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Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Whether I'm hosting friends or sending a plate to work with my husband, these creamy elegant cheesecake squares are always a hit. It's a wonderful make-ahead dessert that easily serves a large group.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, oats and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Press dough into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Spread with jam.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth. Beat in lemon juice and zest. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Carefully spoon over jam.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 262 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • k_s9
    Aug 13, 2020

    Here's my update, adding 2 eggs was perfect, a tsp more of zest and a tbspful of kemon juice, no jam just added a lemon glaze at top n these r were perfectly creamy and lemony... everyone loved eating these!! Definately will be making them again.

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Jan 3, 2018

    Apparently I made this some time ago from the magazine and wrote down 'Very Good'! I honestly do not remember them... anxious to try again.

  • lm2011
    Nov 18, 2017

    No comment left

  • 2124arizona
    Apr 8, 2017

    I fixed this for Sunday dinner and it was a hit. We all liked it!!!

  • saralyn_06
    Sep 26, 2013

    Very good!

  • JennTats
    May 19, 2013

    I made this for a baby shower and everyone loved it. The oatmeal crust tasted kind of plain while making it so I added a 1/4 tsp. of vanilla to the mix & that help add a bit more flavor. I also am a huge lemon lover so I too added a little extra lemon juice as well as an additional 1/2 tsp. of lemon extract. I used strawberry jam since my friend is not a big fan of raspberry. This turned out very well all the way thru thick and creamy. As a garnish I used fresh sliced strawberries & mint leaves. It looked as good as it tasted. Thank you for this great recipe.

  • erzsi
    Apr 11, 2013

    Was very easy to make. I really like the flavor of lemon, so I added about another 1/8 of a cup of lemon juice. Plus 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract.

  • MJMM
    Jan 11, 2013

    Delicious! A great crust, and nice lemon flavor. The jam is perfect in these squares and I wouldn't hesitate to increase the amount of it a little.

  • teedlum1961
    Dec 15, 2012

    No comment left

  • knadasky
    Jul 23, 2012

    It was easy to make and very flavorful.