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The Best Lemon Bars

The BEST Lemon Bars

These really are the BEST lemon bars I've ever had. I'm not sure if it's the buttery crust or creamy, tart lemon filling but they are absolutely killer and everyone that tries them agrees they are the BEST!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 20 bars
Calories 343kcal


  • 15 ounce box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C 1/2 stick butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13" baking dish.
  • Combine cake mix with melted butter and egg and evenly press into bottom of the greased pan.
  • Using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese with eggs and mix until smooth. Add in vanilla and lemon juice, mixing until smooth once again, scraping the bowl as necessary. Repeat with the powdered sugar and butter, scrape bowl and mix until completely smooth. Pour filling over cake mix crust.
  • In a small bowl, combine sugars, coconut, flour and melted butter. Stir with a fork until combined and sprinkle evenly over the filling.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until crust is golden and middle is lightly set. The middle will still be jiggly like if you were to wiggle a jello mold. Allow to cool at room temperature 30 minutes and then refrigerate at least 2 hours before cutting.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 0.9mg