Lemon Cream Hazelnut Squares

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  • 40 min prep time
  • 6 hr 10 min total time
  • 16 ingredients
  • 15 servings

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/2
cups all purpose or unbleached flour
1/3
cup powdered sugar
3/4
cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2
cup chopped hazelnuts (filberts)

Filling

1 1/2
cups sugar
1/3
cup cornstarch
1 1/2
cups water
2
tablespoons grated lemon peel
1/2
cup lemon juice
1
(8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
5
drops yellow food color, if desired

Topping

1 1/2
cups whipping cream
3
tablespoons powdered sugar
Grated lemon peel or lemon twists
15
whole hazelnuts (filberts), halved, if desired
Fresh mint leaves, if desired

Directions

  1. 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine flour, 1/3 cup powdered sugar and margarine; mix well. With lightly floured fingers, press dough evenly in sprayed pan. Sprinkle with hazelnuts; press lightly into dough.
  2. 2 Bake at 350°F. for 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and edges begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled.
  3. 3 Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in water; blend until smooth. Cook over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice.
  4. 4 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Slowly stir in hot filling mixture and food color until well blended. Cool 30 minutes.
  5. 5 Spoon filling over cooled crust; spread evenly. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
  6. 6 In medium bowl, beat whipping cream and 3 tablespoons powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Spoon onto lemon filling; spread evenly. Cover; refrigerate at least 4 hours or until serving time. Garnish each serving with hazelnut halves and mint leaves.

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