Cream Cheese Lemon Bars


For a change of pace from the standard Southern-style lemon bars, you need to look no further! This cream cheese lemon bar recipe is easy and the taste is divine.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
24 bars


  • cooking spray

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 medium lemons, zested and juiced, divided

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

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


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

  2. Mix 3 tablespoons sugar with 1/4 of the lemon zest; set aside.

  3. Unroll one piece of crescent dough and press in the bottom of the prepared dish, stretching dough to the edges.

  4. Mix lemon juice and remaining lemon zest in a large bowl. Add cream cheese and 1/2 cup white sugar; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Spread over the crescent dough in the pan.

  5. Unroll the second piece of crescent dough and layer over the cream cheese mixture, gently stretching dough to the edges. Brush melted butter on top and sprinkle with reserved sugar-lemon zest mixture.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

  7. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Lift lemon bars from the baking dish using the foil; transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 24 squares, leaving bars on the foil. Lift the foil and transfer the bars back into the baking dish. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

I have also made this with Splenda(R) and low-fat cream cheese and they were just as wonderful.

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 202mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 35mg 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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