Lemon Glacier Bars


Lemon Glacier Bars

Lemon Glacier Bars
15 bars
35 Min

Every time we make these Lemon Glacier Bars in the Mr. Food Test Kitchen, they seem to disappear in seconds! If your crew loves them as much as we do, and we know they will, they won't stick around very long... give them a try and see for yourself!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (16.5-ounce) package lemon cake mix
  • 2 large eggs, divided
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large mixing bowl,  combine cake mix, 1 egg, and oil ; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup cake mixture for topping. Press remaining cake mixture into an ungreased 9- x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Bake 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Beat cream cheese at medium speed until creamy; add sugar, remaining egg, and lemon juice, beating until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture over baked crust; sprinkle with reserved cake mixture.
  4. Bake, uncovered, an additional 20 to 22 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool slightly; cover and chill. Cut into bars before serving.

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Made them yesterday,I don't know how how you can make it crumbly with electruc beater, it was cake batter.

Made these today and was very disappointed. No lemon flavor to them at all. And the crust crumbs were very doughy. Won't make again.

We're very sorry to hear that you were disappointed by this recipe. If it's something you hopefully will try again, here are some tips we hope will help make it turn out better. Make sure you press the crumbs firmly into the pan. If they are loose, it can have that doughy texture. Once the crumbs are firmly pressed in, bake first, then add cream cheese mixture, and bake again. Also, because some ovens may vary, make sure you bake until it's lightly brown. As for the lemon flavor, you can try adding one more teaspoon of lemon juice, but we wouldn't suggest any more than that. If you're still looking for a lemon recipe, and this one isn't for you, try our Lemon Chess Pie instead! Hopefully you'll like that better. https://www.mrfood.com/Pie/Lemon-Chess-Pie-680

These sound so amazing. I have a weak spot for lemony desserts. I'm sure these will be to die for!

Made them the crust crumbs were very artificial tasting gooey. I would use a yellow cake mix and 1/2 cup butter for the crust. no oil

Umm I tried to make this and my crumbs were a pastey dough??

We're sorry to hear you had some trouble with this recipe. We can suggest decreasing the amount of oil you used from 1/3 cup to 1/4 cup. Hopefully this helps!

Am still looking for a lemon square recipe that I had years ago. This one is ok but not really great.

Hi there! Have you tried our recipe for Sunny Lemon Squares?

The Sunny Lemon Squares are excellent!! Give them a try!

I made these last weekend and they are delicious! Next time I will add a little more lemon juice to kick it up a little.

Why can't people read recipes before complaining about them? Nuts? Where in the recipe does it call for nuts?

Can these be frozen?

Since there are some complaints about not being "lemony" enough, when I try these, I will add lemon zest to the cream cheese mixture. Zest always adds more flavor. Will give an update after I make these.

Made these today and loved them. Used the juice from 2 lemon wedges, didn't bother to measure it, and the lemon taste was just right. I will make these again!!

Made these today and we love them. Used the juice of 2 lemon wedges, didn't bother to measure it, and a nice lemon flavor. I will be making them again!

Where do you see nuts in this recipe?

Sounds really good. I love lemon flavor desserts. Instead of using nuts on top or even the unbaked cake mixture on top (sounds a little googy to me) I think that I will bake the cake/cookie mix first and then sprinkle it on top to give it that crunch texture and keep the lemon flavor going.

Are we looking at the same recipe? These bars don't call for any nuts! Also, why would the topping be 'gooey'?....since after pouring the filling over the 'already baked' crust, you top the filling with the reserved cake mixture, and then you bake it for an additional 20-22 minutes. What's difficult about this recipe to understand?

I have made this recipe and was disappointed as it did not have much of a lemon flavor. If I ever make it again I will be adding more Lemon juice - most recipes call for at least 1/4c of lemon juice.

do you grease the pan

You do not grease the pan. Step 1 states to "Press remaining cake mixture into an ungreased 9- x 13-inch pan." Thank you!

I tried the recipe and I liked it however I will use ground nuts next time, I didn't like the cake mix on top but I loved the bar.

I found these to be very sweet, sometimes, using cake mixes will do that. I won't be making them again.

I made these last night and they were GREAT. The only thing I changed was to put a lot more lemon juice in the creamed cheese mixture. I'd say I used 2+ TABLESPOONS. 8 thumbs up from co-workers. I'll make it again! I'm going to try it with orange cake and orange juice next time! YUMMERS... like a citrus cheesecake!


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