Take-out Tuesday, Magic Lemon Bars

When I saw an Impossible Lemon Coconut Pie over at Happier than a Pig in Mud, I raced to my pantry to see if I had the ingredients…

I could practically taste it!

But alas, not a box of Bisquick to be found…

But I did have a lemon cake mix, sweetened condensed milk, coconut and white chocolate

A little googling, and I found a recipe for Lemon Gooey Bars from Crazy for Crust

You make the batter by mixing the cake mix, egg and butter

Line a baking dish with parchment paper, spray the paper with cooking spray

I used a 10″ x 10″ square, and use your finger tips to pat 2/3 of the batter into an even layer

Sprinkle with white chocolate chips and coconut if desired

Pour milk over all and then top with pieces of remaining batter

Bake until set and golden

Let cool completely, 3-4 hours, before lifting paper out of dish and cutting into squares or bars

Cupcake papers are nice for serving

Magic Lemon Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 bars


  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 can 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 โ€“ 1 cup shredded coconut optional
  • fresh lemon zest for garnish


  • Cream butter with a mixer and add dry cake mix and egg. Mix until it comes together in a stiff cookie batter. Reserve 1/3 of batter for topping
  • Line a large square baking dish, like a 10 x 10, with parchment paper. {โ€œ9 x 13โ€ will yield a thinner bar} Spray the paper to prevent it from sticking to the baked cookies.
  • Pat 2/3 of dough onto sprayed paper in dish forming an even layer. Top with chocolate chips and desired amount of coconut. Pour milk over all. Drop remaining batter in small pieces over top and gently press down.
  • Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes, until mixture is set and golden. Place dish on wire rack to cool. Let cool for 3-4 hours. Remove from pan by lifting out paper. Top with lemon zest. Cut into squares or bars. Place cookies in individual cupcake papers for ease of serving. Can be kept covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.
Keyword cake mix cookies, easy lemon bars, lemon cookies

The only hard part of this recipe is waiting for the cookies to cool before cutting them and digging in!!

These are similar to Lemon Cheesecake Squares

And don’t forget about  Lazy Lemon Pie in a Jar

And Citrus Glazed Last Minute Lemon Loaf

Perfect for gifting, maybe to a special mom you know…

This month it’s all about Lemon!

I love all these lemon sweets but as soon as I stock up a box of Bisquick I am going to make Lynn’s Impossible Coconut Lemon Pie!

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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Rustic and RefinedBetween Naps on the PorchCelebrate and Decorate,

Coastal CharmCooking and Crafting with J&J,  The Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Loriโ€™s Culinary Creations,   Moonlight and Mason Jars

Full Plate Thursday  Foodie Friday & Everything Else

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18 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Magic Lemon Bars”
  1. Mary says:

    I love lemon bars Jenna and bars from a doctored cake mix makes them easier to enjoy!

  2. Those look GOOD, Jenna! Hey, I finally pulled out my Society6 watercolor pillow covers – taking back my house!

  3. Yum! Now I want something lemon and sweet!

  4. Love anything lemon and gooey suits me.

  5. lulu says:

    It looks like you found a good alternative. Coconut makes a lot of things better.

  6. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    Love the lemon bars and really want to try the lemon pie in a jar. This is such a nice time of the year for a picnic before it gets too hot! Lemon pie in a jar is the perfect take-along treat!

  7. Jodi says:

    I adore anything lemon flavored!!!

  8. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, lemon is my middle name! I can’t get enough recipes using this amazing citrus. Your recipe looks so yummy, wish I had a piece now along with my coffee. I’ll check your links too, thanks for sharing these. Gorgeous photography. I’ve been missing, went to the beach at Seaside so catching up……….

  9. This is fascinating. Lemon is my favorite and once I’m able to eat things like that I have a feeling I will be giving this one a try!

  10. Lemon desserts are my weakness and you are tempting me in so many delicious ways today Jenna!

    Johanne Lamarche


  11. The lemon bars sound like a very nice treat:@)

  12. Jenna, I have never met a lemon bar that I didn’t like! This recipe sounds incredible and I will definitely make’! I have the ingredients on hand, but the wait time could be hard! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  13. Miz Helen says:

    Jenna, these Magic Lemon Bars will be fantastic and I can’t wait to try them, maybe today! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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