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Lemon cheesecake bars on a white plate.

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings


This easy Lemon Cheesecake Bars recipe treat has a lemony creamy cheesecake filling for a perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavors. A terrific light and refreshing dessert that is simple to serve any time of the year at gatherings like potlucks, picnics or wedding showers.


1 cup granulated sugar, divided

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs

1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Whipped cream for topping, optional

Lemon slices for topping, optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Melt the 1/2 cup butter, by microwaving in a microwave safe bowl, on 30 second increments.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar.
  4. Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of an 8×8 inch square pan, and bake at 350 °F for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow the crust to cool.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  7. Add the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla, and mix until well combined.
  8. Pour this mixture onto the prepared crust and spread out evenly.
  9. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, until the cheesecake is set. It will still be just slightly jiggly.
  10. Allow the cheesecake to cool completely, and then chill in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours, or overnight.
  11. Cut into squares and enjoy!
  12. Top with whipped cream and a fresh lemon slice, if desired.


Storage instructions: Store by wrapping with plastic wrap over the baking dish or in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American