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Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 9
Author Nichole

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Crust:

  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 Cups all purpose flour

Lemon Cheesecake:

  • 8 Ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest divided
  • 1/2 Cup sugar

Instructions

  • For the bars:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line an 8x8 or 9x9 inch square baking dish with foil and spray liberally with non stick cooking spray.
  • In bowl of stand mixer using paddle attachment, or large bowl with hand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Turn mixer to low and slowly add the flour (1/2 cup at a time) and mix just until dough comes together.
  • Press half of the dough into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
  • Cool completely before filling.
  • Store remaining sugar cookie dough in a bowl in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • For the Filling:
  • In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or medium bowl with a hand mixer beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and 1 Tbsp. of the lemon zest until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour filling over cooled crust.
  • Top filling with the remaining sugar cookie dough by simply crumbling it evenly over the top.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until cookie crumble is light golden in color.
  • Top with remaining lemon zest as desired.