Lemon Cheesecake Bars are creamy and lightly sweet with a bright and tangy lemon flavor throughout for a wonderful spring time dessert.

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 9 bars

Ingredients

Crust

  • 20 Lemon Oreos Use Golden Oreos, if you can’t find Lemon.
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted

Filling

  • 16 ounces two 8-oz blocks light cream cheese (Neufchatel, NOT fat free), room temperature
  • 1 5.3oz container lemon Greek yogurt (I used regular, not fat free), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk room temperature
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice about 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease an 8x8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. (Alternately line baking dish with parchment paper to easily lift cheesecake out of pan when finished.)
  2. Place Lemon Oreos into the bowl of a food processor and blend until fine crumbs are formed. Add crumbs to the prepared baking dish. Pour melted butter over the top. Mix with hands until all crumbs are wet. Press evenly onto the bottom of the pan. Bake for 12 minutes, or until lightly brown and matte (not shiny). Cool slightly, about 15 minutes.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and granulated sugar until smooth. Scrape bowl. Add the eggs, egg yolk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the crust. Return to oven and bake an additional 28 minutes, or until the cheesecake appears set on top and only jiggles slightly when you wiggle the pan.
  5. Turn oven off and crack oven door part way open. Keep cheesecake inside oven for 1 hour. Then cover and chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator for 4 to 8 hours (overnight works best). Cut bars and serve topped with whipped cream, if desired.

Recipe Notes

*Recipe altered from Well Plated