Amazing Lemon Cheesecake Bars

21 May

Thank you all for your prayers and comments for Dolly on Friday.  Those of us who get to know and love her in person appreciate every single word.  She did well through the weekend, but, of course, could use your continued prayers as she starts this process.

photo source: krusteaz.com

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe here.  (That’s probably because I don’t really cook/bake very much {grin}.)  I made some lemon bars for the first time this weekend and they were SO good.  The amazing thing about them is they started with a box of Krusteaz Lemon Bar mix {gasp} and got doctored up a bit.  They were also super easy to make.  We ate them so fast, I didn’t eve get a picture.  :)

Amazing Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 package Krusteaz Lemon Bar Mix (1 pouch each lemon filling mix and complete crust)
  • 8 oz (1 cup) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 8x8x2-inch pan.
  • Press full pouch of complete crust firmly into bottom of pan.
  • Bake 8 minutes (crust will be pale).
  • Place cream cheese and sugar in medium bowl.
  • Using an electric mixer, mix on low speed until smooth.
  • Add 1 egg and vanilla.
  • Continue to mix on low speed until smooth.
  • Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over hot crust.
  • In another bowl, stir full pouch lemon filling mix, water and 3 eggs together using a whisk until eggs are well incorporated.
  • Pour lemon filling over cream cheese layer. (Rachel’s note: try to pour small amounts as evenly as you can on top of the cream cheese layer.  The lemon filling sinks to the bottom of the cream cheese layer, so you do not have a chance to spread it.)
  • Bake 35-40 minutes or until center does not jiggle when shaken.
  • Cool completely and cut into squares. (Rachel’s note: Can cool in the refrigerator if short on time. We ate them when they were just barely still warm and they were great.)
  • Store covered in the refrigerator.  This part may be unnecessary because they may not last long enough to store.  :)

Wishing and hoping your week gets off to a great start!
♥ Rachel

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6 Responses to “Amazing Lemon Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Cancer Warrior May 21, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    mmmmmmm……looks delish!

  2. The Savvy Sister May 21, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    OK…wait a minute…..weren’t you the one who posted about “healthy eating habits”? not long ago? (wink)

  3. Cara Olsen May 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    If I may . . . the entire philosophy behind eating well the “majority” of the time, is so that, when the times comes and you’ve earned a splurge, you can have one! And a lemon bar couldn’t be a better way to celebrate that splurge. Mmm….

  4. Ryan Rose August 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    These lemon cheesecake bars look delicious!

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