Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

These easy lemon bars have a sweet sugar cookie crust topped with a tangy lemon cheesecake filling and then topped with more sugar cookie crumble. The perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

Ingredients
Sugar cookie crust:
  1. 1 Cup granulated sugar
  2. 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. 1 Cup butter at room temperature
  4. 2 Cups all purpose flour

Lemon cheesecake:
  1. 8 Ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  2. 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  3. 2 Tablespoons lemon zest divided
  4. 1/2 Cup sugar

Instructions
For the bars:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line an 8x8 or 9x9 inch square baking dish with foil and spray liberally with non stick cooking spray.
  • In bowl of stand mixer using paddle attachment, or large bowl with hand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Turn mixer to low and slowly add the flour (1/2 cup at a time) and mix just until dough comes together.
  • Press half of the dough into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
  • Cool completely before filling.
  • Store remaining sugar cookie dough in a bowl in the refrigerator until ready to use.