Easy Lemon Bars with Cake Mix Recipe

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2 servings 15 minute 25 minutes40 minutes

If you want to make easy lemon bars with a cake mix, this is the recipe for you. Make this enchanting dessert even if you only have 2 or 3 ingredients; if you have more ingredients, you can easily make more styles.

Ingredients

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven at 350ºF (176ºC).

2. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine lemon cake mix, softened butter, lemon zest, and egg.

3. Lightly butter a baking pan to keep the baked lemon dough from sticking. Then evenly distribute the batter.

4. Bake for 25-27 minutes, or until thoroughly baked.

5. Allow to cool, drizzle powdered sugar and cut into squares.

How to make easy lemon bars with cake mix

These lemon bars are delicious, but the best part is that you can make them quickly at home. Try these recipes; as long as you have two, three, four, or more ingredients, you can still make them and add whatever you want to your dessert.

Probably the best way is to start with what you have on hand and then experiment with different lemon bar styles. These fresh and tasty lemon bars will make you happy and delight your family.

easy lemon bars with cake mix
Lemon bars with cake mix.

How do you know when your lemon bars are done? Simply puncture a toothpick into it and see if it comes out clean; if not, they aren’t ready yet. Return it to the oven for a few minutes more, checking it frequently if you are unsure using the same method.

Cake mix options

You can select any of the following brands or the best cake mix that you have previously tested in your kitchen:

duncan hines lemon cake mix
Duncan Hines lemon cake mix.
  • Duncan Hines, perfectly moist lemon supreme
  • Betty Crocker cake mix, lemon, super moist
  • Pillsbury lemon cake mix
  • Krusteaz, Meyer lemon pound cake mix
  • Dr. Oetker, baking mix for lemon cloud
  • Southern Living, Meyer lemon pound cake mix
  • Sweet’n low, lemon snack cake mix

Lemon bars made with cake mix and pie filling (2 ingredients)

Lemon bars are incredibly simple to make, with only two ingredients. As you can see, if you use Angel food cake mix, it does not include lemon flavor; therefore, you can add a lemon pie filling. You can select Duncan Hines or another brand of your choice for both products. Now, proceed with the following steps:

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cake mix (Duncan Hines, Angel food or yellow cake mix)
  • lemon pie filling
pie filling lemon
Duncan Hines pie filling.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350ºF (176ºC).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the lemon cake mix and lemon pie filling.
  3. To keep the baked lemon dough from sticking, lightly butter a baking pan. Then, evenly distribute the batter.
  4. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until baked through.
  5. Allow to cool, drizzle powdered sugar and cut into squares.

It is worth noting that if you want to add more flavor, such as butter and eggs, or top it with another batter, you can do so. To be honest, these lemon bars are still delicious and the simplest way to make them.

Lemon bars with yellow cake mix and pie filling (3 ingredients)

Here’s another way to make lemon bars with only three ingredients. However, I’d like to point out that you can either combine the three ingredients to make the dough or place the lemon pie filling in the middle layer of the lemon bars.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cake mix (Duncan Hines, Angel food or yellow cake mix)
  • 1 can lemon pie filling
  • 1/2 cup softened butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350ºF (176ºC).
  2. In a large bowl, combine lemon cake mix and softened butter.
  3. To prevent the baked lemon dough from sticking, lightly butter a baking pan. Then, add half of the crumbly mixture and press with your hands.
  4. Then, evenly distribute the lemon pie filling. Add the rest of the crumbly mixture to that layer.
  5. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until baked through.
  6. Allow to cool, drizzle powdered sugar and cut into squares.

Lemon bars with cake mix and sweetened condensed milk

Make a sweet and magical crust top to your lemon bars with this recipe and satisfy your desire to taste more flavors at your table.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350ºF (176ºC).
  2. In a large bowl, stir lemon cake mix, softened butter and egg.
  3. To keep the baked lemon dough from sticking, lightly butter a baking pan. Then, evenly distribute the mixture to the bottom of a baking pan.
  4. Combine sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Pour this over the cake mix mixture.
  5. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until baked through.
  6. Allow to cool, drizzle powdered sugar and cut into squares.

Lemon bars with cake mix and cream cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350ºF (176ºC).
  2. In a large bowl, stir lemon cake mix, softened butter and egg.
  3. To prevent the baked lemon dough from sticking, lightly butter a baking pan. Then, evenly distribute the mixture into the bottom of a baking pan.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and gradually add powdered sugar. Mix in lemon juice and lemon zest. Then, beat 1 egg into the cream cheese mixture. Pour this over the cake mix mixture.
  5. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until baked through.
  6. Allow to cool and cut into squares.

You can make ooey gooey lemon bars with this recipe, but you must add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the lemon cake mix mixture.

How to store the lemon bars

Place the lemon bars in an airtight container or wrap in aluminum foil and transfer to a zip bag to keep fresh for another day. You can also keep them in the freezer or refrigerator for a longer period of time.


Easy Lemon Bars with Cake Mix Recipe

If you want to make easy lemon bars with a cake mix, this is the recipe for you. Make this enchanting dessert even if you only have 2 or 3 ingredients; if you have more ingredients, you can easily make more styles.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon bars
Servings: 2
Calories: 170kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven at 350ºF (176ºC).
  • In a large bowl, thoroughly combine lemon cake mix, softened butter, lemon zest, and egg.
  • Lightly butter a baking pan to keep the baked lemon dough from sticking. Then evenly distribute the batter.
  • Bake for 25-27 minutes, or until thoroughly baked.
  • Allow to cool, drizzle powdered sugar and cut into squares.

Notes

Calories were estimated using an online nutrition calculator. As a rough guide, it is not intended to replace the advice of a professional dietitian. The exact values can vary depending on the exact ingredients used.

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