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Frosted Gooey Lemon Bars Recipe

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!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Dessert Recipe, Frosted lemon bars, Gooey lemon bars with a cake mix, Lemon bars recipe
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 324kcal


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • 9x13-inch Baking Pan
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray


Cake Layer:

  • 15.25 ounces lemon cake mix
  • ½ 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
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 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.
  • In a large bowl combine powdered sugar and butter.
  • Add enough lemon juice to form the consistency of a thick frosting.
  • Beat in cream cheese and yellow food coloring until smooth.
  • 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 until fluffy.
  • Spread on top of cake mix in the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until barely golden brown.
  • Let cool completely and then spread reserved frosting mixture on top and serve.


  • 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.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg