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Lemon cream cheese bars: Decadent lemon whipped cream cheese baked between layers of a special ingredient with a delicious streusel lemon topping. A simple and quick dessert bar recipe!
Easy Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Servings: 24 small bars
Author: Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission
  • 1 18.25 ounce package of yellow or lemon cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • zest of ½ lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix, 1 egg, and the vegetable oil with a plastic spatula. Reserve 1 and ¼ cups of mixture, set aside. Add the rest of the mixture into the 9x13 baking dish and pat down, making sure it's even all-the-way around. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While the crust is baking, beat together the cream cheese, 1 egg, and granulated sugar using a mixer with the paddle attachment. It should be whipped and creamy. With the mixer on medium-to-low speed mix in the fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. Pour the batter onto the baked crust. Crumble the reserved mixture you previously set aside on top of the cream cheese batter. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and allow the bars to completely cool before slicing.