Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Cheesecake Bars: layers of cookie crust, lemon cheesecake and lemon cookie bars! One of the most delicious desserts ever, you won’t be able to stop eating these!

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Lemon Cheesecake Bars: delicious layers of cookie crust, lemon cheesecake and a lemon cookie dough on top! Seriously amazing!!

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If any of you follow my blog for new updates, you may have noticed last week I dropped to only two new recipes. I meant to share these Lemon Cheesecake Bars on Thursday…but I was curled up in a ball crying in the corner.

You see. As excited as I am that my son has plans for his post high school life…it also terrifies me. I have mentioned before that he is heading off to Marine boot camp this summer. Well, we found out his date has moved up and it’s 3 weeks away.

I just want to hold and protect him forever. But you see, that’s the switch that happened. I’ve spent the past 18 years loving him, helping him learn and grow into the man he is today. 18 years of protecting him.

Now, he is the one who is leaving the nest to protect ME. And you. I’m so extremely proud and humbled by this thought. So bear with me the next few weeks as I am sure to be a mess of emotions!

Lemon Cheesecake Bars: delicious layers of cookie crust, lemon cheesecake and a lemon cookie dough on top! Seriously amazing!!

You know what helps? Yep. Eating my emotions. I’m that kind of person. And these Lemon Cheesecake Bars are here for me when I’m feeling sad and scared. And after I’ve eaten the entire batch, I guess I just need to make some more, right?

Last month I proclaimed these Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars one of the best desserts I’ve ever made. And now I went and made them with a lemon twist. Which is pretty much my favorite flavor treat…I adore LEMON desserts. So I’d like to amend my previous statement and declare these Lemon Cheesecake Bars THE BEST DESSERT EVER MADE.

Lemon Cheesecake Bars: delicious layers of cookie crust, lemon cheesecake and a lemon cookie dough on top! Seriously amazing!!

I’m totally losing credibility with you guys. Right? But, before I lose you. Make these. Then you’ll trust me again!!

Here are some more Cheesecake Bars you’re sure to enjoy!!

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

 Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars: a sweet and salty crust topped with a divine cinnamon sugar cookie!


 Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars: the pumpkin cheesecake filling with the chocolate chip cookie is perfect ANY time of year!


Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars: a peanut butter cookie with extra Reese’s gives this cheesecake bar a decadent twist!

Here are a few more Cheesecake ideas from my friends:

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Lemon Cheesecake Bars recipe and video tutorial:


Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 24 large bars

Prep Time:4 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes


For the Crust:

  • 2 cup Nilla Wafers, crumbs (about 60 cookies)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 2 packages (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 lemon, zested

For the Cookie layer:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 11oz white chocolate morsels (I use Ghirardelli)


  1. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, pulse Nilla Wafer cookies with sugar until fine crumbs. Add in melted butter and pulse until combined.
  3. Press crumbs into the bottom of prepared baking dish. Using the palm of your hand, press crumbs firmly until they are pressed into the bottom of the dish.
  4. For the filling, beat cream cheese with sugar, eggs, lemon extract and lemon zest using the whisk attachment of your electric mixer. Beat until fluffy and smooth (about 3-4 minutes). Pour over cookie crust.
  5. For the cookie dough, beat butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Add egg, vanilla and lemon zest and beat until combined. Add in baking powder, salt and flour, beating until fully blended. Fold in white chocolate morsels. Scoop dough by large spoonfuls onto the top of the cheesecake layer. Use your fingertips to spread gently until covered.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly browned. The center will still be jiggly, that's okay. Allow to cool completely. Refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight). Slice and serve COLD. Enjoy!

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Lemon Cheesecake Bars: delicious layers of cookie crust, lemon cheesecake and a lemon cookie dough on top! Seriously amazing!!

Today’s recipe for Lemon Cheesecake Bars was originally published on Shugary Sweets on June 22, 2015 and has been republished in August 2018.

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75 comments on “Lemon Cheesecake Bars”

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  2. Sandra Lockett-Courtney

    Hi, My party is in 2 weeks can I make these now and reserve in the Ridge. Lemon Cheesecake Bars.

  3. Lisa

    What are Nilla Wafers, never heard of them in uk. Can you recommend an alternative?

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