These bars are great and easy to make. Hope you like them!

Peggy
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Add the egg and oil; mix until well blended. Mixture will be slightly dry. Reserve one cup for the topping, and pat the rest into an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.

  • 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 crust. Crumble the reserved cake mix mixture over the top.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

284.3 calories; 3.6 g protein; 30.2 g carbohydrates; 37.7 mg cholesterol; 295.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2005
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
These lemon bars were pretty good and very easy for my kids to make. Although they didn't like them, they did have fun making them. I listened to some of the other reviewers and doubled the filling, I don't think these would have been very good at all if I hadn't. Read More
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231 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 145
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 20
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2005
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2003
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made these for a party and was a little leery only because I don't like making things for gatherings that I haven't tried before-it's so embarrassing to make something that turns out terrible. These are awesome. So much better than any lemon bar I have ever made and I'm a huge lemon bar fan. So for those of you that are non-believers like me this one rocks. As per other suggestions I did double the filling and added a little extra lemon (juice of two lemons total) Perfect. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
This was a really good lemon bar recipe however it really needs to have double the filling. Also the amount of lemon juice the recipe calls for makes for a really mild lemony flavor. I would suggest if you like the bars to be lemony increasing the amount of lemon juice. We used 5 tbls in ours. This recipe passed my boyfriend's taste test--and we've been through every box recipe the stores have to offer! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I used a lemon cake mix and a small box of lemon pudding for the crust and then i doubled the filling using juice from 3 lemons it was a hit everyone loved them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2003
A very quick and easy bar to make. Nice and light and lemony tasting. Cuts well for great presentation. Will definatly make again! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2007
Very good. I did decrease sugar in cream cheese mixture to 1/4 cup doubled juice and added lemon zest. Not too sweet as others had said. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2003
We really enjoyed the recipe....very tasty and so easy to make. We like ours a little more lemony so we used juice from two large lemons. Very good....A keeper! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
These lemon bars were pretty good and very easy for my kids to make. Although they didn't like them, they did have fun making them. I listened to some of the other reviewers and doubled the filling, I don't think these would have been very good at all if I hadn't. Read More
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