Luscious Lemon Bars

    2 hours 50 min

    A great snack for anytime of the day. A lemon base is topped with a lemon cream cheese and lemony crumbles. Simple and utterly delicious.

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    Makes: 1 20x30cm tin

    • 520g lemon cake sponge mix
    • 1 egg
    • 125ml vegetable oil
    • 225g cream cheese
    • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:2hr cooling  ›  Ready in:2hr50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Add the egg and oil; mix until well blended. Mixture will be slightly dry. Reserve 2 handfuls for the topping and pat the rest into an ungreased 20x30cm baking tin.
    3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Spread the mixture evenly over the baked base. Crumble the reserved cake mix mixture over the top.
    4. Bake for an additional 15 minutes in the preheated oven or until filling is set and the topping is lightly toasted. Cool before cutting into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.

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    These bars are really good despite how easy they are! I've found that to take away the "cake mix" flavor of the bars, I use a yellow cake mix and add a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a tsp. or so of lemon zest (or lemon extract works well if you don't have fresh lemon zest). To make these bars a bit prettier, I drizzle them lightly with a powdered sugar/lemon juice glaze, and cut them into diamonds or triangles.  -  16 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Made these for a graduation party!!! Fabulous and so easy...I couldn't find a Lemon Cake mix with the pudding already in, so I added a small package of Lemon Instant pudding and it worked out great! Will make again!  -  25 Jul 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    very nice. Made exactly as stated but did add 1/2 tsp. lemon extract to the cream cheese layer and the grated peel from 1 lemon. These were not sweet and sickening, and had a wonderful lemon flavor with the zest. The cream cheese layer offset what could otherwise be a very sweet rich bar. I didn't think they tasted like cake mix at all. I would definitely make again. *Make sure they are completely cool before cutting. Thanks for the nice recipe.  -  28 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)