Friday, September 26, 2014

Pinterest Review: Cream Cheese Lemon Bars Recipe

At the end of August, we had a get together at Mom's house, a family dinner.  Cheryl & Louis were able to make it too!

It was very good timing for the dinner; we celebrated Tina's birthday!  I asked, and she wanted something fruity for her birthday treat.  I was in luck, because she had recently pinned:

Cream Cheese Lemon Bars Recipe

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine - softened
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounces cream cheese - softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 lemon - grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Container: 9 x 13 baking pan and a mixing bowl
15 mins
35 mins
50 mins
  • In a mixing bowl, blend dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg.
  • Press into a 9 x 13 pan, ungreased.
  • Beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  • Gradually blend in the powdered sugar.
  • Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth.
  • Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture and refrigerate it for later use.
  • Beat the remaining 2 eggs, add the vanilla, and then beat this mixture into the remaining cream cheese mixture until well blended.
  • Spread over the cake mixture.
  • Bake at 350° until set, approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Spread the reserved cream cheese mixture onto the bars.
  • Refrigerate until firm; then cut into squares and serve.

Wow, was I nervous while making this dessert.  I had also bought brownie mix so that we knew there would be enough dessert for everyone, but Tina wanted fruity, and I just didn't think I was doing it right!  I mean, the cake mix "crust" was so thin!  The egg/cream cheese mixture barely covered the crust!  What if it happened to be really thin?  And yucky?

Well, I shouldn't have worried!  The crust rose as it baked.  The other two layers were delightful.  Tina loved it, and that's the most important thing.

If I were to make it again, the only thing I would change would be to double that egg/cream cheese mixture.  Really, there just wasn't enough of that.

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