Alex is graduating from high school this year, so we’ve got a big open house coming up at our house. So of course, there’s a lot planning going on right now. A couple of weeks ago, we were discussing the menu and we got to talking about the desserts. A cake from the bakery is a must, but I also like to make one or two other desserts. Well, Alex requested that I make lemon bars, but the crazy thing is….I’ve never made lemon bars and I didn’t even have a recipe for them.
Now just because I’ve never made lemon bars doesn’t mean I don’t love them or have an opinion on what they should taste like. So I started looking around the internet trying to find the perfect recipe. I’ve now narrowed it down to about three recipes. This recipe is the first recipe that I’ve tried. It’s a recipe that Krista from Everyday Mom’s Meals made and she found the recipe from Brandie at The Country Cook. I have to tell you, both of these ladies do a fabulous job of creating recipes that are delicious, family friendly and easy, perfect for busy families!
These lemon bars definitely fall into the category of easy! The original recipe only calls for three ingredients, I tweaked it a little bit and added lemon zest, but these were still a snap to make. But how do they taste? They are fabulous, just like you would expect a lemon bar to taste. These bars are definitely a contender for Alex’s open house and will be a great go-to when I need to put together a quick dessert.
Easiest Ever Lemon Bars
- 1 yellow cake mix
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 (21 oz) can lemon pie filling
- zest of 1 lemon, divided (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix and lemon zest (if using). Add butter and using a pastry blender or a fork, incorporate it into cake mix until it becomes crumbly. Remove 1/2 cup of mixture.
Press remaining mixture into prepared pan to form a crust.
Mix remaining lemon zest (if using) with the pie filling. Spread over the crust.
Sprinkle the reserve 1/2 cup cake mixture over the top.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until it looks set and is starting to become golden.
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