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Lemony Melt-Away Bars

Posted by Peggy on March 29, 2010

Lemon Bars
Recipe: Lemon Bars


  • 1 box (18-20 ounces) yellow or vanilla cake mix
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice (zest reserved)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Oil or butter for greasing baking dish

Ingredients for top layer

  • 1 pound, less 2 tablespoons, confectioners sugar (reserve tablespoons for sprinkling)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine cake mix, butter, lemon juice and eggs. Wet fingers and press mixture into the bottom of a greased 13X9X2-inch glass baking dish. (Don't be alarmed if mixture is slightly lumpy and firm. Keep wetting fingers and pressing into baking dish.)
  3. In another mixing bowl, with an electric beater, combine confectioners sugar, cream cheese, remaining 2 eggs and lemon zest; beat until creamy. Pour mixture evenly over cake.
  4. Bake on middle rack of oven 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  5. Cool. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Refrigerate until ready to cut into 2 1/2-inch by 1-inch bars.

Active Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 30-40 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 24-30 bars

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