Luscious lemon, cream cheese and pecans come together in these easy to make dessert bars. They are quick and fabulous!
These lemony cake bars are a perfect dessert for so many occasions. They start with a cake mix, so they are super easy to put together.
The cream cheese and pecan layer takes them to the next level of goodness. They are a great sweet ending to picnics, parties and potlucks.
As winter grinds on, I am needing all of the bright and springy things I can get. Luckily it is citrus season and the bright zing helps give your taste buds a bit of a vacation.
There is just something about lemon that dances across your tongue. That seems to be especially the case when it is mixed with cream cheese.
Last week I shared a fabulous and super easy lemon cheesecake dip. That got me in the mood for more bright treats.
These bars are another fabulous combination of tangy citrus and creamy comforting cream cheese. Plus with the cake mix shortcut they come together in just a few minutes.
The hardest part is waiting for them to bake. Smelling them cook is going you make you want them even more!
I think they add a wonderful flavor and texture to the bars. However if you are like my husband and don’t do nuts, leave them out.
The bars would be great either way. Or just throw them in anyway and send them to me, I promise not to complain!
If this recipe reminds you of gooey butter cake, you aren’t alone. The idea is very similar.
It has a dense cake crust and a cream cheese layer on top. This version is rich, but not quite as rich as a full on St. Louis style butter cake though.
If you aren’t sold yet, be sure to watch the video of them being made. You’ll see how easy and delicious they are!
More Great Lemon Treats
Or make some super soft lemon cookies. They have a cakey texture and a great glaze that make them irresistible.
What are your favorite lemon desserts? I am ready to try them all!
Lemon Cake Bars with Pecans and Cream Cheese
- 1 Lemon Cake Mix
- ⅓ cup butter
- 2 large eggs divided
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350° F
- Start by combining your cake mix, butter and 1 egg. It is supposed to be a bit crumbly, so do not worry if batter seems dry.
- Press into a greased 9×13" inch baking pan.
- Next combine your cream cheese, 1 egg, and powdered sugar, until smooth.
- Fold in your chopped pecans.
- Pour on top and smooth out evenly.
- Bake at 350° F and bake for about 30 minutes, until edges are light brown and the top is firm.
- Let cool.
- Serve and enjoy!