Lemon Cheese Bars Recipe
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Lemon Cheese Bars Recipe

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Cake mix speeds along the crust and topping for these special squares shared by Janie Dennis of Evansville, Indiana. With just a handful of ingredients, the bars are so easy to assemble. Priced at 11 cents each, they're economical, too.
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 134 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, one egg and oil until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press the remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in the sugar, extract and remaining egg until smooth. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Cheese Bars in Quick Cooking September/October 2003, p45

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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amysmess User ID: 7202245 49542
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"It was simple and good, but it needs more lemon flavor and cream cheese."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 136319
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"This is a great 'anytime' of the year recipe! By simply replacing the cake mix and extract you have a wonderful, rich seasonal dessert ready in no time. For valentines day I choose a cherry chip mix . Strawberry cake mix at Easter and Spice cake in the fall. Have fun with seasonal mixes!!"

conshanty User ID: 435252 89521
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"My family liked this recipe, but I think it might be better with the cream cheese layer doubled."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 65377
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"A good starter recipe, but if you want it more lemony, add some zested lemon peel and lemon juice.

~ Theresa"

rlconnell User ID: 4806944 205691
Reviewed May. 9, 2010

"This is so easy, and works so well. I have modified the type of cake mix and the flavoring, and it always turns out great. It's been a big hit at potlucks, too. Try chocolate cake mix with mint flavoring, or cherry cakemix with almond flavoring, or make up your own."

gavingrma_OH User ID: 361520 49541
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2008

"That looks really good.  Here's another that I've gotten off this board.  Delicious.


Anitaaz User ID: 2815102 48867
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2008

"I struggled with this recipe. I baked it in a darker pan so it over cooked. I also felt like it needs more cream cheese and more lemon. I will make it again with some modifications"

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