Friday, April 16, 2010

Lemon Cheese Bars

Dah dah dat dah.....! (trumpet sound) I AM CAST FREE!!

Oh sweet Jesus, I am free. Those were the longest 4 weeks of my life. I was shedding like a snake when it came off, and I don't have much range of motion in my wrist and my arm is not able to straighten all the way yet, but glory be, I can move it.

The last few days were the worst, since I knew it was coming off soon. To take my mind off of it for a little while, I looked for a recipe that was easy enough to make pretty much with one hand. I had a couple Meyer lemons that looks close to end of their life, so I found this recipe in my church's cookbook we put out about 5 years ago. I have to say that I love the local cookbooks that churches, community centers, school and service organizations put together. They have the tried and true recipes that people always love. These bars fit this to a tee. I was told by several people at work that I could bring these in every week if I wanted.

Lemon Cheese Bars
from Norma and Marge at St. Marks Lutheran Church

1 box yellow cake mix
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice (I used the juice of two Meyer lemons)
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix dry cake mix, 1 egg and 1/3 cup oil until crumbly. Reserve one cup. Pat remaining mixture into bottom of an ungreased 9x13 pan. Bake 15 minutes. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg and lemon juice until light and smooth. Spread over baked crust. Sprinkle reserved crumbs on top of lemon layer. Bake 15 minutes longer. When cool, cut into bars.

Easy and delicious. Give 'em a try soon!


The Sugar Queen said...

Those look fantastic! It's been years since I've made these. I'll have to make them again!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Congrats on getting rid of the cast. I know what that is like. Delightful lemon bars. Great photos. Cheers!

dawn said...

yeah! congrats. never had a cast on but i've heard of the itchy itchies are bad.

buffalodick said...

Happy to hear you are cast-free..dessert looks wonderful!

Lea Ann said...

Congrats on being cast free. I can only imagine your relief. Love this simple recipe. Sounds wonderful. Another bookmarked.

Julie said...

I love that they are easy enough to make with one hand! They look delicious enough to shove in with both hands :)

noble pig said...

Yeah! And those look incredible...I would wear a cast if I could have one...guess I'll just have to make them!

Debbie said...

Congratulations on finally being "free!" The bars look great and I also love old local and church cookbooks!

Christine said...

i love the combination of lemon and cheese! mmm.

Leslie said...

Oh yeah yeah yeah..NOMORE cast!!!! That is fun stuff!
Yummy bars there Missy!

Monica H said...

Yay so glad the cast is off! Time for a celebration- wanna coe over for a drink?!

These look SO good. I love cream cheese and lemon together and they seem so simple. Will definitely be making these soon!

Gypsy Girl Gourmet said...

These look yummy! I have a bag of lemons I must juice asap. I used the peels to make limoncello :) Great job!

Bob said...

Yay no cast! The bars look great. My mom sends me cookbooks whenever her church puts them out, I agree they're the bomb.

Sophie said...


Brussels calling!! these lemon bars look so tasty & fab too!


Cheryl said...

I made these and they were SOOOO good!