Our friends gave us a huge bag of lemons from Arizona. The lemons are beautiful and the size of oranges. I didn’t want them to go to waste so I started looking for lemon recipes on Tasty Kitchen. I found a recipe for Lemon Cream Bars from Tasty Kitchen member CookBakeandDecorate (Muriel). Lemon bars are one of my favorite treats. I love that these bars are creamy with an oat streusel crust and topping. Plus, they are incredibly easy to make. I had all of the ingredients, so I got started.
To make the lemon cream bars, you will need: sweetened condensed milk, fresh lemon juice, flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, butter, baking powder, and salt.
Juice the lemons. You will need 1/2 cup of lemon juice. I used two large lemons.
Combine the lemon juice and the sweetened condensed milk. Mix well and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix remaining ingredients together until crumbly.
Press half of the streusel mixture into a greased 9 by 13 baking dish.
Pour the lemon mixture over the streusel crust.
Sprinkle remaining streusel over the top of the lemon bars. Pat gently.
Bake for 20–25 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Let cool completely and enjoy! Store bars in the refrigerator.
If you are a lemon lover, make Lemon Cream Bars. They are creamy, dreamy, and the perfect sweet treat for spring. We enjoyed them right out of the oven and chilled from the refrigerator. They are delicious both ways. Thanks, Muriel, for a fantastic recipe! Check out the Cook, Bake and Decorate blog for other delicious recipes.
To be honest, I can’t quite remember where I got this recipe and I feel horrible that I can’t personally thank this person because these bars are just divine! Now, I love me some good ole lemon bars and these are lemon bars taken up a notch! These bars have a delicious streusel bottom with a lemon cream filling, then more delicious streusel on top. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with these little babies!
- 1 can Sweetened, Condensed Milk - 14-ounce Can
- ½ cups Lemon Juice
- 1-½ cup Flour
- 1 cup Oatmeal
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- ⅔ cups Butter, Melted
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 pinch Salt
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Combine milk and lemon juice. Mix well and set aside for a moment.
Mix remaining ingredients until crumbly.
Press half of the streusel (dry) mixture into a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish. Pour the lemon mixture over top. Finish by sprinkling remaining streusel over the top of the lemon filling. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely then store in the refrigerator.
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billiev on 4.20.2011
I made these last week and they were delicious. I am having a bridesmaid luncheon this Saturday and this is what I am serving for dessert. This is a real winner!
Alex on 4.19.2011
I just made these last night and am at work right now craving another one. they are gooooooood.
Nancy on 4.18.2011
I made these today and they are so delicious and very light. I added about 1/4 cup coconut to crust. Turned out super
Deanna on 4.17.2011
Delicious! My friend gave me a truck-load of lemons and limes left over from her sil’s wedding…and we’ve been making this with them!!! THANK YOU!
kitchenlovenest on 4.15.2011
I just made these this week, and they were fantastic as promised! Yum!
barb on 4.14.2011
Lemon and I’m there thanks for the heads up on this one!!
steffiweffi on 4.14.2011
FANATSTIC! The ladies at work looooved these lemon bars. I took the lemonyness a step further and zested the lemons and added that to the streusel. I also put podwered sugar on top…couldn’t help myself
Karena on 4.14.2011
Love lemon bars of any variety … and don’t waste any of your lemons, squeeze what’s left and freeze the juice in ice cube trays for more tasty recipes !
Sandy on 4.14.2011
Delicious! Don’t we have the best citrus ever in Arizona?
(No, I don’t work for the Chamber of Commerce)
Charlotte on 4.12.2011
Those sound delicious! However, I am most interested in that plate! What company/pattern is that? It is GORGEOUS!
Linda on 4.12.2011
Tried these last night. They were even a hit with the husband who claims he likes nothing lemon (caught him going back for a second). Great recipe!
Katrina on 4.12.2011
I love the look of these! Lemon is such a nice flavour in spring
elizabeth on 4.12.2011
I love lemons — and sweet things . . . this looks like I recipe I’m going to try!
westcoastswedishgirl on 4.12.2011
I’ve made these a dozen times, at least. They’re simple, delicious, and the last, in the fridge, all week. I bake them at the beginning of the week, and it’s dessert for the entire week. I brought them to a lunch at my son’s school, and the kids devoured them, and asked me to bring them again. Love the idea of adding raspberries too – will try that! Yummmm!!!
Shanna Stanaford on 4.12.2011
I have this exact recipe but to change it up I spread a layer of blackberry jam on top of the bottom crust then pour my lemon mixture. I top the lemon mixture with fresh blackberries and then the top crust. The blackberries add a nice sweetness to the over all dish that works great with the tart lemons. You could switch it up and use raspberries as well.
Jayne on 4.12.2011
I wonder if I used whole wheat flour to sub the oatmeal, would it change the recipe too much?
[email protected] on 4.11.2011
I am so glad you liked this dessert! I am so flattered! And thanks for mentioning my blog!
Dishes of Mrs. Fish on 4.11.2011
These look so delicious and refreshing!
LeeAnn Wolf on 4.11.2011
I don’t have lemons but i have limes. Do you think it would work with lines?
Jamie S. on 4.11.2011
These are identical to Ree’s Lemon Crumb bars! Very good!
C on 4.11.2011
What are the portions for the crust?
Joyce on 4.11.2011
I’m having a Pavlovian response to this recipe!!
Sherri at FoodBasics101 on 4.11.2011
Boy! Those lemons truly are the size of grapefruits..they barely fit in the squeezer! I love anything lemon…I will have to try these. *smile*
Anita on 4.11.2011
Ree, I noticed that you are using your lemon squeezer wrong. You are supposed to put the lemon in the squeezer with the pulp and seeds facing the holes, then when you squeeze, the ball will press against the lemon peel of the lemon and turn it inside out. You will get a lot more juice that way. Just thought I would let you know.
Beth on 4.11.2011
These seem almost identical to Ree’s creamy lemon crumb squares.
Heather of Kitchen Concoctions on 4.11.2011
Ohh I haven’t made lemon bars in quite a while. I must give these a try since I love anything with a crumb topping!
Tashamegan on 4.11.2011
oooooooooooooooooooooh, my goodness…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aggie's Kitchen on 4.11.2011
I’m such a lemon lover, especially in desserts. These look so good!
Natasha on 4.11.2011
These are so simple! And I love lemon bars/citrus bars. I’ll definitely have to try this.
Urban Wife on 4.11.2011
Awesome! I have been hankering for some lemon recipes lately and this one looks perfect.
nancy32408 on 4.11.2011
AHHH!!!! Another recipe for me to use juice from my Meyer Lemon tree. Only got 128 this year LOL!! Have it frozen into 1 cup chunks for just about anything that calls for lemon juice.
d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo on 4.11.2011
These look delicious! I might make them in a 9×9 square dish so that they are a little thicker. Yum!
Heather @ Heather's Dish on 4.11.2011
Lemon bars are my favorite in their own, but adding thatextra bit if creaminess makes it over the top in the best way!
Trisha on 4.11.2011
This is a super easy recipe and oh so good. If you love lemon this fits the bill.
Michelle on 4.11.2011
These are incredibly simple and I love a tart lemon treat as we bounce into Spring!
lindsay r on 4.11.2011
wow, look at the size of those lemons! These look amazing.
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on 4.11.2011
I adore lemon desserts. These look so good.
Tabitha (FromSingletoMarried) on 4.11.2011
Mercy me! Yummmm…..
J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on 4.11.2011
Those look incredible! I love lemon-flavored everything. So yummy.
christine on 4.11.2011
looks great for summer!