Lemon Cheesecake Bars


These creamy lemon cheesecake bars have a smoother texture than the usual custard texture of a boxed lemon bar mix. I just about died when I had them the first time. A good friend made them for another friend's birthday. I immediately asked her for the recipe as my Christmas present. She courteously obliged. They are the best!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
1 9x13 pan



  • 1 ½ cups shortbread cookie crumbs

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup cold butter

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 4 teaspoons confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.

  2. Mix shortbread crumbs, flour, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in butter using 2 knives or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press over the bottom of the prepared pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and white sugar using an electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs and flour. Mix well. Blend in lemon juice, lemon zest, and baking powder. Pour filling over the crust.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until center is set, 25 to 28 minutes. Let cool completely, at least 45 minutes. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar right before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

411 Calories
21g Fat
53g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 411
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 98mg 2%

* 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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