Creamy Lemon Squares

inn 002Ingredients:
20 Vanilla Wafers, ground into crumbs
½ cup flour
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup salted butter, cold
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 Tablespoon all purpose Flour
3 Tablespoon grated Lemon Zest
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 8 inch square baking pan with foil with ends of foil extending over sides of pan; set aside.

Combine wafer crumbs, flour and brown sugar in medium bowl.  Cut in butter with pastry blender or knives until mixture resembles crumbs; press firmly into bottom of prepared pan.  Bake 15 minutes.

Beat cream cheese and sugar on medium.  Add eggs and 2 T. flour; mix well.  Blend in 1 T. of lemon zest, lemon juice and baking powder; pour over crust.

Bake 25 – 28 minutes or until center is set.  Cool completely, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and garnish with lemon peel.

Keep left over squares in refrigerator.

Makes 16 one inch squares.