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Lemon Cake Bars with Pecans and Cream Cheese

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Luscious lemon, cream cheese and pecans come together in these easy to make dessert bars. They are quick and fabulous!

piece of lemon cake bar with cream cheese and pecan topping and lemon slices

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.

bowl of lemon cake mix layer for dessert bars

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!

In addition to a lemon kick, I have been all about pecans lately.  I love them in granola, on salads or I could eat candied pecans by the handful.

bite missing from square of lemon cake bars with pecans and cream cheese

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.

cream cheese and lemon cake bar

 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!

For another great lemon cake, try homemade lemon Bundt cake. Or you can make a lemon velvet cake, it’s a frosted layered beauty. Both are great options!

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!

Yield: 12 Servings

Lemon Cake Bars with Pecans and Cream Cheese

creamy lemon cake bar with pecans on plate with lemon slice and fork

Luscious lemon, cream cheese and pecans come together in these easy to make dessert bars. They are quick and fabulous!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 Lemon Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup of Chopped Pecans
  • 1.5 cups of Powdered Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Start by combining your cake mix, butter and egg. It is supposed to be a bit crumbly, so do not worry if batter seems dry.
  3. Press into a greased 9x13" inch baking pan.
  4. Next combine your cream cheese, egg, and powdered sugar, until smooth.
  5. Fold in your chopped pecans.
  6. Pour on top and smooth out evenly.
  7. Bake at 350° F and bake for about 30 minutes, until edges are light brown and the top is firm.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 378mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Luscious lemon, cream cheese and pecans come together in these easy to make dessert bars. They are quick and fabulous!

Thanks for sharing!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 12th of March 2020

Oh wow... I bet this is amazing!


Thursday 19th of March 2020

And pretty easy too!


Monday 24th of February 2020

I do love lemon, and although by hubby does not care for it, sometimes I just have to make it. I love the cream cheese mixture that goes in this recipe.


Monday 2nd of March 2020

Oh my, you could do the same thing with a chocolate or butter cake mix!

Andrea Nine

Friday 21st of February 2020

Ami in heaven my friend? These look absolutely amazing. I think I may make them this weekend. Have a great one. xo


Monday 2nd of March 2020

I hope you love them!

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