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Lemon Pie Bars

Lemon Pie Bars

These Lemon Pie Bars are light, full of lemon flavor and topped with cool whip!

Summer would not be complete without making one of my favorite summer dessert recipes.

These lemon pie bars have been a family favorite since as long as I can remember.

The responsibility has been passed down to me to make this delicious dessert for all of our family get-togethers, especially in the summer.

These lemon pie bars are already super simple to make, but I have made them even simpler by using Pillsbury Pie Crusts.

Rather than making the crust from scratch, I cheated and used refrigerated pie crusts.

And the best part, I had my whole family fooled because they kept coming up to me and telling me that I finally made a crust that was outstanding.

Hahaha….little did they know, until now that I didn’t make the crust…it’s all thanks to Pillsbury!

Lemon Pie Bars Recipe

LEMON BARS INGREDIENTS

 REFRIGERATED PIE CRUSTS: 2 packages of refrigerated pie crusts. 

 CREAM CHEESE: 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese. 

 POWDER SUGAR: 1 cup of powdered sugar. 

 COOL WHIP: 1 (8oz.) tub of Cool Whip. Make sure to thaw the Cool Whip first. 

 LEMON PUDDING MIX: 2 (3.4 oz.) boxes of instant lemon pudding. Don’t make the pudding, you just need the dry mix. 

 MILK: 3 cups of milk. 

Lemon Pie Bars Recipe

HOW TO MAKE LEMON PIE BARS

To make these Lemon Pie Bars, simply:

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 450F degrees. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

STEP 1: Unroll both refrigerated pie crusts. Press both pie crusts into the bottom of the prepared pan, folding pie crust edges down. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

MAKE LAYER ONE:

STEP 2: In a medium size bowl, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, 1 cup of Cool Whip from the 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip. Spread on top of cooled pie crust.

MAKE LAYER TWO:

STEP 3: In a medium-size bowl, whisk together instant lemon pudding mix, and cold milk until pudding is thick. Spread on top of cream cheese layer.

MAKE LAYER THREE:

STEP 4: Spread remaining Cool Whip topping on top of lemon pudding layer and sprinkle with yellow colored sugar sprinkles.

STEP 5: Place pie bars in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Remove cooled pie bars from the baking pan using the aluminum foil overhang on the sides.

STEP 6: Cut into squares. Use a very sharp knife and wipe off with a paper towel between each cut to make neat, even cuts.

Easy Lemon Pie Bars

BAKING TIPS

PIE CRUSTAfter you bake the pie crusts, make sure that you let the pie crust cool BEFORE you add the cream cheese mixture on top of the pie crust. To speed up the cooling process, I like to place the pie crust in the fridge for about 10 minutes to cool it down faster.

CHILL BARS BEFORE CUTTING: Make sure you let these bars set for at LEAST an hour in the fridge before serving. You want to give these bars enough time to mold the flavors together, the longer in the fridge the better.

CHOCOLATE LOVERS!: If you want to switch it up, you can use chocolate pudding instead of lemon pudding for a delicious chocolate dessert. Both flavors are equally amazing and always a huge hit when I bring these bars to a party. And to make these bars even more fun top with sprinkles!

LEMON PIE BARS RECIPE

BAKING TOOLS NEEDED

9-INCH BAKING PAN:  Here is the pan that I used to make these bars. 

MIXING BOWLS: These are my all-time favorite mixing bowls. 

WHISK: Everyone needs a really good whisk in their kitchen and this one is the BEST WHISK!

Lemon Pie Bars Recipe

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Lemon Pie Bars
Yield: 12 Lemon Bars

Lemon Pie Bars

Prep Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 crusts) package Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 oz.) tub Cool Whip, divided
  • 2 (3.4 oz.) boxes instant lemon pudding, dry
  • 3 cups milk
  • sprinkles, for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F degrees. Line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Unroll both refrigerated pie crusts. Press both pie crusts into the bottom of the prepared pan, folding pie crust edges down. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

MAKE LAYER ONE:

  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, 1 cup of Cool Whip from the 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip. Spread on top of cooled pie crust.

MAKE LAYER TWO:

  1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together instant lemon pudding mix, and cold milk until pudding is thick. Spread on top of cream cheese layer.

MAKE LAYER THREE:

  1. Spread remaining Cool Whip topping on top of lemon pudding layer and sprinkle with yellow colored sugar sprinkles.
  2. Place pie bars in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Remove cooled pie bars from the baking pan using the aluminum foil overhang on the sides.
  3. Cut into squares. Use a very sharp knife and wipe off with a paper towel between each cut to make neat, even cuts.

