Gooey Lemon Bars Recipe

Gooey Lemon Bars from
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!

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Serves: 16 bars

Gooey Lemon Bars Recipe

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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    Cake Layer:
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) box lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Middle Layer/Frosting:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • Lemon juice
  • 3-5 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients for the cake layer in a mixing bowl. Press down in a 9x13-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine powdered sugar and butter.
  4. Add enough lemon juice to form the consistency of a thick frosting.
  5. Beat in cream cheese and yellow food coloring until smooth.
  6. Set aside 1 cup of frosting to spread on top after baking (be sure to not skip this step!).
  7. Add eggs to remaining frosting mixture and beat until fluffy.
  8. Spread on top of cake mix in the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until barely golden brown.
  9. Let cool completely and then spread reserved frosting mixture on top and serve.



157 cal


5 g


28 g


1 g
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16 Responses to “Gooey Lemon Bars Recipe”

    • 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!!
    • 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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