May 11, 2012

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

I will get to these DELIGHTFUL Lemon Cheesecake Bars in a sec...

Around here I normally post recipes on Thursdays. I like that there is some order and normalcy to the blog sometimes. Normalcy gone...being that today is Friday and all...and it is actually later in the day at that.

I can't always guarantee that sewing or projects are going to make the list above laundry, cleaning, errands, life, and loving my little family.

However, normally I can always guarantee that my family needs to be fed. Since cooking is always on my list, I tend to be able to have recipe posts every week.  Well since Bean has been born, even cooking sometimes doesn't make the list...thanks heavens for the premade Freezer Meals I made.

I am closer to being in the swing of things, so hopefully recipes will find their normal Thursday soon AND maybe there will be some small projects here and there.

Okay, back to the lemony goodness pictured above.

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine was having a birthday. Perfect excuse to bake.

I had everything on hand to make these Lemon Cheesecake Bars. SO GOOD. I mean what is better than an amped up lemon bar? Not much people. Not much.

Cheese cake mixed with a refreshing amount of fresh lemon happily layered on top of a crust made from a cake mix..yep I said cake mix crust...delightful. Then more of the cake mix dough is sprinkled on top. Then when they have had their party in the oven, they get some powdered sugar dusted on top.

Bam! Yes, please.

It was hard to take pictures without nibbling at these bars.

p.s. I had to throw this picture in of Middle taking after his Momma and setting up a food photo shoot. L.O.V.E. it. SO stinkin' cute.

Okay enough blabbing...

Here is the recipe:

Lemon Cheesecake Bars
The Domestic Rebel

For Crust:
1 yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg

For Cheesecake:
1 8oz pkg of cream cheese, softened
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
3 TBS of fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon

powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Really, really grease a 9x13 baking dish OR lay down parchment paper so that it covers the bottom and the sides of your pan.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, and the egg. Mix by spoon until blended. It will look like a dough. Press 3/4 of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8 minutes, while preparing the filling.

Beat together all of the cheesecake ingredients until blended and smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the mixture on the partially baked crust. Crumble the last bit of cake dough on top of the cheesecake filling.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the center is set (aka doesn't jiggle and wiggle in the middle). Allow to cool completely before cutting. If you used parchment paper you can let the bars cool almost completely and then lift out of the pan.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

No go ahead and have yourself a treat.


My Recent Favorite Books said...

These Lemon Cheesecake Bars look so good..and easy!

I get cravings for lemon sometimes.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Thanks! They are good and EXTREMELY easy. I totally crave lemons all the time!

Brenda said...

I make a fruit pizza by using this same crust recipe except it uses a lemon cake mix. I bet that would be really good with this recipe too! I never can have enough lemon flavor! Thanks for posting this! Looks delish!

Nyree said...

why do you continue to post delicious treats? I want them ALL

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Ooooh fruit pizza crust! Delightful!

Nyree...I just can't help myself!


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