Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie Bars

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie Bars - one of our family's favorite desserts!

Friends – I’m no good at sticking to a diet.  There are just too many delicious treats out there.  Once I start thinking about something yummy, I can’t get it out of my head.  Take these Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie bars, for example.  Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie Bars - a chewy cookie base topped with a lemon cream cheese filling

They’re heaven in a pan.  My mom says she found the recipe on a cake mix when we were kids, but since they’ve been in her recipe box for 35 years, she can’t tell me just which box they came from.  They’re quick to make – the perfect blend of a chewy lemon cookie with creamy sweet filling.  You mix just a few ingredients with a package of lemon cake mix and then press a portion of this into a baking pan.  After baking for a few minutes, you take the cookie base out of the oven and spread a lemon cream cheese mixture over the top.  Sprinkle the rest of the cake mix mixture over the top and bake again.  The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for the cookies to cool down enough to cut into them.  Yum!

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie Bars - a chewy cookie base topped with a lemon cream cheese filling

 

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie Bars - a chewy cookie base topped with a lemon cream cheese filling

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Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie Bars
 
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Chewy lemon cookie bars with a citrus cream cheese filling and cookie crumble top.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. lemon cake mix (I use Betty Crocker).
  • 2 eggs (1 for crumble mixture, 1 for cream cheese mixture)
  • ⅓ C. vegetable oil
  • ⅓ C. sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix 1 package of dry cake mix, 1 egg, and vegetable oil until blended and crumbly.
  3. Reserve 1 cup of crumbly mixture; set aside.
  4. Pat remaining mixture into a 13 x 9 in. baking pan and bake for 12 minutes.
  5. In separate bowl, beat together softened cream cheese, 1 egg, sugar, lemon peel, and lemon juice.
  6. Beat until smooth and fluffy.
  7. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over baked crumble mixture.
  8. Sprinkle reserved crumble mixture over the top of cream cheese layer.
  9. Bake 15 minutes longer or until crumb topping is just beginning to brown.
  10. Allow to cool completely, cut into bars, and eat up!!

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie Bars - a chewy cookie base topped with a lemon cream cheese fillingHere’s the other hard part – try really, really hard not to eat the entire pan in one day.

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookie Bars - one of our family's favorite desserts!

Comments

  1. Mary L says

    They look delicious and easy to make. Thank you for the recipe…I will be making it for my family.

  2. Dena says

    These look yummy, but I just want to verify pan size. The recipe indicates a 9×13, however your one picture certainly looks like a square pan. Can you please confirm size. Thanks.

    • girlinspired says

      Hi Dena! I did use a 10×10 square pan this time – either size will work fine. I typically use a 9×13, but it was occupied at the time. ;)

  3. says

    I just made these! I had to make my own cake mix because I didn’t have any on hand, so I added some lemon juice, peel, and extract to that as well. It’s delicious! Thank you for sharing! =)

  4. Michaella says

    I have the exact same recipe – my mom’s had it for years, too! It’s a holiday- and pot luck-must, and the only thing I’m ever asked to bring.

  5. Mara Salinas says

    I have been looking for this recipe for years! When I was a kid my mother’s friend used to bring these to every get together and I loved them. My mom has since lost touch with the woman but I have always remembered the delicious lemon bars. Can’t wait to make them.

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