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Lemon Cheesecake Bars

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If you like creme brulee, you’ll love these Lemon Cheesecake Bars! They are so easy to make- you will want to make them again and again!

Lemon Cheesecake Creme Brulee Bars

I’m sorry in advance.

These are evil. And amazing. And addicting. And life changing.

I know I asked for your input on what I should post today and a lot of you said breakfast, but I couldn’t not post this recipe. It was burning a hole in my culinary pocket. It was the force of the lemon that made me do it. Lemon desserts and I go way back. I seriously think my addiction started in the womb. {#forreals} My momma likes lemon as much if not more than I do. ย Got me some good genetics! {Except for the humungo caboose I inherited…another story for a different time}

So, yes. These lemon cheesecake creme brulee bars are ridiculous. And so devilishly easy that you will be tempted to make these time and time again. I first came up with this recipe after having an awful dessert that was this exact concept but tasted so royally disgusting that I had a hard time shelling out the seven bucks it cost. That night I’d vow to make it better. So I did. I first tested them on a baby shower crowd and they went like hot cakes. Then I made them for my sister-in-law’s birthday because she’s as much of a lemon freak as I am. Of course she liked them too. Then I ‘tested’ them again and ate half the pan. Then I swore the recipe off because I knew if I’d make them AGAIN, I’d eat the.entire.thing. So, I did actually forgot about them until a few days ago when I had a few lemons loitering around my crisper drawers and found a package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese hiding behind ‘x’ pounds of butter. The perfect storm. So I made them again. This time with you all in mind! {You’re welcome.} Take a peek at the step by step photos and experience the beauty that is this dessert.

Here’s what you need:


For the bottom layer, mix together some butter, sugar, vanilla and flour. Basically, you’re making a quick shortbread. And, try not to melt your butter in the microwave while trying to soften it. Don’t be like me.

Mixing ingredients in Kitchenaid mixer

So, once it all comes together, that’s it! 1st layer done.

Mixing ingredients in Kitchenaid mixer

Press this dough into an 8×8 glass dish. I like to line mine with parchment, but that’s totally optional! Lightly spray your pan with non-stick and you should be good to go. Also, my dough was particularly sticky because I melted my darn butter. If you don’t melt your butter, you won’t have this problem. Again, don’t be like me.

Cookie dough in the bottom of a baking dish

For the cheesecake part, start by whipping your softened cream cheese.

Mixing ingredients in Kitchenaid mixer

With the mixer on low, stream in a can of sweetened condensed milk. Scrape the sides and mix again.

Adding sweetened condensed milk

Stir in an egg,

adding egg

lots of lemon zest,

Lemon Zest

and lemon juice.

Adding liquid through strainer

Scrape the sides and mix again. Once you have a smooth batter, pour it over that first layer.

Lemon filling

Bake this at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until it’s completely set…meaning it shouldn’t jiggle!

Lemon filling on cookie dough

Once it comes out of the oven, let it cool to room temp and then refrigerate. These will taste a million times better if they’re cold.

Lemon Cheesecake Creme Brulee Bars

After a few hours, remove from the fridge and pop out of the pan. {All thanks to Mr. Parchment} I like to cut off a tiny strip along each edge to get sharp cuts, but that’s totally up to you.

Lemon Cheesecake Creme Brulee Bars

Now comes the fun part! Separate your squares and sprinkle with sugar. Spread the sugar around the top evenly with your finger so you have a nice thin layer and then……….

Lemon Cheesecake Creme Brulee Bars

….grab one of these bad boys and get crackin’!


Turn that sucker on and brulee the tops of the lemon bars. You can hardly see the flame, but it’s there! {*If you don’t have a torch, use your broiler!}

Torching Lemon Cheesecake Creme Brulee Bars

Hello, my pretties! Once they are all done, refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

Lemon Cheesecake Creme Brulee Bars

Throw these onto a serving platter and voila! A perfect dessert everyone will love! Sweet and tart, similar to key lime pie, but a million times better!

Lemon Cheesecake Creme Brulee Bars

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

5 from 1 vote

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

If you like creme brulee, you'll love these Lemon Cheesecake Bars! They are so easy to make- you will want to make them again and again!
servings 16 squares
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 glass dish with parchment paper and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, flour and vanilla until dough forms. Press evenly into the bottom of prepared dish. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, whip cream cheese. Stir in sweetened condensed milk. Scrape sides and mix again. Pour in egg, lemon zest and juice. Mix until mixture starts to thicken, 20-30 seconds. Scrape sides and mix again briefly. Pour overtop cookie bottom and smooth the top.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until cheesecake is set completely. Cool, then refrigerate. Cut into 16 squares and separate.
  • Sprinkle the tops of each square with 1 teaspoon of sugar and spread around with finger to evenly distribute sugar. Torch the tops until the sugar melts and turns an amber color. {If you don't have a torch, place under the broiler}. Return squares to fridge until ready to serve.


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cheesecake bars

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  1. Julie @ Table for Two

    You’re so talented. I would never had thought of doing this!! Gosh, this is just amazing. I definitely will have to try this — they’re so pretty and cute (i love to eat cute things! haha)..awesome, Lauren!!

  2. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables

    I share your love for lemon desserts, these look great. I’m thinking I would love to add some blueberries in as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. natalie (the sweets life)

    too funny–i JUST made creme brulee cheesecake (full-sized and not lemon) this weekend. It was a huge hit–I can’t wait to post it ๐Ÿ™‚ Next time I’m adding lemon-great idea!

  4. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

    Oh, my. These look fantastic. And, as luck would have it, I was just wondering what to do with all of my extra cream cheese.

  5. Kathryn

    I’ve already expressed my opinion on these on twitter but I want to record it here for posterity. I love the fact that it’s a little shortbread base, that always works so well with lemon and that crunchy sugar topping just puts it over the edge!

  6. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes

    to bad I am in class right now, instead of my kitchen….cause then I would totally be making these right now ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Anna

    My mom loves lemon desserts. I would like to surprise her with these magnificent bars. Will store bought lemon zest powder work just fine? Thanks for sharing…

  8. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    you’re the lemon queen. These look awesome & I see those lemon crinkle cookies of yours EVERYWHERE on Pinterest….they get me every time ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Well my husband keeps raving about your lemon crinkle cookies that I made on the weekend … so I suppose I will have to make these for him too!

  10. Jessica @Portuguese girl cooks

    These look soooo good! Just found the perfect use for the meyer lemons I have, and bonus I get to use my torch!

  11. Marie

    I haven’t made any cheesecake yet, but I’m considering starting with this absolutely amazing recipe. I love lemon too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Janice

    These ARE evil. And, you are evil. Obviously you peeked into my pantry because I have all of this stuff just sitting there begging, as well as a lemon tree that’s producing faster than I can use them. I am so making these. Right away. Thanks!

  13. Heidi

    These bars look very delicious!! I’m really gonna try them. But I have a question, I’m from the Netherlands and I would like to know how much fat contains your Philadelphia cream cheese? So I can try to find right cream cheese here?

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