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Cream Cheese Lemon Bar Recipe

These are no ordinary lemon bars! These creamy, dreamy dessert bars will be the talk of the dessert table.

Cream Cheese Lemon Bar Recipe
Cream Cheese Lemon Bar Recipe

There's no doubt that you will love the flavor of these Cream Cheese Lemon Bars. Have some napkins ready, because you'll be indulging in these dessert bars so much that you won't even realize what a mess you're making.

A perfect blending of cream cheese and lemon, these cream cheese bars will have you falling in love at first bite. In fact, bar recipes don't get any more perfect than this. Dessert bar recipes like this will help pick you up if you're having a bad day and put a smile on your face.

Bring these lemon squares to any event, and you will have crowds swooning over how delicious and gooey they are. Perfect for a bright summer day or a rainy afternoon indoors, these lemon squares are just what you need to add a splash of yellow to your life.


Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time50 min



  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 1 jar lemon curd
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest from 1 1/2 lemons
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

  2. For the shortbread layer, whisk together flour, sugar, salt. Cut butter into the flour mixture. Press into the baking dish.

  3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until slightly golden. Set aside to cool.

  4. For the lemon curd layer, spread lemon curd evenly over the cooled shortbread layer. Let set.

  5. Prepare the cream cheese layer. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add the lemon zest and juice.

  6. Carefully spread the cream cheese layer over the shortbread and lemon curd layer.

  7. Bake until the top is set about 25 to 30 minutes.

  8. Remove from oven and let sit at room temperature for 45 minutes.

  9. Refrigerate for 2-2 ½  hours before cutting into bars.

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Can you use a mix of flours in this recipe? I would like to use half and half wheat and white flour to give this dessert a little more fiber. I love that you chose lemon to break through the creamy flavor. I think the pairing will be excellent as a dessert.

I loved the flavor of these lemon bars, but they were a little messy to eat. The combination of lemon and cream cheese was incredible.

Loved these lemon bars. I thought that they had the perfect lemon flavor for me. They tasted just how I expected them to, which was really nice.

I'm an easy sell on lemon desserts, and so I liked these a lot. I still think I prefer more traditional lemon bars, though.

The crust on these was a bit too hard, but otherwise they were very tasty! I love lemon flavor, so I'd probably add a bit more, but for most people I think it's probably enough lemon.

I wasn't a huge fan of the crust these bars had. I do, however, love lemon desserts, and the flavor was spot on for me. A little more tart than sweet, which is just how I like it. I wish the crust would have been softer. I'd probably remake them with a graham cracker crust next time.

Light and fresh, creamy and crunchy, all in the same bite. I loved these lemon bars!

I wasn't a huge fan. They're both tart and sweet, and a little too much of both.


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