Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

5 from 6 votes

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Lemon Cream Cheese Bars are tangy, sweet, soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious. These tasty treats are always a crowd pleaser!

Cream Cheese Lemon Bars stacked on a plate.

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars are a true family favorite. My mom made these for years when we were growing up and we all loved them. The luscious, creamy bar cookies took center stage at every family reunion, every picnic, and every weekend lake trip and they were always the first thing to be devoured. I like them more than a traditional lemon bar recipe because they’re much creamier and more like cheesecake. The buttery crust and crumble on top complement the light, fluffy lemony filling too. They’re so yummy; you will absolutely love this recipe.

Tips for the Perfect Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

  • These bars taste delicious cold. When we were little, our mom would pack them in a cooler and bring them to the lake. I also love them right out of the refrigerator. They are a bit more chewy when they’re cold, which I love!
  • You can get fancy and top these with raspberries or strawberries too. So delicious!
  • Store Lemon Cream Cheese Bars covered in the refrigerator for up to five days. Serve at room temperature by allowing them to rest on the counter for about thirty minutes.
  • When mixing the filling, make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature! Cream cheese at room temperature mixes up light and fluffy with absolutely no lumps.

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Cream Cheese Lemon Bars stacked on a plate.

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

5 from 6 votes
Lemon Cream Cheese Bars are tangy, sweet, soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious. These tasty treats are always a crowd pleaser!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 bars


  • Conventional Oven
  • 9 X 13 inch Pan



  • Combine dry cake mix, vegetable oil, and 1 egg until crumbly. 
  • Reserve one cup of crumble mixture and set aside. 
  • Spread remainder of crumbs in a 9×13 pan and pat down to form a crust. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until crust is lightly golden brown. 
  • Place remaining ingredients in a bowl; whip until fluffy and light. Spread over baked crumb mixture and crumble the reserved cup of crumbs over the top. 
  • Return to oven and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool and cut. Delicious!


Nutrition Information

Calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 308mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 235IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 0.9mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    These Lemon Bars did not last long at our house! They were AMAZING!! I will be making these again and again! Thank you!

  2. Could I make these two and a half days prior to serving?
    What about one and a half days?
    Will the quality suffer a lot?
    Refrigerate or not?

    1. Yes, you can make them ahead and keep them covered with plastic wrap in the fridge for a few days. The quality and taste will not suffer. Thanks for asking!

  3. I’ve made this recipe for years. It’s always wonderful. Always requested. Try them…you’ll love them!!

  4. I made these for a pot luck party I attended and they were an epic fail for me. They tasted okay but I didn’t feel they cooked up properly – just too gooey for my liking. Once I saw how gooey they were, I did cook longer than the recipe called for. I won’t be making these again but wish others the best of luck with them!

  5. Made these for a company bake sale. They sold them out first. Lol. Making again today for me and my team as a pick my up for a rough few days! Thank you!
    I do add lemon zest to the filling and the base for extra lemon flavor. Don’t want to waste lemon!

    1. Woohoo! It is always nice to be the “hot” item at bake sales haha. So glad that you (and your company) like them!

  6. These sound delicious. I would like to know the nutritional information first. My husband is diabetic and this would be very helpful for us. Thanks

    1. At this time we are unable to provide nutritional information but you can plug the recipe in a nutritional calculator like livestrong.com and you will be able to find the nutritional info!