Saturday, August 06, 2011

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars


One of the nice things about blogging your favorite recipes is that it makes it easy to find them when you want to make them.  After spending an entire morning searching for this Lemon Cream Cheese Bar recipe, I knew it was time to add it to my blog.  When I am asked to “bring bars” for something, I often make these bars, and I am almost always asked by at least one person for the recipe.  If I making these to have at home, I usually use a 7x11 inch pan because I prefer thicker bars.  On the other hand, if I am making them to bring somewhere, I often use a 9x13 inch pan.  That way I can cut more bars and serve more people.


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Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
An easy lemon cream cheese bar recipe that uses a cake mix.

Ingredients
  • 1 lemon or yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs, used separately
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions
1. Mix dry cake mix, 1 egg, and oil until crumbly; reserve one cup.2. Press remaining mixture lightly into an ungreased 9x13 inch or 7x11 inch pan. 3. Bake for 15 minutes at 350°F.4. Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth.5. Spread over baked layer and then sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over the top.6. Bake for an additional 15-18 minutes.7. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16

Updated

August 6 2011

39 comments:

  1. These sound heavenly, Jill! I love the idea of using a boxed cake mix and it looks like it creates an awesome topping. Bookmarking this one, it's lovely!

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  2. Beautiful photo Jill! I love bars because they're an easier cookie and they're great to take to a gathering. Lemon bars are one of my very favorite! Thanks!

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  3. My family loves lemon bars, and I try to make them when we're all together. These look really good- I can see why you need to be able to find the recipe fast! :)

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  4. I bet these are amazing. I love everything with lemon and everything with cream cheese!

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  5. Lemon bars should be called devil bars, cause I could eat them every day. Yours look excellent!
    Thanks for sharing...

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  6. Mmmm... Now this is a lemon bar I can get on board with! Looks so delicious, and tempting!

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  7. Those look delicous! Great photo too.

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  8. Lemon and cream cheese - what a great mix of flavors!

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  9. What stunning bars! And I love the shortcut :)

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  10. Kako ovo bozanstveno izgleda :)

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  11. This recipe sounds easy and good! Your photography impresses me, nice job!

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  12. The lemon bars look gorgeous Jill :) .

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  13. I love that blogging gives me an instant recipe file, too! These are just gorgeous! I especially love the additions of those crumbs on the top! : )

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  14. Pair this with a cup of coffee and I am ready to eat!!! Great recipe!!

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  15. wowww, those bars look amazing! What a great color, and recipe is really refreshing!

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  16. Hehehe I agree with you... it is so much easier to go to your blog for recipes you make often and not having to look for them in the drawers/books... ;-)

    These bars look delicious, I love lemon flavored sweets!

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  17. Fabulous! I love that you built on a boxed mix. It makes it easy and a real "go to" recipe!

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  18. What a lemon-licious dessert ! This is amazing. We love lemons, especially this time of the year. I must try this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. These look wonderful!! My Mom loves most lemon desserts so I think I might try it for her BD this month, thanks my friend: )

    Rubi

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  20. I know exactly what you're talking about! There have been many times I go to my blog to make one of my favorite things cuz it's an easy find! Great recipe!

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  21. What a fabulous treat. First time on your blog. I am happily following you.

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  22. Yum! That looks like my kind of dessert!

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  23. Irresistible. Beautiful job on these.

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  24. How perfect is this picture. Mouthwatering, drool worthy, insanely good, wicked cool!

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  25. Just top notch... Love the photos and it sounds so easy! But delicious

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  26. I'm here after craving for sugar! You always have some great sweets and surely I wasn't wrong. This lemon cream cheese bars sounds so delicious. I love citrus flavor in sweets.

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  27. These look awesome. I have made lemon bars before, but they never looked like this. Bookmarked-thanks for sharing!

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  28. I love recipes like this. So easy, yet so delicious and beautiful that they all get eaten, and best of all everyone wants the recipe. It definitely sounds like a recipe that anyone could make especially in a time crunch.

    Thanks for sharing. I love lemon bars.

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  29. Can't tell it's made with a cake mix..well done!

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  30. Hi Jill! It's my first time on your blog, and I LOVE it... These lemon cream cheese bars got me drooling... I really wish I could have some of that! I look forward to browsing around your site, and visiting more often! :)

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  31. The other day I had the BIGGEST craving for lemon bars which was completely random since I haven't had lemon bars in ten years, My husband said, "Can I get oyu anything?" and I just spouted out..."OOOH LEMON BARS" To which he replied..."yeah that's your thing, sorry I can't help" So...since it's my thing this recipe i bookmarked and the second I go to the market these will be made. Thank you for the recipe.

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  32. We have a friend who is addicted to anything sweet and lemony, this will make him very happy next weekend!

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  33. I'm so glad I clicked over to your blog from Lizzy's because I actually was looking for a lemon bars recipe to make, and with the cream cheese lemon bars it's even better, and easy with the yellow cake mix.
    It looks super yummy, and the photo is absolutely beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing:DDD

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  34. These are the most dreamy looking lemon bars I've seen in a long time...this is a "must try soon" recipe and I thank you for sharing it!

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  35. i love lemon bars during summer. so refreshing and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing Jill

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  36. Jill, my new best friend!!! I made these bars and they were indeed INCREDIBLE!

    I did a special post on my experience (with plenty of your well deserved credit aiming readers to your blog). Sorry you had to share space with Elvis (although come to think of it, who wouldn;t want to share space with Elvis!

    http://erecipecards.blogspot.com/2011/08/lemon-cream-cheese-bars-ala-dulce-dough.html

    Dave

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  37. Jill, my new best friend!!! I made these!!! They were just simply INCREDIBLE! Loved every part of these. i did a special post on my blog about these with several links back to your recipe. Thank you so much for the post and for submitting these to eRecipeCards.com!

    Oh, and sorry you had to share space for my Elvis tribute. But you should consider that an honor as well

    Dave

    http://erecipecards.blogspot.com/2011/08/lemon-cream-cheese-bars-ala-dulce-dough.html

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  38. What a beautiful blog & food site you have here! Love the sound, look and recipe of these Lemon Cream Cheese Bars. May have to whip these up for the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend! =)

    Thx for sharing and looking fwd to following your posts.

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  39. They look so tasty and absolutley lovely!

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