Easy Lemon Cream Sugar Cookie Bars
Easy Lemon Cream Sugar Cookie Bars

Easy Lemon Cream Sugar Cookie Bars

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Easy Lemon Cream Sugar Cookie Bars
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Delicious, springy Easy Lemon Cream Sugar Cookie Bars are so easy to whip up and perfect for Easter! If you're a lemon lover, you'll love these sweet and creamy treats.
Serves: 9-12
  • 1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  • raspberries (for topping)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8-inch square baking pan with a foil sling sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Press the prepared sugar cookie dough into the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges. Let cool completely.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon extract, and food coloring. Spread evenly over the sugar cookie base and top with raspberries and lemon zest if desired. Cut into squares and serve.


13 Comments on Easy Lemon Cream Sugar Cookie Bars (and I Changed My Mind Story #2)

  1. Kim
    March 20, 2017 at 9:40 am (7 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing your life with us, Julie, along with fabulous food. This series is giving me perspective on how to talk with friends and family whose Christianity is much more “black and white” than mine.

    • Julie Ruble
      March 20, 2017 at 11:47 am (7 years ago)

      Thank you for the affirmation, Kim! I think sometimes as Christians we have a LOT of people around us who would frantically shut down processes like these out of good intentions and fear, and NOT a lot of people around us open to real and/or continued transformation, so my hope is that putting these stories out there gives folks in the shadows and edges a much-needed model. The “if you can see it, you can be it” idea — where “it” is just open to change 🙂 Thank you again for your kind words!

  2. Lacey
    March 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm (7 years ago)

    I am a mormom, The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Christ has always taught to love as he loves people. Our church teaches to love and be kind to everyone of different faiths and even who believe or use free agency to make choices we dont agree with. One thing I would like to say is that I came to an understanding of Christ’s teachings that you cannot pick and choose the ones that go along with the narrative I want to believe in.
    18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
    19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
    20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
    21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
    22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
    23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
    24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

    We have free agency, but it does not change the fact that thae lord has given a path to happiness.

    I just found your site and I love the recipes you post.

    • Julie Ruble
      March 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Lacey — thanks for being here. Please note the groundwork for this series: “this is a series to prompt one another to be vulnerable, be sincere, and listen — not to argue or debate.” In other words, while you are free to share stories, I ask that you not debate with ideas presented in the stories shared. Not here, anyway! It undermines the comfort to share.

      If you’d like to discuss further in a different space, I’d welcome that wholeheartedly. Please feel free to email me at julie ‘at’ willowbirdbaking ‘dot’ com. In response to your comment here, I will just share that I consider myself to have a relatively conservative (in the literary analysis sense, not the political sense) interpretation of scripture and that I definitely don’t consider myself to “pick or choose” what to believe from it. If this seems paradoxical to you given the story I’ve shared here, again, please feel free to email me to discuss (and that invitation is open to anyone!)

  3. Teramis
    March 21, 2017 at 4:48 am (7 years ago)

    Julie, I’ve followed you for years because I love your food, but after reading this I also love your open-mindedness and the path personal growth has set you upon. I am one of your many gay readers. Why do I know you have numerous gay readers? Because I have recommended this blog for a long to many friends who I know have subscribed. Your words here have gone far today in helping to make this a welcoming corner of the web. Thank you.

    • Julie Ruble
      March 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks so much for your sweet words, Teramis <3 I feel ashamed that it took me so long and so much personal turmoil to come around. I hope sharing this story will help others on this journey. Thank you for reading!

  4. Rebecca
    March 21, 2017 at 10:26 am (7 years ago)

    I so enjoy your recipes and your “life lessons”. Thank you for daring to be vulnerable in this age of seemingly constant criticism and attacks.

    And, I truly see you living by the greatest command of all in showing love for yourself and others.

    BTW, I just started reading this interesting book if you haven’t seen it before – The righteous mind : why good people are divided by politics and religion by Jonathan Haidt.

    • Julie Ruble
      March 21, 2017 at 12:07 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks for the kind words and for the recommendation, Rebecca!

  5. Crystal Moran
    April 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm (7 years ago)

    Love your site and I love your way of thinking. I am in the same vein of thinking as you and have actually talked to my mom about when she was conflicted regarding her own sister who is gay. Love is love, is what I think and there are far worse things that people who say to follow the bible very closely have done. Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie Ruble
      April 14, 2017 at 5:52 pm (7 years ago)

      Thank you for being willing to complicate your views <3 I totally agree.

  6. Charlotte @ What Charlotte Baked
    April 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm (7 years ago)

    As a woman who’s married to another woman, it makes me so happy to read your story. I am too often guilty of assuming that Christians will have a problem with my life, and that I need to avoid interaction at all costs. I guess this post has made me realise that my mind needs to be changed about that, and that i can’t judge a book by its cover. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Sweet Sugarbelle
    May 26, 2017 at 11:14 pm (7 years ago)

    I don’t really have a good story…I’d have to think about it longer, but you could’ve been telling my story. When I learned my brother was gay, it turned all of my core beliefs upside-down. I came for the recipe, and stayed for the story. Thank you.

    • Julie Ruble
      May 26, 2017 at 11:47 pm (7 years ago)

      I’m so glad you were willing to be turned upside-down <3


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