My Aunt Pam’s Lemon Cheesecake Bars are made with lots of fresh lemon juice and zest so they’re bursting with lemon flavor! Extra creamy, super easy and always a crowd pleaser! Top with powdered sugar, fresh raspberries, and extra lemon zest for a pretty presentation!
I’m a big fan of lemon EVERYTHING all year round but there is just something extra exciting about lemon desserts during the spring and summer. This particular lemon dessert recipe is even more special because it’s a family recipe. This is my Aunt Pam’s recipe and it’s a doozy! If you love lemon, you’re going to go crazy for these lemon cheesecake bars!
About three Christmases ago, my Aunt Lana (my Aunt Pam’s sister) gave each of us nieces and nephews a binder full of family recipes. I’ve mentioned it several times before in the past because it was honestly one of the most meaningful and sentimental gifts I’ve ever received.
I love flipping through it and finding recipes that my Grandma made or my Uncle Tim. Favorites that bring back so many memories. It’s just SO special. I have yet to work my way through the whole binder but my tummy is certainly looking forward to it.
If you love lemon, you’re going to want to give these easy bars a try. I love that even the crust is made with lemon juice and zest so every bit is just bursting with lemon flavor. It’s amazing! I love topping them with powdered sugar, fresh raspberries, and even more lemon zest. So pretty!
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Lemon Cheesecake Bars
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp lemon juice up to 2
- 16 oz cream cheese softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or lemon extract
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with parchment paper or foil and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, salt, and lemon zest together until creamy.
- Add flour and beat until crumbly.
- Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and mix with hands until dough holds together. (Up to 1 additional tablespoon of lemon juice may be added.)
- Press dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes - just until set.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth.
- Add eggs, vanilla extract, lemon juice, lemon zest and flour.
- Beat until smooth.
- Pour over hot crust.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until firm and puffed.
- Let cool completely in refrigerator.
- Take out 1 hour before serving and cut into squares.
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