March 09, 2011
Lemon Cheese Bars
Don't let the name scare you...these bars are really yummy! The combination of cream cheese and lemon juice makes the filling close to the consistency and flavor of lemon curd. Add more or less juice depending on how lemony you like. Also, for a less intense lemon flavor you can sub a plain yellow cake mix for the lemon one.
1 box lemon flavored cake mix
1/2 cup butter (melted)
8 0u. cream cheese at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
juice and zest from 2 lemons
Mix cake mix, melted butter, and 1 egg with an electric mixer. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture. Press the rest into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 pan using your fingers. Bake this at 350 for about 15 minutes or until just turning golden brown.
In the same bowl and same beater mix cream cheese, sugar, remaining egg, lemon juice and lemon zest. Spread this mixture over the baked bottom. Crumble reserved cake mix mixture over the top. Return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until the filling is just starting to set. Cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting.