Lemon-Raspberry Cream Bars

Lemon bars are a breeze to make when cake mix gives you a jumpstart. Raspberry preserves and cream cheese bump up the yum factor.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 48

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ lemon cake mix
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
2
eggs
3/4
cup raspberry preserves
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons milk
12
oz white chocolate baking bars, chopped
2
to 3 teaspoons powdered sugar

  • 1 Heat oven 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 15x10x1-inch pan.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix cake mix, butter and eggs with spoon until well blended. With floured fingers, press evenly in pan.
  • 3 Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Spread evenly with preserves. Cool 30 minutes.
  • 4 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and milk with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth; set aside.
  • 5 In 1-quart saucepan, melt white chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently. Add warm melted white chocolate to cream cheese mixture; beat on medium speed until creamy (mixture may look slightly curdled). Carefully spread over preserves. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set.
  • 6 Sprinkle powdered sugar over top. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Don't be tempted to use reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel) instead of regular cream cheese. The white chocolate-cream cheese filling may not get firm enough, even when refrigerated.

For Lemon-Strawberry Cream Bars, use strawberry preserves instead of the raspberry.

Present these pretty spring bars on a cake pedestal decorated with fresh raspberries and mint leaves.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
120
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
105mg
105%;
Total Carbohydrate
15g
15%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 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 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.