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Lemon Crumb Bars

“I'm always looking for a great new cookie or bar to try, but I often return to this tried-and-true recipe,” says Anna Miller of Quaker City, Ohio. “My husband loves the combination of sweet and salty!”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups crushed saltines (about 60 crackers)
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice


  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, butter and egg until crumbly. Stir in cracker crumbs; set aside 2 cups for topping.
  • Press remaining mixture into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks, milk and lemon juice. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved topping. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

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  • misscoffeepot
    Dec 20, 2020

    I had great success, and was very pleased. Certainly will make often. I only had a white cake mix, so added 1 tsp lemon extract to the crumb mixture. I did not alter the recipe other than that. I used fresh lemon juice. Comment below that have made big alterations are not really fair if they did not turn out. These were just lovely!

  • REHT
    Aug 24, 2014

    I was intrigued by this lemon bar recipe as I thought the sweet salty combo would be tasty. As per the other reviews, the lemon flavor is limited in the filling and truly comes from the lemon cake crust. I didn't think that the saltine crackers added any thing to the crust. I doubled the filling (per other reviews), which was the right amount needed for a 13x9 pan. The lemon taste is there right after baking, but fades if you have left overs the next day. These were not that big of a hit compared to other desserts offered on the table. We ended up throwing away 1/2 of the pan. I will keep searching for a 5 star lemon cookie/cake bar recipe.

  • suesannawenick
    May 19, 2014


  • rmajor
    Sep 7, 2013

    I doubled the filling and only used one sleeve of crackers which did equal two cups of crushed crackers. I was sorely disappointed in the overall flavor of this recipe. It was ok. But I want great! Very mild lemon flavor and even with doubling the filling, it was still lean on the filling! So I won't be making this again.

  • lynffin
    Feb 25, 2013

    i'm re-posting here, after reading other posts below.i made these bars, so maybe i can help clear up any recipe direction confusion.basically, you mix the dry ingredients with the butter to make crumbly mixture. set aside 2 cups for the topping. the remainder gets pressed into the bottom of the greased 13*9 pan for the crust, or the bottom of the bar. bake it. meantime, mix your wet ingredients. pour wet ingredient mixture over crust.(this will be the middle of your bar). Sprinkle the 2 cups of dry crumbly mix you reserved earlier over the wet layer and bake it again.if you didn't taste enough lemon, try the suggestion i saw below about waiting till the next's not just crackers on the top. it's a crumbly version of the crust.they should taste sweet and salty.hope this helps someone.:)

  • lynffin
    Feb 25, 2013

    i freaking love these bars! the combination of salty and sweet is so good! i made them a couple of weeks ago and my mouth wants more! ([email protected]$$? not so much!haha)

  • mystic2102
    Oct 3, 2012

    Made this on request.. The person I made them for thought they were good but I would not make them again. Too much crumb/crust and not enough filling at all, and I even used less crackers then called for.

  • BabsR
    Apr 7, 2012

    This Bar is all crumb and very little lemon. I''m very disappointed. The picture must have used double the filling.

  • jensweetser
    Dec 29, 2011

    I followed this recipe exactly and found it to be a bit dry. I think if I did make it again, I would scale back on the crackers and/or double the filling.

  • KatieM88
    May 13, 2011

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