Tempt My Tummy Tuesday… Cream Cheese Lemon Bars

by Lisa on March 5, 2012


I love desserts with lemon and this one is full of LEMON!  I made this recipe for our MOPS steering team meeting.  It was a winner!


Cream Cheese Lemon Bars

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine – softened
  • 3 egg
  • 2- 8 ounces cream cheese – softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice or juice from 1 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Ready for the oven.

    In a mixing bowl, blend dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg.  Press into a 9 x 13 pan, ungreased.

  2. Beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Gradually blend in the powdered sugar.  Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth.  Reserve 1/2 of this mixture and refrigerate it for later use.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the remaining 2 eggs, add the vanilla.  Then beat this mixture into the remaining cream cheese mixture until well blended.
  4. Spread over the cake mixture.  Bake at 350° until set, approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely.
  6. After it has cooled completely, spread the reserved cream cheese mixture onto the bars.  Refrigerate until firm; then cut into squares and serve.

Lemony Goodness!


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Miz Helen March 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Hi Lisa,
We would just love your Cream Cheese Lemon Bars, they look yummy! I am sharing my Chipotle Chocolate Molten Cake today. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for hosting the party for us!
Miz Helen


Alea March 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Your lemon bars look luscious! I linked up my Mocha Fudge Bundt Cake, which also starts with a cake mix.


Semi Domesticated Mama March 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Thanks so much for hosting. That cake looks so amazingly yummy! Have a great Tuesday.


Winnie March 6, 2012 at 12:49 am

Hi Lisa

I love you lemon bars! These are the kind of bars that disappear quite fast.

I’m sharing today my “Hamantashen – triangular shortbread cookies”
Thanks for hosting, and hope you have a great week


City Share March 6, 2012 at 6:12 am

I love anything with lemon too! Those look great! This week I’m sharing a recipe for chicken with mushrooms and zucchini. Thanks for hosting.


Elsa March 6, 2012 at 6:45 am

I love lemon desserts as well. Most of my desserts are either lemon or coconut. 🙂 I am linking up a chocolate swirl cheesecake recipe today.


Carrie @ My Favorite Finds March 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

I agree, lemon is one of my favorites, especially in spring/summer. I am sharing my Black Bean and Avocado Salad today. Thanks so much for hosting.


Rachel @ My Happily Ever After March 6, 2012 at 10:59 am

Omg this just sounds sinful! Must try!


Michelle March 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I’m with you on the lemon. It adds such a great fresh burst to desserts! Yum – and so like the usual lemon bars I see. I love this idea.


Helen March 7, 2012 at 6:43 am

anything with lemon has to be good, you can’t go wrong with lemon! lol


Kate March 7, 2012 at 10:33 am

Those bars look delicious! Thanks for hosting!


Nicole March 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

Those lemon bars look fantastic!


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