1 box lemon cake mix
1/3 cup butter or margarine – softened
8 ounces cream cheese – softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 lemon – grated
2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Container: 9 x 13 baking pan and a mixing bowl
In a mixing bowl, blend dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg.
Press into a 9 x 13 pan, ungreased.
Beat the cream cheese until smooth.
Gradually blend in the powdered sugar.
Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth.
Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture and refrigerate it for later use.
Beat the remaining 2 eggs, add the vanilla, and then beat this mixture into the remaining cream cheese mixture until well blended.
Spread over the cake mixture.
Bake at 350° until set, approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
Spread the reserved cream cheese mixture onto the bars.
Refrigerate until firm; then cut into squares and serve.