Lemon Cream Cheese Bars


This lemon cream cheese bar recipe is easy and tastes divine. Nothing brings a recipe to life like fresh lemons! For a change of pace from custard-style lemon bars, you need to look no further.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
1 9x13-inch baking dish


  • cooking spray

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent roll dough (such as Pillsbury® Recipe Creations®), divided

  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced, divided

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.

  2. Unroll 1 crescent roll dough; press into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, stretching to the edges.

  3. Mix together lemon juice and 3/4 of the lemon zest in a large bowl. Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar into juice-zest mixture with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; spread over crescent roll dough in the baking dish.

  4. Unroll remaining crescent roll dough and place over cream cheese mixture, stretching to the edges. Brush melted butter on top. Mix together 3 tablespoons sugar and remaining lemon zest in a small bowl; sprinkle over melted butter.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes.

  6. Lift dessert from the baking dish using foil; transfer to a cutting board. Cut into squares, leaving on foil. Return dessert to the baking dish and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

    a close up, low angle view of a stack of lemon cream cheese bars


You can make this recipe with Splenda and low-fat cream cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

171 Calories
12g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 171
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 209mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 7mg 36%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 36mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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