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Lemon Cookie Bars

Lemon Cookie Bars are sweet, zingy, and chewy bars bursting with lemon flavor.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9 Bars
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Wendy


  • 9x9 pan


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 egg


  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • Yellow food coloring optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8x8 baking pan by greasing with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until creamy and well combined.
  • Add the egg, lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon extract. Beat until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat until smooth. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • To make the frosting, beat together the butter, milk, lemon juice, lemon extract and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Add food coloring to tint icing if desired.
  • Allow the cookie bars to cool completely, then spread the frosting over the top of the cookie bars. Cut into 9 equal pieces before serving.


It is best to use fresh lemon juice for this recipe. 


Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 803IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg