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Lemon Cookie Bars Recipe

The Lemon Cookie Bars with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting are a creamy cookie bar that are packed with lemon flavor, making them the perfect spring dessert. 

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Lemon Cookie Bars with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting

When I think of lemons, I think of spring. And for most parts of the country, it can’t come soon enough. However, the Lemon Cookie Bars with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting will help brighten your day, if even just for a short time.

Spring will be here before we know it. These easy lemon cookie bars are packed with lemon flavor, making them the perfect spring dessert. 

luscious lemon dessert

Makes 9 cookie bars

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Lemon Cookie Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter, room temperature
  • Cream cheese, room temperature
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice, Lemon zest & Lemon extract

For the frosting:

  • Butter, room temperature
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon extract
  • Powdered sugar, sifted
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)
  • *For Exact amounts, please see recipe card below.

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How to Make the Best Lemon Dessert

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8×8 baking pan by greasing with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate bowl, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until creamy and well combined.

Lemon Cookie Bars

Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon extract. Beat until combined.

Lemon Cookie Bars

Add the flour mixture and beat until smooth. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish.

Lemon Cookie Bars

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

To make the frosting, beat together the butter, milk, lemon juice, lemon extract and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Add food coloring to tint icing if desired.

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Allow the cookie bars to cool completely, then spread the frosting over the top of the cookie bars.

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Cut into 9 equal pieces before serving.

Serve with a nice cold glass of milk!

Lemon Cookie Bars

Yield: 9

Lemon Cookie Bars

Lemon Cookie Bars

The Lemon Cookie Bars with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting are a creamy cookie bar that are packed with lemon flavor, making them the perfect spring dessert. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • Teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Butter, room temperature ½ cup
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest & lemon extract

For the frosting:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8x8 baking pan by greasing with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until creamy and well combined.
  4. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon extract. Beat until combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture and beat until smooth. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. To make the frosting, beat together the butter, milk, lemon juice, lemon extract and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Add food coloring to tint icing if desired.
  7. Allow the cookie bars to cool completely, then spread the frosting over the top of the cookie bars. Cut into 9 equal pieces before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 465Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 376mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 41gProtein: 3g

Nutrition may vary depending on the products used.

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Dale Steele Nicolov

Friday 12th of February 2021

I have wanted to make a cake like dessert with cream cheese.This makes me hungry to try it!Thanks for sharing.

megan allen

Friday 12th of February 2021

I've never been a huge fan of lemon but this looks good! Thanks for sharing!

Dana Rodriguez

Friday 12th of February 2021

This sounds really good. Makes me think of warmer weather.

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