Lemony Cream Cheese Bars Recipe
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Lemony Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

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Anytime I can take a recipe that has been handed down two generations and lighten it up while keeping the delicious flavor memories intact, I’m a happy girl. —Patti Lavell, Islamorada, Florida
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute, divided
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 149 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, 1/4 cup egg substitute and oil; mix until blended. Reserve 1/2 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 11-13 minutes or until edges are light brown.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Add remaining egg substitute; beat on low speed just until blended. Spread over crust. Crumble reserved topping over filling.
  3. Bake 11-13 minutes longer or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Lemony Cream Cheese Bars in Healthy Cooking Annual Recipes Annual 2015, p243

Sweet White Wine

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

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cooker69 User ID: 2650914 246934
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"my daughter loves lemon desserts ,April is her birthday month. I made this for her and she LOVED them . I very easy and simple to make will make these again thanks for the bars."

carolynoma User ID: 1965876 246736
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"Wow! I'm on a low-day diet. It's very hard to find a GOOD dessert. This one fit the bill and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing. C. Kent, Virginia"

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