Lemon Cream Cheese Squares

Lemon Cream Cheese Squares are a delightful and tangy dessert that combines the creaminess of cream cheese with the bright flavor of lemon. Here’s a simple recipe for you to try:


For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

For the Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan.
  1. Prepare the Crust:
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, softened butter, and powdered sugar. Mix until crumbly.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan to form an even crust.
  1. Bake the Crust:
  • Bake the crust in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  1. Make the Cream Cheese Layer:
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add granulated sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and egg. Beat until well combined and creamy.
  1. Assemble the Squares:
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the baked crust.
  1. Bake Again:
  • Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly.
  1. Cool:
  • Allow the lemon cream cheese squares to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  1. Prepare the Lemon Glaze:
  • In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth.
  1. Glaze the Squares:
  • Drizzle the lemon glaze over the cooled cream cheese layer.
  1. Chill (Optional):
    • For an even firmer texture, you can refrigerate the squares for a couple of hours before slicing.
  2. Slice and Serve:
    • Once chilled (if desired), cut into squares and serve.

These Lemon Cream Cheese Squares are a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. They make a refreshing dessert for any occasion. Enjoy!

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