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Lemon Cheese Bars

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.

Makes

2-1/2 dozen

Cake mix speeds along the crust and topping for these special squares shared by Janie Dennis of Evansville, Indiana. With just a handful of ingredients, the bars are so easy to assemble. Priced at 11 cents each, they're economical, too.

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, one egg and oil until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press the remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in the sugar, extract and remaining egg until smooth. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 134 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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