Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cream Cheese Lemon Bars

I think these are my new favorite lemon bars. I LOVED them as did everyone else that had them. I think the crust made with the lemon cake mix really added to the recipe. I will be making these again at Christmas since my dad loves lemon desserts!
Cream Cheese Lemon Bar

1 box lemon cake mix
1/3 c butter, softened
1 egg
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 lemon rind grated
2 T lemon juice or 1/2 fresh lemon squeezed
2 eggs
1 t vanilla

In a mixing bowl, blend dry cake mix, butter and 1 egg.  Press into a 9 x 13 ungreased pan.

Beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Gradually blend in the powdered sugar.  Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth.  Reserve 1/2 c of this mixture and refrigerate it for later use.

Beat the remaining 2 eggs, add the vanilla and then beat this mixture into the remaining cream chesse mixture until well blended.  Spread over the cake mixture.

Bake at 350 until set---about 25-30 minutes.  Cool completely.  Spread the reserved cream cheese mixture onto the bars.  Refigerate until firm.  Cut into squares and serve.

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