Easy Lemon Cheesecake Bars

This easy recipe for Lemon Cheesecake Bars uses cream cheese, cake mix, and lemonade powder to make a classic dessert.

three lemon cheesecake bars stacked on top of a piece of parchment paper.

Every single time I make lemon cheesecake bars, I wonder why I don't use this recipe more. Everybody loves these things!

But then, a few days later, I remember why: they are completely addictive and I have zero will power against them. As a matter of fact, a few of these are currently sitting in my kitchen and it's taking everything I've got to say no right now.

Another reason I love this recipe is that you can add basically any flavor in to change it up a little bit! I made these for Easter Sunday...how perfect is the bright flavor of lemon for a spring dessert?

These are great throughout the warmer months for a rich, but bright treat. You can make them with raspberries, blueberries, or even pureed strawberry for a summery feel. Add cranberries to make this more of a winter dessert.

Here's the recipe I used!

lemon cheesecake bars stacked on a piece of parchment paper.

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 bars


  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 stick ½ cup, melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • cream cheese room temperature 8oz
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened lemonade mix
  • 2 eggs


  • Mix together cake mix, 1 egg, and stick of butter until smooth. Press mixture in the bottom of a greased 9x13" glass dish.
  • Mix together remaining ingredients using a mixer (until smooth). Pour this mixture on top of cake mix in glass dish.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until mixture is set and top starts to brown. Let cool for 20-30 minutes before serving.
Tried this recipe?Rate it in the comments below!

stack of 3 lemon chess squares on a piece of parchment paper.




Enjoy! You can see more of my recipes here.

xo, Leslie - signature at the end of blog post.

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  1. This is exactly the type of recipe I love. These bars look incredible!

  2. These bars look so, so yummy!!

  3. Melissa Griffiths says:

    I'm with you on struggling to resist the leftovers - fortunately I have 6 other mouths in my house so leftovers don't last long around here! These look delicious!