Friday, February 18, 2011

Lemon Cheese Bars

In my house, there are a lot of lemon dessert lovers, led by my dearly beloved. Lemon meringue pie, lemon pudding, lemon cake, lemon bars, lemon whatever; they're in for it. We're also a household of cheesecake lovers. So I knew this idea would be an enormous hit.

LEMON CHEESE BARS

Crust:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar

1/3 cup melted butter

Cheese Layer:
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg

Lemon Layer:
1 cup sugar

2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp chopped lemon zest

Stir together the ingredients for the crust, and press into the bottom of an 8" square pan. Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes; crust will be very pale.


Beat together the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 egg until smooth. Pour over the crust.

Stir together the sugar, flour, powder and salt; beat in the lemon juice, extract, zest and 2 eggs. Beat 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth. Pour over the cream cheese layer (it will sink under the cream cheese). Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes, until the filling sets. Cool before serving.

This is what it looks like before it's cut. There are no pictures of this delightful confection after it's cut, because it only lasted about 2 minutes.

This is my great, springy dessert suggestion for all of you for this weekend! Hope you enjoy it, and I hope everyone has nice weather.

12 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Without a doubt on my 'to do'list, this sound really yummy. Diane

Sue said...

Looks good, but I'm making an apple pie. I'm not crazy about lemon.

Benny and Lily said...

You succeeded in making us hungry lady
Benny & Lily

Jennifurla said...

delish...missing pics happens to me too! Sometimes you just have to dig in. Have a very nice weekend

Linda said...

My mom used to make these....I'd forgot all about them....so thanks.

gMarie said...

Oh! I love lemon! I'm also hosting another huge prime rib dinner when the daughter is visiting so this might be just the ticket for dessert, eh? g

TavoLini said...

I love all things citrus, too!! Sounds excellent :)

Have a great weekend, Marjie!

Tatersmama said...

Cheesecake AND lemon? Oh my goodness, I'm making these! I've got lemons coming out of my ears.... so perfect!!!!

grace said...

so nice. granted, lemon desserts aren't my favorite, but adding a cream cheese component makes it a whole new ballgame! :)

Mickle in NZ said...

Yummo! I have cream cheese in my fridge but it is for a pineapple-cheese dip I'm taking to a barbeque tomorrow. I will have to br very strong on Sunday morning and ensure I make the dip as I have lemos lurking here too!

Channon said...

I don't have cream cheese or a fresh lemon to zest. I think the Knight will be stopping at the store in his tux tonight so I can have these tomorrow!

altadenahiker said...

Tell thor to keep the ice cubes and I'll have one of these here lemon cheese bars.