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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!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minutes or less, cheesecake, lemon
Servings: 9 squares
Calories: 324kcal


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


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Press tinfoil or parchment paper into a 9inch square pan. Spray lightly with nonstick spray.
  • Crush your graham crackers using your food processor till a fine crumb is formed.
  • Combine your graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, while preparing filling.
  • Beat your cream cheese until smooth, for about 1 minute.
  • 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)
  • Mix for 2-3 minutes until mixture is completely smooth.
  • Pour mixture over crust and bake in oven for 25 minutes until the middle is no longer jiggly.
  • Allow to set at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cover and place in fridge for 3 hours, or overnight before slicing and serving.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg