Growing up I have always loved dessert! I have this thing for sweets. I know my waistline is now begging me to stop my sweet tooth addiction, but unfortunately it's not going to happen. I love them too much! That is why I exercise more, and only have my savory sweets in moderation. :)
Since I was a kid one of the sweets that I wasn't to excited about was lemon bars. Now, I know you are thinking...you are crazy right? Who doesn't love lemon bars? Well, I didn't. I mean I didn't despise them but I never really enjoyed them either. And aren't you supposed to enjoy your sweets? If you don't enjoy them, I don't think they are worth the calories.
Well, when I got married, my hubby introduced me to the most "out of this world," melt in your mouth, lemon bars. I am now officially hooked! They are THAT good! Not only are they the best lemon bars you have ever tasted, but they are SUPER easy to make!
I know, I know, you are saying to yourself, "ok Aly, if they're that good let's have the recipe already....
OK! I get it! I won't keep in suspense any longer. All I have to say... is be prepared to savor every bite! Enjoy!
1 box yellow cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Mix all (crust) ingredients together until crumbly. (I usually use a hand mixer). Save 1/8 of the mix and put it aside. Take the rest of the crust mixture and pat it down in a 9 X 13 pan. Make sure you make a little lip or edge around it so the lemon filling stays in the crust. Bake in the oven @ 350 degrees for 11 min. (Make sure you play around with the time depending on your oven. Some ovens cook hotter than others).
8oz of cream cheese
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or more if you like it more lemon-y.) I usually do it to taste.
Beat all of the (lemon filling) together and pour into the crust. Then sprinkle the remaining 1/8 of the crust (that you saved) on top of the lemon bars and pop it into the oven for another 15 min. And then you are done! I recommend you let the lemon bars cool for a little bit before you cut into them. 20 min should be good enough. My mouth is just watering talking about these lemon bars! Yum! :) I hope you love them as much as we do!