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Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing

Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing will be the most requested dessert for all of your get togethers, celebrations and summer cookouts!

Lemon bars have been a long- time family favorite. I decided to skip the traditional sprinkling of powdered sugar topping for my favorite cream cheese icing.  

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They were a big hit with the family and there was not even a crumb left the very next day.

Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing is a delicious dessert recipe for any party or family get together. From MissintheKitchen.com

If you are a fan of lemon desserts, this Lemon Blueberry Tiramisu is a must try. Easy to make ahead for celebrations and holiday gatherings.


Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe from Miss in the Kitchen

I don’t know about you, but I literally can not eat a powdered sugar topped lemon bar without breathing in the powdered sugar and nearly choking.  

A coughing fit ensues and it kind of ruins my whole lemon bar experience.  Sound familiar?  No? Okay maybe it’s just crazy old me.

Anyway I love the cream cheese and lemon combo and these dessert bars are going to steal the show at your next cookout or family get together.  I also love these Cherry Almond Bars for any occasion!

How to Make Lemon Bars:

  1. You will need a 9 x 13 baking pan for lemon bars. Mix all purpose flour, powdered sugar and butter together and press into the pan for the shortbread crust. The crust bakes for 20 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile you will mix together the lemon layer which is eggs, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Pour this over the baked crust and bake for another 25 minutes.
  3. Cool bars completely. You can dust with powdered sugar or top with an easy cream cheese icing. 

How to Make Cream Cheese Icing:

Combine softened cream cheese with lemon juice and powdered sugar and beat until soft and fluffy. Spread over cooled bars. 

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Lemon Bars look so pretty served up on my favorite Fiesta Serving Tray.  So make sure to go ahead and print this one out, it’s a keeper!

I based the recipe on my Mother-in-law’s lemon bar recipe. Of course I love all things chocolate but I absolutely love lemon desserts and will never pass one by.

More Lemon Desserts to Love:

Just like my Lemon- Pineapple Poke Cake or Mini Lemon Pies, they are always tops in my book.  It’s going to be an all things lemon around here this summer including Homemade Lemonade! 

No Bake Layered Lemon Pie from My Baking Addiction is one of my favorites and this Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake from Tidy Mom looks divine!


Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe ~ a perfect summer dessert from MissintheKitchen.com

I’ve been trying to get more organized.  Sometimes (or all of the time) it is hard to be your own boss.  Time management is a huge issue for me. My to-do list seems to quadruple every day.

Lately I’ve been realizing there are things that I’m forgetting to do.  Especially paperwork and accounting.  I’m still not done with last year’s taxes. Thank goodness for extensions, right?

I’ve decided to do my social media work mostly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Leaving the other days for recipe development, taking care of ranch stuff or Kaycee Cutters, shopping and everything else.

I have to say it’s helping that I’m not trying to do everything every day.  Notice I didn’t mention house cleaning on that list.  Ugh, I’m always behind on the housework.

Currently I’m up to my eyeballs in mud.  Oh well, at least I always have dessert! How do you stay organized and on top of things?  I need your ideas!

Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe | MissintheKitchen


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Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing is a delicious dessert recipe for any party or family get together. From MissintheKitchen.com
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Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing

Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing will be the most requested dessert for all of your get togethers, celebrations and summer cookouts!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert bars, lemon bars, lemon bars with cream cheese icing, summer desserts
Servings: 12
Calories: 592kcal
Author: Milisa


for the crust

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter

for the lemon filling

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

for the cream cheese icing

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°.

For the Crust:

  • Mix flour and powdered sugar together.
  • Add butter and mix with a fork until butter is about pea-sized and mixture is crumbly.
  • Press into bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.

For Filling:

  • Add sugar, flour, eggs, and lemon juice into a bowl and mix well.
  • Pour over baked crust.
  • Return to oven and bake 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

For Icing:

  • Add cream cheese and butter to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar and beat on low until just combined. Raise to medium-high speed and beat another 2 minutes, scraping down the sides. Add lemon juice and mix until well incorporated. Spread over cooled bars.
  • Cut into squares to serve.
  • Leftover bars may be refrigerated but will need to come to room temperature for slicing.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 229mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 66g








  1. I do not like to print 14 pages just to get 1 recipe (Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese Icing). See if you can cut it down to 2 pages for the recipe. I didn’t get the entire recipe also. Can you send to my email address….

  2. Im new at cooking and they still turned out beautifully. At first I thought there was WAY too much of each ingredient for the crust, but it shrank after cooling. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Hi you show all the ingredients to your lemon bar with cream cheese icing but not how much of each one cheers Karren

  4. Something went very wrong here for me, and I’m not entirely sure what. When I first took the crust out of the oven the edges were beginning the burn but the center wasn’t done. I put the filling in, and popped it in on another rack. The filling and frosting came out great, however the crust is HARD. I’m not sure if I didn’t cut the butter in right or what, I timed it and everything.

    1. Hi Dom,
      I have made this countless times with no issues on the crust. The crust should only be lightly browned when you add the lemon filling. Ovens can vary and it might be something like that. I’m sorry it didn’t turn out for you.
      ~ Milisa

  5. Does the butter need to be cold
    Can you put parchment paper on the bottom of the pan before the shortbread bottom
    Does the bottom have to cool before the filing

    1. Hi Carmella,
      The butter doesn’t have to be cold and there’s no need to cool the crust before adding the filling since you put it right back in the oven. I hope that helps.

      ~ Milisa

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