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Prickly Pear Lemon Bars

Prickly pear lemon bars are sweet and tangy and have a buttery crust that I could eat all by itself. They are a variation on my favorite lemon-lime squares.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Stefani

Ingredients

Cookie base

  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/4 finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 C butter softened

Topping

  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 t lemon zest
  • 3 T prickly pear juice You can easily make prickly pear juice with a prickly pear and a food processor or blender. Simply Recipes has a great tutorial on how to make prickly pear juice.
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 2 T powdered sugar optional

Instructions

Prepare the cookie base

  • Mix flour, sugar, pecans, and butter until crumbly.
  • Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray or butter and press the mixture evenly on the bottom of the dish.
  • Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes.

Prepare the topping and bake

  • Beat all topping ingredients except powdered sugar. Mixture will be thin.
  • Pour over hot crust.
  • Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until topping is set.
  • Allow to cool before cutting.
  • If you'd like, top the bars with powered sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.4mg