Luscious Lemon Cream Cheese Bars: A Citrus Delight!

1. Introduction

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars are a delightful treat that perfectly balance tangy lemon with creamy, sweet cheese. They are an ideal dessert for lemon lovers and a refreshing change from the usual sweet treats. The combination of soft cream cheese, zesty lemon, and flaky crescent roll dough creates a texture that’s both creamy and crispy. This recipe is perfect for a family gathering, a potluck, or just a sweet treat at home. It’s easy to make and sure to impress with its bright flavor and beautiful presentation. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the kitchen, these Lemon Cream Cheese Bars will be a joy to make and a delight to eat.

2. Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent roll dough (like Pillsbury® Recipe Creations®), divided
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced, divided
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

3. Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  3. Unroll one package of crescent roll dough and press it into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, stretching to the edges.

4. How to Prepare

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the lemon juice and ¾ of the lemon zest.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and ½ cup sugar into the lemon mixture with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  3. Spread this mixture over the crescent roll dough in the baking dish.
  4. Unroll the remaining crescent roll dough and place it over the cream cheese layer, stretching to the edges.
  5. Brush the top with melted butter.
  6. In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons sugar and the remaining lemon zest; sprinkle this over the melted butter.

5. Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: Approximately 15 minutes to assemble the ingredients and prepare the layers.
  • Cook Time: About 30 minutes in the oven.
  • Chilling Time: At least 1 hour for the bars to set in the refrigerator.

6. Servings

This recipe yields about 12 servings, making it perfect for sharing with family and friends.

7. FAQs

Q: Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemons? A: Fresh lemons are recommended for the best flavor, but bottled lemon juice can be used in a pinch.

Q: How long do these bars keep in the fridge? A: They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Q: Can I freeze Lemon Cream Cheese Bars? A: Yes, they can be frozen for up to a month. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Q: Is it possible to use a different type of dough instead of crescent roll dough? A: Crescent roll dough is preferred for its texture and flavor, but puff pastry can be a substitute.

Q: Can I add other fruits to this recipe? A: Yes, adding fruits like berries can give a nice twist, but be mindful of extra moisture.

8. Conclusion

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars are a delightful fusion of zesty lemon and smooth cream cheese, enveloped in flaky pastry. This recipe is not just about creating a dessert; it’s about crafting an experience. Each bite offers a burst of lemony freshness, balanced with the rich, creamy texture of cheese, making it a perfect dessert for all occasions. Its simplicity in preparation makes it accessible to bakers of all levels, and its exquisite taste ensures it’s a crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re looking for a dessert to brighten up a family dinner or to add a zing to your party menu, these Lemon Cream Cheese Bars are an excellent choice. Enjoy the process of creating, sharing, and indulging in this delightful treat!