Cream Cheese Lemon Cookie Bars


I am on a lemon kick. I just can’t seem to get enough tart lemon flavor! My all time favorite lemon treat? Classic Lemon Bars. I have a dear friend Lisa who makes the best lemons bars EVER! All other lemon bars are always compared to Lisa’s, the standard has been set, and it is extremely high.

I have her recipe and I’ve made it many times. Alas, no matter how hard I try, they never turn out as good as hers! Seriously, among our circle of friends Lisa is famous for her Lemon Bars. What’s a girl to do? Scour Pinterest for a new lemon bar recipe.

Oh man, these Cream Cheese Lemon Bar Cookies from Girl.Inspired do not disappoint. I was surprised to find these bars are made with lemon cake mix. I had them in the oven in about 10 minutes!

The textures of the flaky crust and crumbled topping combined with the creamy lemon filling have made them a new family favorite. If you are a luvr of lemon these bars are a must!

Cream Cheese Lemon Cookie Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 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 your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix 1 egg, vegetable oil and 1 package of dry cake mix until crumbly.'
  3. Keep 1 cup of the crumbly mixture and set aside.
  4. Pat the rest of the mixture into a 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. In a different bowl mix together soft cream cheese, 1 egg, sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice.
  6. Beat until fluffy and smooth.
  7. Spread softened cream cheese mixture evenly over the baked crumbly mixture.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the reserved crumbly mixture over the softened cream cheese mixture.
  9. Bake 15 minutes longer or until crumbly mixture starts to turrn light golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven, allow to cool completely. Cut into bars, serve and enjoy.
  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  12. Mix 1 package of dry cake mix, 1 egg, and vegetable oil until blended and crumbly.
  13. Reserve 1 cup of crumbly mixture; set aside.
  14. Pat remaining mixture into a 13 x 9 in. baking pan and bake for 12 minutes.
  15. In separate bowl, beat together softened cream cheese, 1 egg, sugar, lemon peel, and lemon juice.
  16. Beat until smooth and fluffy.
  17. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over baked crumble mixture.
  18. Sprinkle reserved crumble mixture over the top of cream cheese layer.
  19. Bake 15 minutes longer or until crumb topping is just beginning to brown.
  20. Allow to cool completely, cut into bars, and eat up!!

 

Get your lemon flavor on with these great recipes!

Lemon Glazed Shortbread Cookie

Moist Lemon Cake Recipe

Lemon Blueberry Poundcake

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