Lemon Bar Cookies

Lemon Bar Cookies

The perfect spring time treat.

Author: The Seaside Baker
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 14 minutes
Total time: 29 minutes


  • 4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup instant lemon pudding mix (powder)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar for dusting the baked cookies


  1. In a bowl combine flour, lemon pudding mix, baking powder and salt. Mix together with a whisk. Set aside.
  2. Using your electric mixer or beaters, beat together cream cheese, butter, sugar and zest.
  3. Add eggs one at a time to butter mixture.
  4. Mix in lemon juice.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture, beating on slow until just combined.
  6. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least one hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Scoop out 1-inch rounds of dough and roll each in a bowl of powdered sugar to coat.
  9. Place on cookie sheet leaving 2 inches between each cookie dough ball.
  10. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until edges are just barely browned.
  11. Cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes then cool completely on cooling rack.