Recipe Box, Easy Bake Lemon Bars

I am all about lightening and brightening this week, as day after dreary January day goes by

When I was preparing the January Paint Bucket, my monthly list of recipe inspiration, I stumbled upon so many recipes for easy lemon bars with a small number of ingredients, and many of the recipes are exactly the same

I ended up choosing a recipe from The Country Cook

It only has 3 ingredients and is ridiculously easy to make

You can mix in up right in the baking dish

Cream the butter into the dry cake mix and reserve some for the topping

Top with dollops of pie filling

Spread out into an even layer on top of crumbly base

Top with reserved crumbs

And bake!

Note:  Let dish cool completely and then refrigerate for a while before cutting into bars.  Store bars in a covered container in the refrigerator

These are not exactly diet food, however, if you cut this into 24 bars, each bar is only about 135 calories

Easy Bake Lemon Bars

A cake mix makes this recipe super easy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
chilling and cutting 1 hour
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 bars


  • 1 box yellow or lemon moist cake mix
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 can 21 oz. lemon pie filling
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish thoroughly with cooking spray. Pour cake mix into pan and top with butter.
  • Using a fork, push butter into dry mix until it is all incorporated as evenly as possible.
  • Reserve about 1/4 cup of crumb mixture for topping. Press into an even layer.
  • Using a large spoon, top batter with dollops of lemon pie filling and then spread the filling evenly over base.
  • Top filling with reserved crumbs.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes until base seems set and begins to turn golden.
  • Cool dish, then cover and refrigerate before slicing into bars.* Store bars in a covered container in the refrigerator.


*if you cut this into 24 bars, each bar will be approximately 135 calories
Keyword easy lemon bars, lemon bars, lemon cake mix cookies, lemon cookies

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25 Responses to “Recipe Box, Easy Bake Lemon Bars”
  1. Jenna, the sun is out this morning! I can’t believe how beautiful. Sorry, I am having a moment 😂 Oh how I love lemon bars, one of my favorites. I haven’t seen this recipe before and how easy. One (or three) would be so good with my coffee this morning! Enjoy your day!

  2. Jodi says:

    Lemon LOVE!

  3. Sharon Mann says:

    How happy this morning, lemon bars is a great way to start the day.

  4. Wow, I need this for a potluck coming up this spring!! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. These look good and easy. I’ll have to check to see if we have the Duncan lemon cream here!

  6. Ricki Treleaven says:

    This recipe is much easier than mine. I need to try it!!! Thanks, Jenna!

  7. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I love anything lemon, and I adore lemon bars. I have a recipe I make, but your recipe looks much easier. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Cyndi Raines says:

    My mouth is watering and I want one now! Ha I love anything lemon. Will try for sure and am pinning. Thanks Jenna! (Hang in there girl, we’re half way through January!) 😉

  9. Mary says:

    I never met a lemon bar I could resist Jenna! They look delicious!! ♥

  10. Nancy says:

    Lemony love!

  11. Miz Helen says:

    What a great recipe for lemon bars that I will be trying soon, pinned and bookmarked! Hope you are having a great week and staying warm. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Ewelinka says:

    These rock!! Thanks for reminding me to make them this week. Yay 😋

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