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Gooey Lemon Bars Recipe

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I am hands-down a chocolate dessert lover, but I have a special place in my heart for all things lemon. :)
My mom has been making these lemon bars for a long time and she always gets requests to bring them to parties or showers. They are my favorite lemon bar ever- I think it’s the lemon frosting on top.
If you are a lemon-lover like myself, you have to give these a try!
Cakey Crust Layer:
1 package Lemon Cake Mix

1/2 c butter
1 egg, slightly beaten

Combine and mix with fork. Press down in a 9×13 pan with greased bottom. Set aside while you work on next layers:

Middle Layer/Frosting:

2-3 cups powdered sugar

3-4 T butter
Lemon juice
3-5 drops Yellow Food coloring
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix powdered sugar and butter. Add enough lemon juice to form the consistency of thick frosting. Then mix in cream cheese and yellow food coloring. Set aside 1 cup of frosting to spread on top after baking (be sure to not skip this step!). Add eggs to remaining frosting mixture and beat til fluffy. Spread on top of cake mix in the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes (every oven is different . . . you don’t want them to be overdone, so watch them carefully). Let cool completely and then spread reserved frosting mixture on top.

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  1. says

    My sister and little nephew are huge lemon fans, and I quite enjoy it too, so, these look delish…I think I’ll have to try these! Thanks for the recipe!

    Liesl :)

  2. says

    I am ridiculously excited to try this! I tried some lemon bars once at a party and I could tell by the flavor that they had lemon cake mix in them but I have not found a recipe to compare with that one… yet. I’m hoping this is it!

    • Cyd says

      Just watch them closely. We cook ours in a glass pan so we can tell what the bottom crust is doing. You don’t want it to get too brown or they are dry. Cook on the low end of the cooking time and keep checking til light golden. They are good gooey!!

  3. Michele Seidel says

    Looks like a great recipe as I am a huge lemon fan. Is the middle supposed to get brown on top or just he crust? Is that the part that is gooey like meringue?

    • Cyd says

      The bottom layer is kind of a soft crust. Then the middle layer is gooey lemon. Then when cooled add the frosting. It doesn’t really get brown when you cook it. Just follow the instructions and check on it periodically when it’s almost done cooking. So yummy!

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