Lemon Mardi Gras Squares

Pecans make it perfect in this Southern-style dessert, tart-sweet bar cookies loaded with lemon.

  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 2 hr 15 min
  • ingredients 15
  • servings 24

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
  • 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.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

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