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.
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, trace 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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Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

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

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!!"

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

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

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

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

~ Theresa"

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."

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