Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lemon Cream Bars

I was craving something sweet tonight and found this recipe in an old box of magazine clippings. These were tart, creamy & absolutely delicious! The flavor was actually really similar to my second favorite flavor of Girl Scout cookie: Lemonades (my all time favorite is the Samoas).

Lemon Cream Bars 
(Recipe from Kraft Food & Family Magazine)

  • 20 Nilla Wafers, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold margarine
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup  granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon zest, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder  
  • 2 tsp. powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. 
  2. Line 8-inch square pan with foil. Mix wafer crumbs, 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar in medium bowl. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min.
  3. Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until well blended. Add eggs and 2 Tbsp. flour; mix well. Blend in 1 Tbsp. zest, juice and baking powder; pour over crust.
  4. Bake for 26 min. or until center is set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and remaining zest before serving.


  1. Ooh ~ those sound delicious, Heather! {Nilla Wafers are the best!} Thanks for linking up!

  2. I've been making lemon bars for years but never with a Nilla Wafer crust. Awesome suggestion.


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