Cream Cheese Lemon Bars Recipe

There’s something wonderful about the zingy taste of lemon paired with the richness of cream cheese!

These lemon bars are a twist on the traditional ones. They’re made using Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough – but if you are in the UK you will know you can’t get crescent roll dough here! Don’t worry, because the nearest substitute is fresh puff pastry dough which you can find in the chiller section of your supermarket.


1 box lemon cake mix
1/3 cup butter or margarine – softened
1 egg
8 ounces cream cheese – softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 lemon – grated
2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Container: 9 x 13 baking pan and a mixing bowl


In a mixing bowl, blend dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg. press into a 9 x 13 pan, ungreased. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually blend in the powdered sugar. Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth.

Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture and refrigerate it for later use. Beat the remaining 2 eggs, add the vanilla, and then beat this mixture into the remaining cream cheese mixture until well blended. Spread over the cake mixture. Bake at 350° until set, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely. Spread the reserved cream cheese mixture onto the bars.

Refrigerate until firm; then cut into squares and serve.

Enjoy !