These delicious Lemony Cookie Bars are lightened up with Greek yogurt! Straight out of The Greek Yogurt Cookbook and one of my most popular recipes.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by REAL® Seal. However, like always, the opinions are entirely my own.
Why Choose Genuine U.S. Dairy Products?
Because real milk, cheese and yogurt offer a unique package of nine essential nutrients that both children and adults need. Consider:
- Milk is the No. 1 food source for three of the four nutrients identified by the federal government as falling short in the diets of both children and adults. These are calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
- Experts agree that dairy foods deserve a special place in the diets of children. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, several nutrients critical for growth are lacking in the diets of children and adolescents. These include calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin A. Dairy foods provide all of these.
- The shortfall in these nutrients is a significant public health concern. That’s why the government encourages adults to consume three servings of low-fat and fat-free dairy products daily and children to consume two.
- Dairy foods play a major role in bone health. Inadequate calcium and dairy food consumption among children results in a higher risk of osteoporosis and life-threatening fractures later in life.
- Eating the recommended servings of low-fat and fat-free dairy foods can lower blood pressure in adults. Studies also associate consuming low-fat and fat-free dairy foods with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as osteoporosis.
- By lowering the risk of these chronic diseases, consuming dairy foods may also help reduce health care costs.
Why You Should Make These Lemony Cookie Bars
One obstacle to consuming more dairy foods, especially among children, is lactose intolerance. For these individuals, most experts recommend alternatives from within the dairy food group, such as yogurt or lactose-free milk, over non-dairy substitutes.
That allows sufficient intake of calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients to avoid problems with bone health.
These lemony cookie bars are lightened up but every bit as delicious as traditional lemon bars.
If you like this recipe, you can find many other delicious ones in The Greek Yogurt Cookbook. It's a great resource for those looking to lighten up their favorite recipes!
Lemony Cookie Bars
- ½ cup plus 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour divided use
- ⅓ plus 11⁄2 cups powdered sugar divided use
- ¾ teaspoon salt divided use
- ¾ cup butter cold and sliced in pieces
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- Extra powdered sugar for sprinkling
- organic blueberries for topping optional
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9" × 13" baking dish and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix 11⁄2 cups flour, 1⁄3 cup powdered sugar, and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt. Add sliced butter and mix well until crumbly. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and pat down to form crust. Bake for 12–14 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
- While the crust is baking, mix 1⁄4 cup flour, 11⁄2 cups powdered sugar, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, eggs, lemon juice, yogurt, baking powder, and lemon zest in a large bowl with a mixer. Beat until smooth. Pour the lemon mixture on top of the hot cookie crust and return to oven. Bake for 35 minutes, until the topping is set and edges are light brown. Cool thoroughly in the pan. Sprinkle with extra powdered sugar, if desired, before serving. To store, cover and refrigerate for 3–5 days.