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Easy Lemon Cheesecake Bars

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Perfectly light and sweet, these lemon cheesecake bars are great for a spring or summer dessert!  Made with a graham cracker base and a delicious lemon cheesecake filling, these bars are simply irresistible.

If you’re like us and love lemon desserts, be sure to try a few more of our favorites; Best Lemon Cupcakes Recipe, Strawberry Lemonade Cookies, or Lemon Poppyseed Muffins with Blueberry Glaze.

lemon cheesecake squares topped with whipped cream

Warmer weather has me so excited for all things summer, including fresh summery foods. These lemon cheesecake bars are deliciously light, creamy and lemony, They are perfect for a spring party, a summer potluck, or just when you’re craving something light and sweet!

How to Make Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Prep – Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  You’ll also want to grab a 9 by 9 baking pan, line it with parchment paper and give it a shot with a little cooking spray.

It’s All About The Base – To make the delicious base of your cheesecake bars, you’ll start by combining the crushed graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl. Press the graham cracker base evenly . Bake the crust in the oven for 5 minutes.  Let it cool while you’re prepping the cheesecake filling.

a cheesecake filling being whipped in a bowl

Make The Filling – Start by beating the cream cheese until it’s nice and smooth.  This should take about 1 minute.  Next, add an egg, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest, and sugar.  You can also add 1 to 2 drops of yellow food coloring if you want your cheesecake bars to have a yellow color.  Mix everything for about 2-3 minutes until the mixture is completely smooth.

Recipe Tip – I only like using regular cream cheese for this recipe.  I don’t like the taste of a reduced fat cream cheese.  It just doesn’t have the same rich taste as the regular cream cheese.

a cream cheese mixture poured on top of a graham cracker crust

Combine – Pour the cheesecake filling over crust and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until the middle is no longer jiggly. Allow the lemon cheesecake to set at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

a lemon cheesecake before going into the oven

Chill – Cover everything and then place it in the fridge for 3 hours.  You can also chill the cheesecake bars overnight before slicing and serving.

lemon cheesecake bars on a cookie stand

More Easy Cheesecake Recipes

How good do these lemon cheesecake bars look??? Here is the printable recipe so you can enjoy them!

lemon cheesecake squares topped with whipped cream
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Lemon Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Perfectly light and lemony, these lemon cheesecake bars are great for a spring or summer dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minutes or less, cheesecake, lemon
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 9 squares
Calories 324 kcal

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 8 graham cracker sheets or 16 squares
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 3 TBS melted butter

For the Lemon Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 TBS flour
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Press tinfoil or parchment paper into a 9inch square pan. Spray lightly with nonstick spray.

  2. Crush your graham crackers using your food processor till a fine crumb is formed.
  3. Combine your graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool, while preparing filling.
  6. Beat your cream cheese until smooth, for about 1 minute.
  7. Add in your egg, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar. (Add 1 to 2 drops of yellow food coloring if you want yellow colored bars)
  8. Mix for 2-3 minutes until mixture is completely smooth.
  9. Pour mixture over crust and bake in oven for 25 minutes until the middle is no longer jiggly.
  10. Allow to set at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cover and place in fridge for 3 hours, or overnight before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Cheesecake Bars Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 284mg12%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 820IU16%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Enjoy!

lemon cheesecake bars with whipped cream on a serving dish

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Ellen and Aimee are the mother & daughter duo behind the blog Like Mother Like Daughter. They share their favorite family recipes that will quickly become favorites for your family too! Aimee was a contributor on Somewhat Simple in 2016.

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