Lemon Cheesecake Bars

If you like cheesecake, you'll LOVE these gluten-free lemon cheesecake bars! Golden Cookie Base, Creamy & Tangy Filling and the Perfect Crumble Topping! Super quick + easy recipe, indulgent tasting and so yummy! A perfect non-chocolate dessert or treat!

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Lemon Cheesecake Bars

An Easy, Crowd-pleasing Gluten-Free Dessert!

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Hope you love them as much as we do!

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If you’re baking for any holiday or event and just looking for an easy non-chocolate treat, these gluten-free Lemon Cheesecake Bars are perrrrfect.

It’s a golden cookie base, a creamy, slightly tangy filling and the perfect crumb topping.

Indulgent tasting and addictively delicious!

And they have a high cookie to cheesecake ratio, if you like that as much as I do!

And best part?

Not only are they super yummy, they are a cinch to make!

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A little background…

We’ve been making them around the holidays for years…

If you’ve followed me a while, you know that we bake lots of holiday cookies and create giftboxes. My family has been doing it for years, and we continue the tradition, just gluten-free!

Years ago, we were looking for a new cookie and these Lemon Cheesecake Bars were added to the mix because they’re easy, a different flavor profile from all our other cookies and so yummy!

So let’s make them!

They are made with 10 real, whole food ingredients you probably have in your pantry and refrigerator.

All you need is:

gluten-free all purpose flour (we use GFJules flour )


butter or dairy-free butter

cream cheese or dairy-free cream cheese

1 egg

fresh lemon juice



brown sugar

chopped walnuts.

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lemon cheesecake bars

Back to the Gluten-free Lemon Cheesecake Squares

The cookie base and crumble topping are the same which makes it so quick and easy to make these bars!

All you need is 4 ingredients:

gluten-free all purpose flour (we used GF Jules )

chopped walnuts

brown sugar

and butter or dairy free butter.

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You mix all the ingredients together until they combine.

Separate some for the crumble topping and press the rest to the bottom of the pan for the base.

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Pro tip: you want the butter to be softened but not overly soft so that a crumble forms. If it is too soft it combines into a dough and you’ll just have to use a fork or pastry cutter or your fingers to form into a more crumble type texture for the topping, which is fine!

While the base bakes, mix the filling ingredients together.

The filling is creamy and so yummy!

It’s just 6 ingredients:

cream cheese

1 egg


a small amount of milk

fresh lemon juice

and some vanilla.

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When the base comes out of the oven, pour the filling on top and smooth it to the edges.

Then top with the remaining crumble and bake!

Let cool, then slice to squares and enjoy!

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They are have a perfect balance of cookie, creamy luscious filling and yummy crumble.

And since they are so easy, they are a great anytime treat or dessert!

Plus they are a total crowd pleaser making them a perfect treat for a holiday gathering!

Hope you love them as much as we do!

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Lemon Cheesecake Bars

If you like cheesecake, you'll LOVE these bars! Golden cookie base, tangy & creamy filling and the perfect crumble topping! And they are a cinch to make! So if you're baking for any holiday or event and looking for a non-chocolate treat, these gluten-free Lemon Cheesecake Bars are perfect. Store well in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert, Holidays, Cookies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: easy gluten free dessert recipe, gluten-free holiday dessert, gluten-free holiday cookies, lemony cheesecake bars, gluten-free lemon cheesecake bars
Servings: 16 bars
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


Cookie Base + Crumble Topping (same ingredients; you'll set aside 1 cup of it for the topping)

  • 1 1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum We use GFJules
  • 1/2 cup butter or dairy free alternative, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Lemon Cheesecake Filling

  • 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper.

    Cookie Base and Crumble Topping

    • In a large bowl, combine flour, butter and brown sugar. Blend in the mixer until the particles are fine.
    • Stir in the nuts.
    • Reserving 1 cup (up to 1 1/4 cups) for topping, press remainder of flour mixture into lined 8" square baking pan. (1 1/4 cups will give you fuller topping, with 1 cup you will see some of the cream cheese layer peeking through)
    • Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until lightly browned.
    • Remove from oven and set aside.

    Lemon Cheesecake Filling

    • Meanwhile in same mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and white sugar and mix until well blended and creamy.
    • Add egg, milk, lemon juice and vanilla and mix until well blended.

    Add mixture onto baked base

    • Pour filling mixture onto partially baked crust and spread evenly.
    • Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture
    • Return to oven at 350 degrees F for 25 30 minutes.

    Cool and cut into squares

      Store in a cool place or refrigerator. Stay fresh for 4-5 days. Do NOT store in the same container as other cookies as they will make the other cookies really moist.

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        18 thoughts on “Lemon Cheesecake Bars

        1. Oh, my God, these bars are little pieces of heaven melting in your mouth! ? My extremely picky daughters loved them as well! ❤️❤️❤️

          1. You would have to substitute something else… are you allergic to nuts? or could you maybe substitute pecans?

        2. What size baking pan did you use? And for mixing the filling, did you use hand mixer? I’d love to try these very soon! Thank you!

          1. Hi. Great question! I’ve never made this recipe with out the walnuts. But I’m wondering if it would work with oats? I will play with it a bit and let you know if I have any other ideas. And let me now if you try anything.

        3. 5 stars
          Love these! Such an easier way to have cheesecake without all the work. They aren’t overly lemon tasting, just a hint but they still taste like cheesecake. I ran out of GF Jules flour so used Bob’s Red Mill all purpose gf flour and they turned out great! I didn’t have Xanthan Gum to add to the recipe but the texture still turned out great.

        4. 5 stars
          Made Lemon Cheesecake Bars this afternoon, followed the recipe as written, and they
          turned out fabulous!! Even my gluten eating husband enjoyed them:)

          Thank you for sharing your wonderful gluten free recipes!!

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