Friday, March 12, 2010

CHEWY LEMON NUT BARS

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 cup quick oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
1 egg
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp grated lemon peel

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, and granulated sugar; cut in the margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts and oats. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture; set aside. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Beat the cream cheese, egg, lemon juice, and lemon peel in a small mixing bowl using medium speed of electric mixer, until well blended. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the baked crust. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the top of the cream cheese mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool before cutting into bars.

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