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Lemon zest and fresh lemon juice bring summery flavor to these easy Lemon Cheesecake Bars!

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Stack of lemon cheesecake bars with a bite out of the top one.

When I think of my favorite fruity desserts, everything that first comes to mind has some sort of buttery crumb topping. Whether it’s my quick & easy Cherry Dump Cake, an Apple Crumb Pie (ahhhhh YUM!) or the fan favorite Blueberry Cream Cheese Bars, there’s just something extra delicious about a crumb topping.

As much as I love classic lemon bars, these new Lemon Cheesecake Bars juuuuuust might take the cake when it comes to lemon desserts!! It’s the perfect combination of tangy lemon, smooth cream cheese and buttery crust and topping. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!!!!

lemon cheesecake bars with a black background.

Ingredients Needed

Crumb Mixture

  • Butter – I prefer salted butter.
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Zest
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Oats – I use quick oats in this recipe.

Lemon Cheesecake Filling

  • Cream Cheese
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – Don’t get this confused with evaporated milk!!!
  • Lemon Juice – I highly recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice in this recipe, however bottled lemon juice will work okay too.
  • Lemon Zest
  • Egg Yolk
  • Flour
Close-up of lemon cheesecake bars.

How to Make Lemon Cheesecake Bars

There are two components to these easy cheesecake bars. There’s the buttery oat mixture and the creamy cheesecake filling full of lemon flavor. Before mixing any ingredients, I like to get the oven preheated and line my pan with parchment paper.

Hand patting a crumb crust into a 9x13-inch pan.

Make the crumb crust/topping

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, sugar and lemon zest. Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the salt, flour and oats and stir until combined.
  3. Press about half of the mixture into the bottom of the pan. It doesn’t need to be exactly 1/2 …just eyeball it!
  4. Bake the crust for 12 minutes.
Electric mixer blending a cheesecake filling.
Cheesecake filling in a pan.

Make the cheesecake layer

  1. Place cream cheese in a medium bowl (or in a food processor) and mix until nice and smooth.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, yolk and flour and mix until well-combined.
  3. Pour over the baked crust and smooth out with the back of a spoon.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining crumb topping over the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Bake until they’re a light golden brown, cool, cut and enjoy!
lemon cheesecake bars ready to bake.
Should Lemon Cheesecake Bars be Refrigerated?

Yes. These bars will last much longer in the fridge and (in my opinion) taste better chilled! Store them in an airtight container or in a resealable plastic bag.

Do I need a water bath for this recipe?

If you make cheesecake often, you know that having a water bath is essential! However, with this easy dessert, a water bath is unnecessary!

Can I use Meyer Lemons in place of the regular lemons?

Yes, however, they won’t have the classic acidic lemon taste. Therefore, if you’re looking for a more sweet, mild lemon flavor, using Meyer lemons would be a good option.

Can I make these in an 8-inch pan or a 9-inch pan?

Yes!! You’ll simply just halve the ingredients and follow the recipe as stated. I do recommend shaving a couple minutes off the baking time as they may cook a bit a bit quicker!

How should I serve these creamy Lemon Cheesecake Bars?

I like serving these cold. They’re easy to gussy up with a dollop of whipped cream, lemon slices and a few fresh berries! These bars would make a delicious fresh lemon dessert for bridal showers, baby showers, potlucks and more!

Stack of lemon cheesecake bars.

How to make sure the bars have a clean cut

It’s so satisfying to see a plate of bars with beautiful, clean edges. Here’s how to get these lovely edges every time!

  1. Be sure to line the pan with parchment paper! If you don’t have parchment, you can use aluminum foil.
  2. Once the bars are baked, let them cool completely and refrigerate for a couple hours.
  3. Remove the bars from the baking pan and peel the parchment paper off.
  4. Place the big slab of bars onto a cutting board.
  5. Use a sharp knife to cut the bars into squares, cleaning the knife as needed in between cuts.
Collage of four lemon desserts - Lemon blueberry cupcakes, lemon rice krispies, lemon pie and strawberry lemonade cake.

Other Easy Recipes with Lemon

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes – Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes have a soft cake, tart lemon curd filling, and a smooth cream cheese frosting. And the best part? It all starts with a cake mix – easy peasy!!

Lemon Rice Krispie Treats – These no bake Lemon Rice Krispie Treats are sweet, tart and bursting with lots of lemon flavor! It’s a rice krispie treat variation you’ll want to make again and again!

Creamy Lemon Pie – Another favorite lemony no bake dessert!! With a shortbread cookie crust and cool, lemony filling, this pie will be a quick favorite!

Strawberry Lemonade Cake – This bright & summery dessert has three layers of moist lemonade cake, strawberry buttercream and fresh strawberry slices!

Lemon cheesecake bars.
5 from 2 votes

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
24
Lemon zest and fresh lemon juice bring big flavor to these easy Lemon Cheesecake Bars with the perfect balance of sweet & tart!

Ingredients
 

Buttery Oat Layer

  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/3 cup quick oats

Cheesecake Filling

  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese softened
  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×13" baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the butter, sugar and lemon zest to a large bowl; mix until light and fluffy.
  • Add the salt, flour and oats and stir until combined.
  • Press about half of the mixture into the bottom of the pan and bake for 12 minutes. While the crust is baking, make the cream cheese filling.
  • Place cream cheese in a bowl and mix until nice and smooth.
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, yolk and flour and mix until well-combined.
  • Pour over the baked crust and smooth out with the back of a spoon.
  • Sprinkle the remaining crumb topping over the cream cheese mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes or until they're a light golden brown around the edges.
  • Let cool for 2+ hours in the fridge, then cut into bars and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 226.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.9g | Protein: 3.45g | Fat: 10.78g | Saturated Fat: 6.36g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.56g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.01g | Trans Fat: 0.11g | Cholesterol: 36.64mg | Sodium: 100.78mg | Potassium: 106.61mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 20.65g | Vitamin A: 328.27IU | Vitamin C: 2.75mg | Calcium: 62.86mg | Iron: 0.35mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank You For SHARING 👍🏼♥️It LOOKS Awesome😋And Refreshing ❗️G-d♥️Bless

  2. 5 stars
    These were amazing! I halved the recipe and did it in an 8″ pan and they were perfect. Thanks for this!