Best Ever Lemon Squares

by Alli

When I’m planning a special holiday meal, the first thing I do is phone my kids and ask them what they want for dessert. I’m sweet like that. Without fail, 4 out of the 5 will ask for Best Ever Lemon Squares.  

I’m always secretly pleased because they’re so easy to make. The odd kid out always asks for something that takes forever to make. Is he trying to torment me?

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Best Lemon Squares

Two lemon squares on a white plate

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors. Add cream cheese to the mix and I’m all in. Years ago I would make my lemon squares totally from scratch and they were pretty good. Once I tasted Best Ever Lemon Squares, I never make them the old fashioned way again. Why settle for good when you can have great AND easy?

Simple Ingredients For Lemon Squares

For this recipe, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • Lemon Cake Mix
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cream Cheese
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Dash of Salt

The bottom layer is made with the lemon cake mix, butter, and an egg. The top layer consists of eggs, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. This dessert bakes up a beautiful golden brown and the taste is amazing.

Best Ever Lemon Squares

Dressed Up Lemon Squares

I decided to dress-up my lemon squares for our special Easter meal. We all want to look pretty on Easter, right? I grabbed my bunny rabbit silhouette that I printed, cut out and used to add bunnies to my Easter table runner.

Once the lemon squares were cooled, I positioned the rabbit in the middle. I used my powdered sugar sifter thingy and sifted sugar over the top.  Then I carefully removed the bunny.  Isn’t it cute?

Of course, you don’t have to add the rabbit silhouette or the powdered sugar. I only do that to celebrate Easter. 

Lemon Squares

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Yield: 16

Best Ever Lemon Squares

Two lemon squares on a white plate

These are the best lemon squares and are so easy to make. These squares have just the right amount of lemon flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 box (16 oz.) powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt


  1. Mix cake mix, butter and 1 egg together. Press into bottom on an ungreased 9" x 13" baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Cream remaining 2 eggs and cream cheese until combined. Add powdered sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  3. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake mix layer.
  4. Bake at 350º for 40-45 minutes (lightly browned)
  5. Cool slightly before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 174Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 37mgSodium 318mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 0gSugar 15gProtein 3g

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What’s your favorite spring/Easter dessert?


Aprill April 2, 2015 - 7:29 am

This looks delicious. Now I need a pan!

Shirley Wood April 2, 2015 - 7:43 am

Work smarter, not harder, right! Sounds like a good recipe and easy to make. I love your bunny cut out for a nice Easter touch!

Sage April 2, 2015 - 8:06 am

I haven’t made lemon squares in ages! These look delicious… maybe it’s time to introduce my Danish/English stepson to this American treat 🙂

Kita April 2, 2015 - 8:47 am

Lemon squares are my favorite. I usually get my bestie to make them for me since I am so not a baker but I may give it a try myself this spring.

Jeanine April 2, 2015 - 9:07 am

Yum! These sounds great. Lemon is one of my absolute favorite. I’ve never made bars like this though, with cake that’s pretty neat! I will have to give it a try!

Sharon - Her Organized Chaos April 2, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Omg I am so excited you posted this. I LOVE lemon squares so much. It’s been a long time since I had them so I am excited to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:12 am

This is such an easy recipe that turns out perfect every single time.

Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim April 2, 2015 - 5:01 pm

I love lemon squares, and what a great and easy way to make them- with cake mix! Thanks for sharing this just in time for me. I have to make dessert for Bible study. I’ll let you know if they are a hit.

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:10 am

I like tricks to make baking easier (cake mix). It doesn’t even taste like a cake mix in this recipe.

Dogvills April 2, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Those lemon squares look just amazing. I like that they have zero cholesterol and zero trans fat

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:11 am

Every little bit helps. 🙂

Denise April 2, 2015 - 9:14 pm

i have never made lemon squares, this looks like one that I could do.

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:10 am

Yes, you’ll have to make them! So easy and so, so good!

Terri Ramsey Beavers April 2, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Wow this one looks really yummy and sweet. My grand daughter would love this, I’ll make this recipe.

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:09 am

My grandkids are crazy about them. I actually made them last Saturday because all the kids and grands were coming over for Sunday lunch. There was not a crumb left! Even the 3 year old loved them. 🙂

Penny Struebig April 2, 2015 - 10:18 pm

I love all things lemon! This looks like a great recipe. The rabbit on the lemon squares is adorable.

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:08 am

Thanks, Penny! I, too, am a lemon fanatic.

Nancy April 2, 2015 - 10:31 pm

I admit, I bet those ARE the best ever lemon squares. Lemon is my favourite dessert flavour, and I think if I had to choose, it’d be lemon meringue pie. Ugh, so good.

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:07 am

Oh, yes, lemon meringue pie sounds so good. I do believe I love all things lemon!

Amanda April 2, 2015 - 10:58 pm

These sound almost like what my grandmother called her gooey cake recipe! I’d have to che k to be sure. And I love it. I can understand why your children request it. Yum! Have a Happy and Blessed Resurrection Sunday.

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:07 am

Have a blessed weekend, Amanda! I’m so excited about your new venture! It’s going to be big!!

ricci April 2, 2015 - 10:59 pm

I love Lemon Squares and yours are just beautiful!! I love how you outlined the bunny in powdered sugar, too cute!!

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:05 am

I had to make them look more Eastery. OK, that’s a completely made-up word. Have a fab weekend!

Crystal | The Poor Explorer April 3, 2015 - 1:09 am

Ohhh myyyyy that looks sooooo gooood! I love simple and easy. I’m going to give this a go for sure!

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:06 am

Simple and easy are almost always requirements for my food, parties, etc. 🙂

Rebecca Swenor April 3, 2015 - 4:39 am

These lemon squares look and sounds so good. I love the rabbit on the pan of squares which gives it a great little touch. Lemon reminds me of spring so I am going to have to make these for sure. Thanks for sharing.

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:03 am

The rabbit was so easy to add AND there are never any leftovers when I serve lemon squares.

Angela April 3, 2015 - 9:20 am

I have been obsessed with everything lemon lately so I will be trying this! Thanks!!

Alli April 3, 2015 - 10:01 am

Lemon is one of my faves, too!

Myrabev April 3, 2015 - 1:40 pm

oh wow these look absolutely delicious, I have never heard of lemon squares before but eaten similar lol

Jennie @ TheHousewifeModern April 3, 2015 - 7:14 pm

I love lemon! I can’t decide whether it’s good or bad that my husband doesn’t (more for me….or more calories for me? haha).
Thank you for being one of the host of the Pretty Pintastic Party!

Esther of Local Adventurer April 4, 2015 - 12:19 am

Oh it’s a bunny! At first I saw a whale bc I was looking from the left side. 🙂 I love lemon desserts, so I’m sure I would love this recipe.

RUBZONLINE April 7, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Looks very delicious! I haven’t tried making lemon squares before. I might try this one out this summer.


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