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Zesty Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Full of Spring flavors, these Zesty Lemon Cheesecake Bars are so easy to make and so tangy! Lemon juice and lemon zest give these cheesecake bars their zesty flavor, while cream cheese bars give them a super cream texture!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Cheesecake Bars, Lemon Square Cheesecake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories: 287kcal


  • 10 Graham Crackers 1 package
  • cup Sugar
  • 6 tablespoon Butter Melted

For Cheesecake Filling

  • cup Sugar
  • 2 Packages Cream Cheese Full Fat
  • 1 Lemon Zested
  • 2 Lemons Juiced
  • 1 Egg Room Temperature


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a food processor, add the graham crackers. Pulse them until they are crumbs. Then add the melted butter and sugar and pulse until the mixture looks like wet sand.
  • Add parchment paper to an 8x8 baking dish. Press the graham cracker crumbs into the baking dish until it forms a layer on the bottom. Bake for 8 minutes. Take out the baking dish when it is done cooking and allow it to cool while you make the cream cheese filling.
  • In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice. With a hand mixer, beat the mixture until completely combined and there are no more lumps.
  • Once the crust is slightly cooled, add the cream cheese filling to the pan. Spread it out so it is evenly distributed.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the bars are slightly browned and there is no wobble in the middle of the bars. Allow the bars to cool before cutting.


  • The cream cheese should be at room temperature to avoid any lumps in the cream cheese filling.
  • The parchment paper will allow the cheesecake bars to be easily lifted out of the baking sheet.
  • If you can find graham cracker crumbs, you can use that instead of processing them yourself.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 707IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg