly golden brown.

A toothpick should have moist crumbs. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes.

While cooling, prepare the glaze and then spread over the brownies and sprinkle on the zest. Cut into 16 brownies and enjoy!

Nutrition:

Makes 16 brownies
5 Smartpoints
calories 121.6, fat 6.3 g, sat fat 0.8g, carbs 15.7 g, fiber .4 g, protein 1.2 g, sugars11.2 g,


 

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