Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

I made this for the first time this week and it was a hit, plus it was super easy! I am making this for Sunday - during our reunion weekend.

1 pkg. lemon cake mix
1/3 cup butter
3 eggs
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese (I used the lighter one)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp grated lemon peel
2 T. lemon juice

1. Heat oven to 350. Beat cake mix, butter and 1 of the eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed until crumbly. Press in bottom of ungreased 13x9 pan.

2. Beat cream cheese in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed. Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup cream cheese mixture; refrigerate. Beat remaining 2 eggs into remaining cream cheese mixture on medium speed until blended. Spread over cake mixture.

3. Bake about 25 minutes or until set. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Spread with reserved cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until firm. Cut into bars when serving. Store covered in refrigerator.

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