Lemon Butter Chews have a scrumptious layer of cheesecake. Easy bar cookie starts with a cake mix.

Lemon Butter Chews Recipe


Lemon Butter Chews have a tangy cheesecake flavor and a kick of white chocolate sweetness. They begin with a cake mix, so they are fast and easy to make. The dual-layer lemon bar cookies are a tried and true recipe that always brings raves.

I also varied the recipe and used a devil’s food cake mix for a brownie variation. Feel free to use other flavors to suit your own tastes.

Lemon Butter Chews Recipe

1 box lemon cake mix
1 large egg, lightly beaten
8 Tablespoons butter, softened (1 stick)
1 cup white chocolate chips

Cheesecake Layer:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
2 large eggs
2 cups powdered confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick foil.

Combine cake mix, 1egg, and butter with a large spatula or wooden spoon. This will give your arm a workout, but if you keep folding it over and pressing to mix, it will eventually come together into a dough that resembles childrens’ play-dough.

Using your fingers, press dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the white chocolate chips and gently press a bit into the dough so they do not roll around.

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In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and 2 eggs for 30 seconds. Stir in sugar just until combined, then beat on medium speed for 3 minutes until smooth.

Spoon the cream cheese mixture evenly over the bottom layer. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until center is set. Remove from oven and let cool on rack to room temperature. Slice cookie bars into squares to serve.

Yield: 24 to 36 cookie bars, depending on cut size

Lemon Butter Chews Recipe Photo ©2020 Peggy Filippone

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