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Chocolate Lemon Cream Bars

 Chocolate Lemon Cream Bars
A jazzed-up chocolate cake mix forms the layers that sandwich is a lemony cream cheese center in these bars shared by Renee Schwebach. "I took these treats to the office, and they were a big hit with my co-workers," she writes from Dumont, Minnesota.
48 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons grated lemon peel


  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, butter and egg on low speed until
  • combined. Stir in walnuts. Set aside 1 cup for topping. press the
  • remaining mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the milk,
  • egg, lemon juice and peel until blended. Pour over the crust.
  • Crumble reserved cake mixture over the top.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until set. Cool completely before cutting.
  • Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 116 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 129 mg sodium,

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Chocolate Lemon Cream Bars (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.