Cream Cheese Lemon Bars Recipe

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This cream cheese lemon bars recipe is a yummy variation of lemon bars using lemon cake mix. They are an easy treat that are great for any get together!

Cream Cheese Lemon Bars Recipe

Here’s another twist on the usual lemon bars recipe that uses lemon cake mix. They are great for any get together – ladies for tea or church potluck.

Cream Cheese Lemon Bars Recipe

1 box lemon cake mix
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 lemon, grated
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

 Mix cake mix, butter and egg. Press into 9×13 ungreased pan. Beat cream cheese and sugar. Stir in lemon peel and juice. Reserve 1/2 cup of this and chill for later use. Beat in remaining 2 eggs and vanilla into cream cheese mix. Spread over cake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool and spread with reserved cream cheese mixture. Chill until firm.


  1. Rachel H says

    Mmm! these sound so yummy, my husband loves lemon desserts. He especially loves the frozen Marie Callendar lemon pie. it’s expensive, I’ll pick one up if I catch it on sale.

  2. says

    I want to experiment the recipe with other cake mixes, and substituting other fruits for lemon. What about reducing the butter with applesauce or mashed banana for reducing fat?

    • says

      You could try it. The thing is any time whether in this recipe or another when you exchange the butter with other things it changes the richness, texture and flavor which is nothing wrong with that it just means the recipe will be different from the original.

  3. Grizzly bear mom says

    Bindu, I have replaced butter with applesauce when making chocolate chip cookies. They taste very good, but not outstanding like they do normally. Also, they are denser, and don’t have as pleasing a texture because butter would have melted and made the dough flaky and light. In this case I think that the crust is a essential part of the recipe. I would try experimenting by only replacing 1/2 of the butter and see what you come up with. If you do try it, report back.

    • says

      Peter I have never tried it but I wonder if you add some lemon flavoring or juice to a regular white cake if that would work for you.

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