Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Here’s another great bar that starts with a cake mix—which means the flavor variations on this recipe are endless! The cream cheese filling keeps them moist and chewy.
1 lemon cake mix
1/3 C. oil
8 oz. bar of cream cheese, softened
1/3 C. sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice or ReaLemon
Colored sugars, jimmies, etc. if desired
Preheat the oven to 350º. Mix the dry cake mix, ONE of the eggs and the oil until the mixture’s crumbly. Reserve a cup for topping, and firmly pat the rest of the dough into a sprayed 9 x 13” pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile beat the cream cheese, sugar, the remaining egg and the lemon juice until smooth. Spread over the baked layer, and then sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture. Sprinkle with colored sugar or jimmies, if desired, and bake 15 minutes longer. Cool in the pan before cutting.
Kitchen Hint: I have also used a chocolate cake mix and sprinkled on nuts; strawberry cake mix and sprinkled with mini M&Ms; coconut cake mix and sprinkled it with chopped macadamia nuts. The possibilities are only limited by your taste and imagination!