Cake mix lemon cream cheese bars

by Suzanne on June 3, 2013

in Sweet Things

Cake mix lemon cream cheese bars| bars…oh how I love thee! Well pretty much any type of lemon sweets except lemon hard candy, they have never been a favorite. My son has the same sentiments towards lemon bars, I think they are his favorite dessert actually. These easy little bars are not like lemon pie bars but more like a cheesecake-y type bar. They are closely related to chess bars, kind of a gooey cake bar if you’ve ever had those, in fact I adapted this recipe from those yummy bars. All I’m going to say is you really need this recipe in your life, because it’s super easy and really good, I think it could even be a new favorite. Oh, and my son he liked these a lot and counted how many bars we all had because he didn’t want to get cheated out of his fair share :).

Cake mix lemon cream cheese bars |Suzanne

Cake mix lemon cream cheese bars

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup melted butter
3 eggs divided
8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
zest from one lemon
powdered sugar


Step 1: Mix the cake mix with butter and 1 egg, mix well. Spread evenly into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan.
Step 2: Mix together the softened cream cheese, sugar, 2 eggs, lemon juice and zest until creamy.
Step 3: Pour over the crust evenly and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 min. Β When cooled dust with powdered sugar, and cut into squares.

Cake mix lemon cream cheese bars | Suzanne

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1 Lora @cakeduchess June 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I adore lemon bars-how fun to have a cake bottom. I think there isn’t a lemon dessert I’d turn down..especially in the summer:)

2 Suzanne June 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Thanks Lora, I can’t ever pass up a lemon dessert either πŸ™‚

3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I love lemon bars, these look fabulous with the tangy cream cheese!

4 Suzanne June 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Thanks Laura πŸ™‚

5 Valerie June 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I could eat lemon bars everyday, all day! If I made this recipe, I’d stash away a few for myself and tell everyone that it was only an 8×8-inch pan. πŸ˜‰
Gorgeous photos, Suzanne!

6 Suzanne June 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I too could eat them daily πŸ™‚

7 Patty June 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I like this version of lemon bars-they look so good in your photos! Welcome home Suzanne πŸ˜‰

8 Suzanne June 3, 2013 at 11:41 pm

thank you Patty, it’s good to be home πŸ™‚

9 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} June 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I am fascinated by cookies that are made out of a cake mix! I love anything lemon and would probably, no lie eat at least a quarter of the pan of these in one sitting. Not sure if I should make them for my waistline, but then again, you only live once. Hope your week is going well!

10 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Can you believe I have never made lemon bars before? I really need to get on it, they always look so wonderful!

11 The CafΓ© Sucre Farine June 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Suzanne, I had to laugh about your son because he sounds just like my son. I always serve dessert to everyone before I make my plate and then cut myself an ridiculously large piece just to get a rise out of him. He always looks around the talbe to see if anyone got a bigger piece than he did. When his eyes see my serving he always lets out the hilarious noise, even though I’ve done it a thousand times πŸ™‚ Your lemon bars sound fantastic, will have to try!

12 ATasteOfMadness June 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm

These look freaking fantastic!!! I love lemon, and in bar form? yum!!

13 CCU June 6, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Genius dessert which is calling my name πŸ˜€

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14 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) June 7, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Welcome home! And did someone say lemon bars? I’d have a hard time resisting these–I want to try this cream cheese version next time. πŸ™‚

15 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings June 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Perfect-looking lemon cream cheese bars! It takes talent to make such a perfect bar – all cut up in perfect squares! Oh, snap! I am craving for a bite now…!

16 Terra June 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

What a fun recipe idea, I love the idea of using cake mix for the crust! I seriously love love lemon bars, and tend to eat too many of them LOL! YUM, Hugs, Terra

17 Liz June 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm

My family adores the version of this without lemon….but I think they’d love these just as much! Beautiful bars!

18 Suzanne June 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

I bet they would since they already like the other version, give them a try next time Liz.

19 Vicki Bensinger September 13, 2013 at 1:31 am

Now I don’t know which to bake tomorrow? Which one did you like best – lemon Pudding cake or these Lemon Cream Cheese Bars? They both sound incredibly delicious. Reminds me of Gooey Butter Cake.

20 Aixa January 27, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I made this recipe and I must say it was very good and very simple to make for a novice baker like me. But it was a bit too sweet and maybe the crust was a bit too buttery as well. I’m thinking next time using 1/2 of the serving of sugar and butter. Either way we ate the whole thing. Yummy stuff!

21 Suzanne January 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I’m glad you liked it. Everyone has different tastes for sugar and butter so I say make what you feel taste great to you, thanks for stopping back by and letting me know how you liked it.

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