Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars

Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipe

Here in Florida, spring is in the air. I know because my car is covered in pollen and my sinuses are feeling the wrath. But I also know because I want something lemony. It’s not often I go out of my way for something with lemon, but lately my mouth has been watering at the thought. Besides, what is spring without a little fresh lemon squeeze? To satisfy the craving, I knew I had to make my Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars, the easiest, creamiest lemon bars ever.

Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipe

I vividly remember when I was little, we would frequent a seafood restaurant and I’d always order a sweet tea. It came with a lemon wedge on the side and after squeezing it into my tea, I’d pop it in my mouth to make sure I squeezed all the juice out I could. So I guess you say I’ve been a lemon lover all my life.

As I’ve gotten older, my love of lemon has gone from a wedge straight to the mouth, to a more subtle approach in both sweet and savory dishes. Most recently I went with a sweet approach. With a little time, I turned just 6 ingredients into the easiest, creamiest lemon bars ever. They’re just what lemony dreams are made of!

Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipe

And don’t worry. The lemon taste of these bars is not at all overpowering. I may have been known to go straight to the source, but you won’t even pucker at these lemon bars. There is just enough lemon flavor to give the treat a tartness, without being full on in your face. As you see, even my preschooler couldn’t keep her fingers out of the creamy lemony filling.

Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 roll of refrigerated cookie dough (16 oz.)
  • 16 oz. of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup of white sugar
  • 1 large lemon (juiced and completely zested)
  • 12 oz. of lemon yogurt
  • ¾ cups of heavy whipping cream (or 1 ½ cups of whipped topping)

Directions: 

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of a 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Be sure to cover the entire bottom of the dish. (You can also use 2, 8″ x 8″ dishes – ½ of the cookie dough in each dish.)Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipe
  3. Bake the cookie dough for 20 minutes and then let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  4. While the cookie dough is baking, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and ½ of the lemon zest. Once well combined, add the yogurt to the mixture and beat until it becomes a smooth and creamy consistency.Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipeCreamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipeCreamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipe
  5. In a second bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until it creates a firm, smooth texture. Carefully fold this (whipped topping) into the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Spread the mixture on top of the cookie (make sure the cookie is cool to the touch first) and top with the remaining lemon zest. Optional: garnish with lemon slices.Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipeCreamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipe
  7. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Then cut into desired bar size and serve cold.

Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipe

Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipe

If I had to choose a sweet treat that made me want to hide in the closet and eat it all myself, this would be it – NO LIE. Shoot, last week (before they were all gone), I even enjoyed a lemon bar with my morning coffee for a few days. Don’t judge…just make it for yourself and see!

Creamy Dreamy Lemon Bars ~ #lemonbars #recipe

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