Desserts

Lemon Cheese Bars

Lemon Cheese Bars are slightly tart and sweet, this easy dessert is going to be a hit! Save time by using a box of cake mix topped with a lemony cheesecake topping.

Lemon Cheese Bars - Slightly tart and sweet, this easy dessert is going to be a hit! Save time by using a box of cake mix topped with a lemony cheesecake topping.

Lemon Cheese Bars

I don’t know about you, but I love anything lemon! Give me lemon desserts over other fruit desserts any day. 

These Lemon Cheese Bars are divine. Don’t worry, the lemon flavor is not overpowering. It’s just a perfect hint of sweet lemon with a bit of tang. So yummy! 

And don’t they just scream spring? I think so….

Lemon Cheese Bars - Slightly tart and sweet, this easy dessert is going to be a hit! Save time by using a box of cake mix topped with a lemony cheesecake topping.

The bottom layer is combination of boxed cake mix, an egg and oil. I used yellow cake mix here, but if you can’t find it you could substitute another cake mix flavor. White cake mix, lemon cake mix or French vanilla cake mix would also be good. 

The top layer is my fave – it’s a lemony cheesecake topping. OMG. It’s rich and creamy and will practically melt in your mouth.

Lemon Cheese Bars - Slightly tart and sweet, this easy dessert is going to be a hit! Save time by using a box of cake mix topped with a lemony cheesecake topping.

My fiancé, Matty, enjoyed the last batch I made and gave them an enthusiastic thumbs up. That guy is brutally honest and will tell me when something doesn’t taste good. 

Lemon Cheese Bars - Slightly tart and sweet, this easy dessert is going to be a hit! Save time by using a box of cake mix topped with a lemony cheesecake topping.

Lemon Cheese Bars Ingredients

To make this easy dessert, you’ll need to round up a few ingredients.

  • Yellow cake mix 
  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Vegetable oil
  • Egg

You only use the actual cake mix from the box. You don’t need to bake the cake or anything like that.

Lemon Cheese Bars - Slightly tart and sweet, this easy dessert is going to be a hit! Save time by using a box of cake mix topped with a lemony cheesecake topping.

How to Make Lemon Cheese Bars

Begin by preheating the oven to 350F.

Add the cake mix, egg and oil to a bowl and mix together until it reaches a crumbly consistency. Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture for later. Pat the remaining mixture into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes and then remove from the oven.

While the first layer is in the oven, start preparing the second layer. In another bowl, beat cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar and egg until smooth. Spread in pan over baked layer. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.

Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before cutting into squares.

Lemon Cheese Bars - Slightly tart and sweet, this easy dessert is going to be a hit! Save time by using a box of cake mix topped with a lemony cheesecake topping.

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Lemon Cheese Bars - Slightly tart and sweet, this easy dessert is going to be a hit! Save time by using a box of cake mix topped with a lemony cheesecake topping.

Lemon Desserts

Love lemon? I’ve got lots of lemon desserts to try.

How to Store Lemon Cheese Bars

Keep the Lemon Cheese Bars in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

If you want to freeze them, store them in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. 

Do you like saving time and using cake mix in your recipes?

Lemon Cheese Bars - Slightly tart and sweet, this easy dessert is going to be a hit! Save time by using a box of cake mix topped with a lemony cheesecake topping.

Lemon Cheese Bars

Lemon Cheese Bars

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Slightly tart and sweet, this easy dessert is going to be a hit! Save time by using a box of cake mix topped with a lemony cheesecake topping.

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 250g package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Add cake mix, 1 egg and oil to a bowl and mix together until its a crumbly consistency. Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture. Pat remaining mixture into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
  3. In another bowl, beat cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar and 1 egg until smooth. Spread in pan over baked layer. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before cutting into squares.

Notes

If you can't find yellow cake mix, you could substitute white cake mix in its place.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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