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Lemon Pie Bars

Lemon Pie Bars Recipe

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


✔  After 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.

✔ 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.

✔ 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

Lemon Pie Bars

Yield: 12 Lemon Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes + 1 hour of chilling

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

★ Make sure to read my BAKING TIPS above before you start baking!

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  • 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


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.


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.


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.


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 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.

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


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33 Responses to “Lemon Pie Bars”

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  3. Brenda — April 9, 2016 at 12:17 pm

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

    • Jenn — April 11th, 2016 @ 10:46 am

      I have never tried it but I’m don’t see why you couldn’t use splenda! 🙂

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  5. Johanna — March 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm

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

    • Jenn — March 22nd, 2016 @ 2:39 pm

      Yeah, that should be fine. Enjoy! 🙂

  6. MichaelnDebra — February 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    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.

  7. Pearl — August 18, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    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.

  8. Ge Bowren — August 11, 2015 at 10:22 am

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

  9. Brook — March 19, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Has anyone doubled this recipe?

  10. Eleanor Johnson — October 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — October 20th, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

      Hi Eleanor,

      I used two pie crusts because it makes the bottom of these bars thicker, I have never used only one pie crust because I think the bottom would be too thin.

  11. Marilee Austin — August 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

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

  12. Marilee Austin — August 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    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?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — August 25th, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

      I don’t know for sure what you can substitute for cream cheese but I do know Tofutti makes a cream cheese substitute that might be a great option for you. Here is a link to their website: Hopefully that will point you in the right direction! 🙂

  13. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — July 29, 2014 at 9:11 am

    These are SO fun!! loooove lemon!

  14. Kim Beaulieu — July 27, 2014 at 2:11 am

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

  15. christine — July 26, 2014 at 8:28 am

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

  16. Meseidy — July 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Lemon desserts are my FAVORITE!!!

  17. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — July 26, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Lemon bars are my favorite!!

  18. Brenda@SugarFreeMom — July 25, 2014 at 8:11 pm

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

  19. Mary Frances — July 25, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    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!

  20. Rose | The Clean Dish — July 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    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 🙂

  21. Ginny McMeans — July 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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

  22. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — July 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm

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

  23. Melanie | Melanie Makes — July 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    These look absolutely delicious, Jenn!

  24. Kim @ 2justByou — July 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

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

  25. The Food Hunter — July 25, 2014 at 11:47 am

    my husband would love this

  26. Amanda @The Kitcheneer — July 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

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

  27. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — July 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

    These bars are what summertime should look like!!

  28. Christie - Food Done Light — July 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

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

  29. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats — July 25, 2014 at 8:06 am

    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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