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Article posted: 12/4/2012 5:00 AM

Lemon Paprika Bars

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Crust

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

cup sugar

teaspoon salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

Filling

1 cups sugar

2 teaspoons paprika, divided

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

5 eggs

cup lemon juice

Zest of 2 lemons

cup powdered sugar

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray, then line it with parchment paper, leaving enough excess to slightly overhang 2 sides.

In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add the flour and mix just until combined. Using a silicone spatula, press the dough into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly over the surface. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside.

While the crust bakes, make the filling. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, 1 teaspoons of the paprika and the flour. Whisk in the eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest.

When the crust has baked, pour the filling over the top. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 15-18 minutes, or until the filling is set. Allow to cool completely in the pan. Once cooled, use the paper to gently lift the bars from the pan. Peel away and discard the paper.

Cut into 24 bars (can be any shape). Just before serving, stir together the powdered sugar and remaining teaspoon paprika. Sprinkle over the tops of the bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Serves 24.

Nutrition values per serving: 180 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated), 25 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 15 g sugar, 3 g protein. 60 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium.

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