Lemon Creme Bars

Lemon. Again. Shocker!

I'll keep it short and sweet. I love to bake from scratch, to combine each and every ingredient, building on each layer, creating something delicious with a little science, and let's face it, a little luck. But who am I to turn my nose up to Betty Crocker? I'll be the first to admit, I am not opposed to an occasional shortcut, especially when the end result tastes this good.

Betty Crocker's Lemon Creme Bars 
1/2 cup cold butter
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® oatmeal cookie mix
1 egg
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/4 cup lemon juice

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.

In large bowl, cut butter into cookie mix, using fork or pastry blender. Stir in egg until mixture is crumbly. Press half of cookie mixture into bottom of pan; bake 15 minutes.

In small bowl, stir condensed milk, lemon peel and lemon juice until thick. Spread over baked crust. Crumble remaining cookie mixture over top. 

Bake about 25 minutes longer or until light golden brown. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. For bars, cut into 5 rows by 5 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.



  1. These look fantastic and sometimes easy is just what's needed. :)

  2. I really like this recipe because there is an equal amount of creme to crust! It is also nice to have a something quick to go to when unexpected people arrive. Yum!

  3. Perfect to bring to a school bake sale! Yum! I love lemon!

  4. I'm all into shortcuts, especially in the summer! Loving the lemon creme with the oatmeal cookies, sounds like a dreamy combination!

  5. I love a good short cut now and then! I made cupcakes with a box mix (doctored up of course) today! These bars look so good! I am going to have to try these very soon. I have never made a lemon dessert - this might be my first!

  6. Sweet and easy, thank God for Betty Crocker! And thanks to you for bringing us this yumminess!


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