These Lemon Cheesecake Squares are so delicious, made with a shortbread base and topped with a creamy Lemony filling. The Perfect dessert Cookie Bar.
Lemon Cheesecake Squares were always a Christmas tradition in my home in Canada. Have I ever said I love cheesecake? Well I do! And these I must say are the easiest and tastiest ones out there, from the almond shortbread crust to the creamy lemon filling. They are perfect.
I was making these on the weekend and my youngest daughter looked at me and asked “what are you going to do with those?”
I told her I thought I would freeze them for Christmas, but we both know a freezer isn’t going to stop us from eating these!
How to make Lemon Cheesecake Bars
In a small bowl mix together the flour, sugar and finely chopped almonds
stir in the melted butter and combine just until mixture is crumbly.
Place the mixture in an 8″ square cake pan and press down firmly. Bake for 15 minutes.
While the base is baking, make the filling
In a medium bowl beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg, juice and zest at medium speed until smooth and creamy.
Spread evenly over baked crust. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes or until set. Let cool.
Refrigerate a couple of hours before cutting.
Make sure to use regular Cream Cheese and not light, it makes a smoother and creamier cheesecake. Which is exactly what we want.
With the Holidays and Christmas approaching, and of course the start of the baking season it is a good thing I have a big freezer, looks like a lot of cookies and bars will be joining the lemon cheesecake squares.
My Italian friends and family always look forward to a gift box at Christmas filled with all their favourite Cookies and Bars.
Lemon Cheesecake Squares
What I like so much about these lemon cheesecake squares besides being so darned delicious, is the light taste of almonds in the shortbread base, and that amazing creamy lemon filling, the combination is perfect.
Believe me it was really tough pulling myself away from them.
If you like you could serve a larger piece as a dessert or cut them into smaller squares and serve them with other Christmas Cookie favourites, these would also make a perfect Easy Summer Dessert Recipe.
More Delicious Lemon Recipes.
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A delicious almond shortbread base & a creamy lemony filling. The perfect Cookie Bar or Dessert recipe.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons almonds (finely chopped)
- 1/4 cup +2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 12 ounces package Cream Cheese softened (whole cream cheese not light)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 medium eggs (or 1 large)
- juice from 1/2 lemon (1 tablespoon)
- zest from 1 lemon
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees (180 degrees celsius). Lightly grease and flour a 9 inch (23 cm) square cake pan.
In a small bowl with a fork combine flour, sugar and almonds, add butter (melted) and combine just until mixture is crumbly. Place mixture in the prepared square cake pan and press down firmly. Bake for 15 minutes.
While the base is baking make the filling, in a medium bowl beat at medium speed the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, lemon juice and zest together until smooth and creamy, approximately 2 minutes. Spread evenly over baked crust (cool 5 minutes). Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes or until set. Let cool. Refrigerate about 2 hours before cutting. Enjoy!
Republished from July 2016.