Luscious Lemon Cream Cheese Bars – A Sweet Homage to Grandma’s Kitchen

Embark on a delightful journey to the heart of grandma’s kitchen with our recipe for Lemon Cream Cheese Bars. This sweet and tangy dessert is a testament to the classic flavors that have delighted generations. The combination of flaky crescent roll layers, velvety cream cheese, and the zesty burst of lemons creates a treat that is both nostalgic and irresistibly delicious.


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages refrigerated crescent roll dough, divided
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced, divided
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and generously spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine the zest of 1 1/2 lemons and the juice from 2 lemons. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup of sugar into the lemon zest mixture until smooth and creamy. Spread this delightful mixture over one layer of crescent roll dough in the prepared baking dish.
  3. Unroll the second can of crescent roll dough and carefully layer it over the cream cheese mixture, gently stretching the dough to the edges. Brush the melted butter over the top layer of crescent roll dough.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining lemon zest and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Sprinkle this zesty sugar mixture over the buttered crescent roll dough.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Allow the bars to cool for about 20 minutes.
  6. Lift the dessert from the baking dish using the foil and transfer it to a cutting board. Cut into squares, leaving them on the foil. Return the dessert to the baking dish and refrigerate until chilled, for at least 1 hour.

Conclusion: Indulge in the sweet nostalgia of Grandma’s cooking with these luscious Lemon Cream Cheese Bars. The layers of flaky crescent roll dough, creamy lemon-infused cream cheese, and a hint of sweetness make these bars a timeless and irresistible treat. Share the joy of homemade goodness with family and friends, and let the essence of grandma’s kitchen come alive in every bite. Enjoy these delectable bars as a delightful ending to any meal or as a special treat for any occasion.

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