Bar recipes are some of my favorite desserts. They come together so quickly and are perfect for bake sales and pot luck dinners. These Lemon Cheesecake Bars have a fun animal cracker crust and they taste just amazing.
We like any cheesecake recipes at our house. I love to combine cream cheese in just about any baked goods. I love the creaminess of it and the decadence that it gives to the recipe. Today it gets combined into a slice that will knock your socks off.
My husband was first in line for this dessert. He loves any sweet treat with lemons in them. If you enjoy using lemons too, be cure to check out my Gluten free lemon slice recipe. It’s amazing!
Making a crumb crust is very easy if you use a food processor. You can use all sorts of ingredients. Today I chose animal crackers. They have a slight sweetness to them and crumble up nicely, and this makes them the perfect base for these tart cheesecake bars.
My husband is very fond of lemon desserts, so this is a special treat for him. He’s been really helpful lately with all the DIY projects that I have been doing for spring and I wanted to treat him to his favorite. He loves the lightness of lemon desserts and this one is very light and fluffy.
Remember those fun little boxes that look like a circus car, filled with tiny animals? Yup…they are going to end up on the bottom of these lemon cheesecake bars. How fun is that? There is nothing like some animal crackers to make you feel like a kid again!
This lemon cheesecake bars recipe is very easy to make.
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Start by combining your animal crackers, cubed butter, sea salt and brown sugar in a food processor. Pulse until the butter is incorporated and the mixture is crumbly.
Bake the crumb crust for about 10 minutes until it is lightly browned. Cool it while you make the cheesecake filling.
Place the softened cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until it is fluffy and creamy. Mix in the eggs, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar. The mixture will be very lightly colored. If you want it to be a richer yellow, you can add a few drops of yellow gel food coloring. Spread the mixture into a 9 x 13″ baking pan.
Bake at 325 º F for about 40-45 minutes until the edges are starting to brown and the middle is set and no longer jiggly.
The bars will need to cool for an hour and then be placed in the fridge. Don’t try to cut them for at least four hours. (don’t ask why I know this!) Once they are completely cooled and set, cut them into bars.
When I trimmed my bars to have straight edges, I saved some of the animal cracker crust to use as a light crumble on top. Finally, a quick sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar gives a nice finishing touch.
Time to taste them!
These delicious lemon cheesecake bars are sweet, creamy and full of the fresh taste of lemon juice. They make the perfect spring dessert. You won’t be able to stop eating these!
Every bite of these tangy/sweet bars have a crunch of the buttery animal crackers. What a fun finish to creamy sweetness of the cheesecake. Bring them to a pot luck, or serve them after a fun barbecue. It’s finally spring!
For the animal cracker crust: