Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Homemade lemon bars from a mix? Incredibly good!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 45 min
  • Servings 48

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ lemon or yellow cake mix
1/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
3
eggs
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1
cup powdered sugar
2
teaspoons grated lemon peel
2
tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). In large bowl, beat dry cake mix, butter and 1 of the eggs with electric mixer on low speed until crumbly. Press in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed. Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup; refrigerate. Beat remaining 2 eggs into remaining cream cheese mixture on medium speed until blended. Spread over cake mixture.
  • 3 Bake bars 23 to 28 minutes or until set. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Spread with reserved cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until firm. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

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 overbaked) bars.

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

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
70
(
Calories from Fat
30),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
95mg
95%;
Total Carbohydrate
10g
10%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.