These Lemon Bars have a strawberry swirl cheesecake in the center that adds a sweet and creamy texture to these bars.
Spring is here! Can I get a woot woot from the crowd?
Time to open the windows, air out the house, clean those corners, and wipe down the fridge. There is something so exciting and fun about spring and the newness it brings. The other day the birds were chirping like crazy outside my window. It put a smile on my face to hear how happy they sounded. I am now waiting excitedly for tree buds, green grass, and flowers to start popping up. Although with the winter we have had, I am sure more snow will head our way before long.
The start of spring season also brings out the lemon in me. It is such a bright and cheery flavor. The other day I had to bring dessert to a dinner, and I couldn’t get the idea of this lemon bar out of my head. Have you ever had one of those ideas that you just had to make right away?
These lemon bars start with a lemon cake mix. You will not be following the box directions though. Melted butter and lemonade added to the mix makes a soft dough. Press half the dough into the pan for the crust. The dough can be sticky. If you have non stick baking spray, try spritzing a little bit on your hands as you press the dough out.
The cheesecake center has melted strawberry preserves swirled into it. The pockets of strawberry add a nice burst of flavor to the lemon bars. Blueberry preserves would be another nice flavor to pair with the lemon and cheesecake.
The finishing touch to these bars is the lemon glaze on top. A little bit of powdered sugar and lemon juice makes a light glaze that will set up nicely on the chilled bars. A healthy dose of sprinkles adds a little bit of fun and color.
Color and lemon…what better way to say Hello to spring
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