Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 24 bars (2 dozen)


These Lemon Cheesecake Bars are a perfect light dessert. Easy enough to make for any day of the week, but attractive enough to serve after a holiday meal or party. Consider cutting into small squares and serving in square paper treat cups at a mini dessert bar.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 1 cup sour cream


PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

COMBINE flour and powdered sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until crumbly. Press onto bottom and 1-inch up sides of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

BAKE for 25 minutes.

PLACE cream cheese, eggs, evaporated milk, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, lemon peel and food coloring in blender container; cover. Blend until smooth. Pour into partially baked crust.

BAKE for additional 15 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Spread sour cream over top; refrigerate. Cut into bars. Garnish as desired.

ok after tweaking

by G. Gretchen , Elkhart, IN on Jul. 2011

by the recipe, was very blah even doubling the lemon juice. The crust should have some brown sugar in it....too bland. And I did not love the sour cream on top. I mixed lemon instant pudding in cool whip and layered that on top and then I really liked it.

Extremely Easy and sooo good!

by N. Nikki , TX on Jun. 2010

This recipe was extremely easy to make, the cheescake was so creamy, everybody loved them. I'd make them again.


by T. Terry , Manton, MI on Apr. 2010

The crust tastes like shortbread. Creamy lemon cheesecake. My husband loves it.

Nice and smooth

by J. Janis , Sarasota, FL on Apr. 2010

This recipe was easy to make and my kids loved it.

Lemon flavoring

by J. Joyce , Hillsboro, TX on Mar. 2010

i just loved this receipe I added lemon flavoing to the icing.

not overly sweet

by M. M , San Francisco, CA on Jan. 2010

I made this for the clinic crew and it disappeared quickly. Everyone enjoyed the light and tangy flavor. The lemon was mild and not too sweet, balanced wonderfully by the simple crust and sour cream topping which I sprinkled with powdered sugar. I think I'll stir in fresh lemon juice with the sour cream next time.


by D. Deborah , Frisco, TX on Aug. 2009

This was an easy recipe. I made them for a pot luck and everyone loved them.

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

by s. sharon , Conshohocken, PA on Aug. 2009

These were very good. The crust is great!! I added 3 tbsp. lemon juice since the other reviewers said they weren't lemony enough. I also didn't top them with sour cream, but instead made my own whipped cream to top them.

Great Tasting

by A. AnnaRose , Lafayette, NJ on Aug. 2009

This was very easy to make & great tasting. My son, who doesn't like cheesecake, loved these.

So much fun.

by c. carmen , Wylie, TX on Aug. 2009

This recipe was easy to follow and fun to do.