Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sweet Treat: Cream Cheese Lemon Bars

I had to bring a dish to the NYE party we went to last night and if there is one thing I am it's a dessert lover, so I decided to try out a new dessert I found on Pinterest.  My grandma used to make these amazing lemon meringue and key lime pies when I was younger, so I grew up loving lemon and lime flavors.  These cream cheese lemon bars are yummy and easy to make.  They turned out well, but next time I add more lemon zest because I like lemon and limey things to be nice and tart.  You can always add more or less zest depending on how tart you like your citrus desserts.
I adapted this recipe from Jam Hands.


1 lemon cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg

1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
2 eggs
8 ounces of cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, melted
3  3/4 cup powdered sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice from 1/2 a lemon

1.   Preheat oven to 350-f degrees.

2. For the crust, mix together the dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg.  
Mix well. The mixture will be somewhat thick. 
Press into a greased 9×13 baking pan and set aside.

3. For the filling, beat cream cheese until smooth. 
Add the vanilla extract, eggs, melted butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest. 

4.   Mix together well and add powdered sugar. 
Mix until the powdered sugar is fully incorporated.

5. Spread filling over crust.

6.  Bake for 38-42 minutes, until lightly brown and 
when gently shaken the center will only slightly jiggle.

7. Cool and cut into small bars. 
(I cooled mine in the fridge for a little bit before I cut them.)  

8.  Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

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