Notes

*Store pie bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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48 comments on “Lemon Pie Bars”

  1. I love lemon flavored desserts. They are absolutely irresistible to me so naturally these pie bars are must try. Can’t wait to make them. These baars look so delicious and creamy and perfect!

  2. Oh gosh I adore lemon pie and these bars are simply stunning! They are like a ray of sunshine…these remind me of warm, summery days <3 Wish I could have one right now!

  3. Bright and joyful like a sunny summer day! Lemon desserts are among my favorites and these look and sound fantastic!

  4. Lemon has got to be my favorite flavor. It has such a clean taste. I bet the pie bars go fast when you put them out. I know our family would gobble them up. I’d like to make this for a summer gathering – it would be perfect. I’m pinning to make later.

  5. Aren’t this bars fluffy and look just like a lemony cloud? You bet! I love them and my kids are excited each time i cook them.

  6. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors! These look absolutely delightful and I’m seriously going to make this.

  7. Oh, yes! These look outrageously delicious! I am so over Christmas-spice everything and cannot wait for those bright spring flavors to come back!

  8. I have a serious weakness for lemon.. especially with added sugar and in bar form! This looks super easy and absolutely delicious.. can’t wait to give it a try!

  9. I adore all things lemon and these lemon pie bars look outstanding. They are seriously everything I love in a dessert! Pretty and delicious!

  10. We happen to be lemon pie lovers. I know these would be a hit here. Also, I have a friend who loves lemon pie. These bars are just the thing I need to take the next time we go there for dinner. She will be thrilled.

  11. I love anything lemon and these are now on my top must make list. They look so creamy and light.

  12. I love these so much!! Thanks for sharing! 

  13. New favorite Christmas dessert! the layers are each completely awesome!!

  14. These are amazing! sweet, savory and tart all in one!

  15. These look so creamy and delicious! I adore lemon desserts!

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  18. Can splenda be used in the cream cheese instead of sugar?

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  20. Will thick cream do to replace cool whip? absolutely yummy recipe ! Can’t wait to make it 😉 

  21. We made these for Super Bowl deserts. The topping and filling was wonderful but we feel the crust was too thick. We used 2 separate 9×9 pans as we made both Lemon and Chocolate recipes. We will see what one crust will do for our next attempt and see what happens. Also just cooking these for only 10 minutes left the crust a little doughy and under cooked in our opinion. Could be our oven though. Thank you for the opportunity to give your recipe a try. If stars were available we would give 4 out of 5 with the crust being the deciding factor.

  22. I have made this dessert several times. I quite often double the cream cheese layer and I have doubled the pudding layer also. Don’t limit the recipe to only lemon. Try chocolate…….vanilla or white chocolate with fresh strawberries. Reduced fat cream cheese gives it the same flavor, but less calories.

  23. Easy cooking, I’ve been needing easy lemon bars for a long time. Yum

  24. Has anyone doubled this recipe?

  25. Why is it that you need two pie crusts, will one work?  
    It sounds delicious!

  26. Thank you for the suggestion of the tofutti, I will give it a try and let you know.

  27. I’m allergic to cream cheese and I love anything lemon. I would love to make these lemon pie bars, any suggestions on what to substitute for the cream cheese?

  28. These are SO fun!! loooove lemon!

  29. I need these lemon bars in my life right now. So gorgeous. Lemon is my weakness.

  30. I saw this picture floating around FB yesterday and was wowed, I am definitely making these before the summer is out.

  31. Lemon desserts are my FAVORITE!!!

  32. Love easy treats in the summer and this is surely one of them!

  33. We had a dessert like this at a gathering once and me and my mom have been trying to find the recipe for ages. Cannot wait to give this a try! It looks spot on (I think it was the pudding we missed) Pinning!

  34. These lemon pie bars scream summer!!! I love your step by step instructions. It’s so super helpful (yet I can’t bring myself to include them on my blog lol). Love your colorful bowls, too – what a happy post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  35. I think the kids would love to make these with me!

  36. Oh what a delicious and refreshing summer dessert! Easy, too – always a plus.

  37. These look absolutely delicious, Jenn!

  38. I absolutely LOVE lemon flavor anything, so I can’t wait to try these bars.

  39. my husband would love this

  40. LOVE these! I need to make these for my grandpa ASAP! Lemon anything is his favorite!

  41. These bars are what summertime should look like!!

  42. This sounds like the perfect summer dessert – light, creamy and full of lemon flavor.

  43. There is nothing like a lemon treat on a hot summer day! LOVE that you used Pillsbury crusts to make them even easier!

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