Since spring has arrived, and I needed to use up the last of the lemons off of our tree, I decided to make some lemon bars. For awhile now I have been eyeing this recipe on Pinterest, but it was such a simple recipe that I didn’t think it could possibly turn out as good as the pictures led you to believe. Finally, I just had to try it for myself so I could stop thinking about it. What a pleasant surprise that it turned out exactly as I had hoped it would. It was tart, lemony, creamy, and had a yummy shortbread crust. I think lemon and cream cheese are just meant to be together. These bars are definitely proof of that.
The best thing about them, besides the taste, is that each layer only contains a few ingredients. So even though you are dealing with 3 different layers, it doesn’t take very long to put together. Make sure you don’t overcook the cookie crust. I followed the recipe exactly, and they came out great. Also don’t be alarmed if the center of the bars looks jiggly after the 2nd baking. It will firm up as it cools. With their light yellow color, these bars would be perfect for an Easter celebration or spring get-together.
How is your spring going? Has it started to warm up yet where you live? In Arizona in the Phoenix area we don’t get to experience seasons like some parts of the country. But we do experience them in a different way. Right now the Palo Verde trees (our state tree) are in full bloom. Little yellow blossoms are falling from the trees and piling up in the gutters and on the ground almost like a spring snow. As I drove around this week, blossoms were falling from trees and floating in the air as the breeze dislodged them, then dancing across the streets like tiny ballerinas. Underneath the trees, Palo Verde blossoms coat the ground as if someone laid down a yellow blanket for a spring picnic. It is so beautiful! And, the advantage of snow blossoms is they are not cold, plus you don’t have to scrape them off of your windshield! Although, I’m not sure they would make very good snow angels. But seasons are a little hard to come by here, so I’ll take what I can get!
Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, originally found on Allrecipes
Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, originally found on Allrecipes
You teased me with the first line of this post with “spring has arrived” and “lemons off our tree”, but then delicious lemon bars too?!?! Not fair 😉 I’m overcome with envy. [That Palo Verde tree is gorgeous.] I’ll just have to wait for Mother Nature to decide we too are ready for blossoms and such. And those lemon bars…wow they look delicious! At least I can taste those, as I will be making them soon…thanks for sharing the recipe!
Thank you so much, Nancy! I hope you do get to try these lemon bars. They were a big hit with my family and friends. Very easy to make, too. I hope you will get to experience spring soon where you live, too. But when you are enjoying your summer weather, we will be mourning our heat so I guess there is no perfect place to live! I really appreciate your kind comments. Have a great week!
These look wonderful, Shari. I can’t wait to try out this recipe!
Thank you so much, Teresa! If you like lemon bars, I think you will love this recipe. Definitely one of the favorite things I’ve made this year. I appreciate you stopping by!
Great photo of the Palo Verde tree! The blossoms are gorgeous!
I laughed when you said you just had to make this recipe so you could stop thinking about it. I know EXACTLY what you mean. I’ll be trying it as well, because my favourite husband would absolutely love these. Thanks for posting!
Thank you, Ruth! I am so glad you understand what I meant about not being able to stop thinking about a recipe. It makes me feel more normal. Or maybe we are both crazy?:) No, I’m sure that isn’t it. Couldn’t be. I hope you do get a chance to try the lemon bars for your husband. All the lemon lovers in our family really liked them. Hope you had a good Easter. Thanks for stopping by!
What a gorgeous “yellow” post. I am on a real lemon kick these days and I must make your lemon bars too, especially when cream cheese is involved. I can almost smell them! Thank you for the idea.
Thank you so much! I used to not like lemon things very much but am liking it more and more these days. Pairing it with cream cheese really pushed me over the edge!:) I hope you get a chance to make them. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting!
These look amazing!! I’ve always loved lemon bars, and this recipe sounds so great that I’ll definitely be trying them!
Thanks so much! If you love lemon bars, I think you would really like them. It just takes lemon bars up a notch with the cream cheese. I really appreciate you dropping by!
Wow, I totally want one!
I wish I could have shared them with you, Lori! Unfortunately, I don’t think they would have tasted too good by the time I mailed it to you!:) Hope you can try the recipe sometime instead. Thanks so much for commenting!
I love spring in Arizona! The cactus flowers are so beautiful too! It’s interesting how so many people don’t realize how ‘green’ Arizona is and not a sandy desert! I love how you selected this beautiful tree for your post on lemon bars! Yellow is simply one of my all time favorite colors and lemon is a flavor I can’t live without. I’ve always wanted a good lemon bar recipe, have been looking for some time now, and with your endorsement, Shari, I think this sounds like the winner! Pinning and plussing!
I appreciate your pinning and plussing, Roz! That means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy the lemon bars as much as we did. The desert really is pretty in the spring. The saguaros are just starting to blossom right now, also. That is so interesting that yellow is one of your favorite colors as it is my favorite color, too. It is just so cheerful. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you had a great Easter weekend!
Hi Shari, just found your blog and your pics are so beautiful, love the picture of your palo verde tree. Always looking for citrus recipes this time of year myself. I live in Arizona most of the time except 2 or 3 summer months in Oregon.
Hi, Cheri! It is so nice to meet a fellow blogger from Arizona! Do you live in the Phoenix area? I look forward to checking out your blog. Oregon is such a beautiful place. We have vacationed there in the past. How nice you can get away from the heat in the summer for a little while. I really appreciate you stopping by and your nice comments.
What a fresh and tasty sounding recipe. Just like spring in Phoenix, bright and cool! Thanks so much.
Thank you, Ginny! The lemon bars did seem like the perfect spring recipe although I wouldn’t mind eating them anytime of the year!:) I hope you had a great Easter weekend. Thanks for stopping by!
These look amazing, Shari – I’ve got a lemon on my lemon tree in our conservatory that’s just ripe now, so I’m going to make some of these for our family Easter get together this weekend – perfect for spring!
Thanks for the recipe…
You are so welcome, Emma! I hope you and your family enjoyed the lemon bars if you got a chance to make them. They do seem like they would be a good dessert for Easter. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!
…Delicious – lemon is indeed perfect for Easter – so fresh and full of zesty life!
Thanks so much, Dimple! Really simple to make, considering how flavorful they were. I appreciate you stopping by!
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