Creamy Lemon Bars

Creamy Lemon Bars @themerrythoughtThese bars are one of my favorite desserts! After making them and taking my photos, and finally getting to eat one I thought, man, I do not make these enough! (So many treats, so little time – ha!) I love lemon desserts and these are the perfect blend of lemon-y sweetness with a little kick of tart! And it’s on a shortbread crust, so it really couldn’t be more perfect. I love to take these to spring gatherings (Easter/babies showers/bridal showers) – they’re always a hit!Creamy Lemon Bars @themerrythoughtCreamy Lemon Bars @themerrythoughtCreamy Lemon Bars

Shortbread Crust:
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg white
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons lemon zest
3-4 tablespoons lemon juice (I like a good amount of lemon juice in mine)
powdered sugar for dusting on top

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper (or line pan with foil and spray with cooking spray), set aside.

Blend butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl with pastry blender until well combined. Gradually mix in 3/4 cup flour. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10-12 min.

Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and granulated sugar in medium bowl with mixer until well blended. Add egg and egg white, beating well. Add the 2 tablespoons flour, lemon zest and juice; mix well.

Pour cream cheese mixture over crust. Bake 22-25 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Keep refrigerated. (I think this tastes best chilled for a bit)

Adapted from Kraft

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  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:26 pm

    Sarah - These look amazing! I love lemon bars. I love how natural and creamy your version looks. I definitely need to give them a try.


  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 1:48 pm

    Maritza - These bars look so yummy and gorgeous. Lemon is the perfect flavor for spring!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 5:31 pm

    Natalie - Lemon cake is my absolute favourite springtime treat. I’ve never had a lemon bar, but my mouth is watering just thinking about these, I think my humble cake might have some competition on its hands

    – Natalie

  • Friday, March 24, 2017 - 3:29 am

    Romi - Lemon Cake! yummy. Love this lemon bars. I will try it at home for my kids.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, March 24, 2017 - 6:09 am

    Lisa - These look delicious! I love anything lemon flavoured. Such a fresh flavour.ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 10:28 am

    Angelina Stroumpouli - Hey there!

    I have a thing for lemon desserts! I need to make this recipe for Easter holidays. I’m not going to give anything to my family, I will eat all of them on my own! Haha…

    Lots of love,

  • Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 1:41 pm

    kelli b - i made these yesterday and they were perfect! i didn’t have an 8×8 pan, so i used a pie pan, but the recipe still checked out and turned out exactly as it should. my kids and husband love them! i’ll probably make a second batch tonight. thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

    • Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:22 am

      Manda - Yay – so glad you like them!!ReplyCancel