Lemon Gooey Bars Recipe

Lemon Gooey Bars
Easter is almost here and with it comes (hopefully) better weather and more sunshine. If you are attending an Easter party or potluck, or perhaps are just in the mood for a delicious dessert, this recipe for Lemon Gooey Bars hits the spot. They are absolutely delicious!

The bars have a chewy lemon bottom with a sweet, creamy topping. The bars are more sweet than tart, so if you prefer a more tart flavor, be sure to read the recipe below for additions you can make.

Lemon Gooey Bars

Yield: one 9x13" pan, about 18 bars

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 lemon cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg

Filling:

1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
2 eggs
8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
*If desired, you can add the zest of one lemon, or a 1/2 tsp of dried lemon zest. This will make the bars more tart

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350-f degrees.

2. For the crust, mix together the dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg. Mix well. The mixture will be thick. Press into a greased 9×13 baking pan and set aside.

3. For the filling, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla extract, eggs, and melted butter. (If you are using any zest, add it now) Mix together well and add powdered sugar. Mix until the powdered sugar is fully incorporated.

4. Spread filling over crust and bake for 38-42 minutes, until lightly brown and when gently shaken the center will only slightly jiggle.

5. Cool and cut into small bars. (I let my bars chill in the fridge for a bit before cutting) Cover and store leftovers in the fridge.

Adapted from a recipe at Lynn's Kitchen and Jam Hands.