Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Homemade lemon bars from a mix? Incredibly good!

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

How many lemons do you need for this recipe? One will be fine - it will yield 1 1/2 to 3 teaspoons grated peel and 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice.

Bake bars in the exact pan size called for in a recipe to ensure moist (not over-baked) bars.

Special Touch: Garnish each bar with a curl of lemon peel for an extra-special touch.


  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® lemon or yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for dark or nonstick pan).
  2. In large bowl, beat dry cake mix, butter and 1 of the eggs with electric mixer on low speed until crumbly. Press into bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch pan.
  3. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth.
  4. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed.
  5. Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup; refrigerate.
  6. Beat remaining 2 eggs into remaining cream cheese mixture on medium speed until blended. Spread over cake mixture.
  7. Bake bars 23 to 28 minutes or until set.
  8. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  9. Spread with reserved cream cheese mixture.
  10. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until firm.
  11. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows.
  12. Store covered in refrigerator.

Prep: 20 min | Total: 4 hr 45 min | Yield: 48 bars

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

Nutrition Information: 1 Bar: Calories 90 (Calories from Fat 35); Total Fat 4g (Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 20mg; Sodium 95mg; Total Carbohydrate 11g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 8g); Protein 1g

Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 2%; Iron 0%

Exchanges: 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Betty Crocker