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Lemon Cream Cheese Bars


for the crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup (2 sticks) butter – chilled and cut into small cubes

for the filling

  • ounces cream cheese – softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¾ cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  •  cup powdered sugar – plus more for topping
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×13 inch pan with foil or parchment with plenty of overhang around the edges to lift the bars out of the pan before cutting.
  • Prepare the crust by combining flour, sugar, salt, and butter cubes in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until fine crumbs form. (You can also do this with a pastry cutter, fork, or with your fingers in a large bowl.)
  • Press crust into prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes while you prepare the filling.
  • Prepare the filling by combining cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl. Cream together until smooth. Mix in flour, powdered sugar, lemon juice, eggs, and vanilla until completely incorporated.
  • Pour filling over crust and return to oven for 30 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then cover and transfer chill in the fridge 4 hours or overnight. Lift the foil edges to remove the bars from the pan, slice into squares, sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, and serve.