Lemon Cheesecake Squares Recipe
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Lemon Cheesecake Squares Recipe

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Whether I'm hosting friends or sending a plate to work with my husband, these creamy elegant cheesecake squares are always a hit. It's a wonderful make-ahead dessert that easily serves a large group.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 262 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, oats and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Press dough into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Spread with jam.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth. Beat in lemon juice and peel. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Carefully spoon over jam.
  4. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Cheesecake Squares in Taste of Home August/September 2001, p33

Sweet White Wine

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

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saralyn_06 90859
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"Very good!"

JennTats 106626
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"I made this for a baby shower and everyone loved it. The oatmeal crust tasted kind of plain while making it so I added a 1/4 tsp. of vanilla to the mix & that help add a bit more flavor. I also am a huge lemon lover so I too added a little extra lemon juice as well as an additional 1/2 tsp. of lemon extract. I used strawberry jam since my friend is not a big fan of raspberry. This turned out very well all the way thru thick and creamy. As a garnish I used fresh sliced strawberries & mint leaves. It looked as good as it tasted. Thank you for this great recipe."

erzsi 124909
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"Was very easy to make. I really like the flavor of lemon, so I added about another 1/8 of a cup of lemon juice. Plus 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract."

MJMM 55835
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"Delicious! A great crust, and nice lemon flavor. The jam is perfect in these squares and I wouldn't hesitate to increase the amount of it a little."

knadasky 88726
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

"It was easy to make and very flavorful."

linzerbug 124857
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"Oatmeal crust a nice change of pace too."

linzerbug 124667
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"Added a thicker layer of jam; turned out wonderfully. Great with blueberry preserves as well. Delicious!"

lambler 31510
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"Delicious!!! Will definitely be making these again! Agree with the other reviewer about using 2/3 cup raspberry jam, it turned out great!"

lambler 55833
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"Delicious!!! Will definitely be making these again!"

HeatherHH 124666
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"I was thrilled the first time I made these bars when my husband said that they were pretty good! I love lemon flavor, but he usually doesn't care for it. These bars are the exception. Besides the wonderful not-too-strong lemon flavor, these also have a wonderful creamy consistency. The layer of jam is a nice touch, which you can increase to 2/3 cup if desired."

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