Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars.

Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars

I may just have a new favorite dessert. Oatmeal cookie dough streusel crust with a thick creamy and a luscious lemon filling, sprinkled with more oatmeal cookie dough streusel on top…. so dang good!

My good friend Caitlin requested I make a fresh lemon-y dessert to ring in the warmer weather a few weeks. I may be a tad late getting around to it as it’s almost May (whooops!), but these bars were totally worth the wait. I found the recipe off Betty Crocker’s website. Betty never steers me wrong!

Typically, I find that crumb bar recipes or lemon bar recipes have an unbalanced ratio of fruit filling to dough. There always seems to be WAY too much of the doughy stuff and not enough of the fruity stuff.  With these bars?  Not so much.  There is plenty of creamy lemon filling in each and every bite.  And what’s even better about these bars is that they are EASY.  Start with a pouch of Betty Crocker premade oatmeal cookie mix, 1 stick cold butter, 1 egg, sweetened condensed milke and 2 lemons. That’s it!

If you can’t find this specific cookie mix, I’ve included a made-from-scratch oatmeal cookie crumble recipe to use instead. PS: one friend tasted them and LOVED them… and he doesn’t even like lemon.

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Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker oatmeal cookie mix (see below for homemade recipe)
1 large egg
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp grated lemon peel (about 2 large lemons)
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 8x8 baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cut butter into cookie mix using a fork or electric mixer. Stir in egg until crumbly. Press half of oatmeal cookie dough into bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While the cookie bottom is baking, stir condensed milk, lemon peel, and lemon juice into a small bowl. Spread lemon mixture over baked crust (while crust is hot). Crumble the remaining oatmeal cookie mixture over top. Bake about 25 minutes longer or until golden brown.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cutting into 16 squares. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Enjoy!

**If you can't find the Betty Crocker oatmeal cookie mix, use this from-scratch oatmeal cookie base recipe:

Homemade Oatmeal Cookie Base

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or using a handheld mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and oats.
  3. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix to combine.
  4. Continue with step three in the recipe above.

Recipe source: Betty Crocker

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 By far, one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars

 

If you like these lemon bars, be sure to check out my Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

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84 Responses to “Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars.”

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    Baking Serendipityposted April 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought to pair oatmeal and lemon, but now that it’s staring me down it looks so good!

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    • sallyreplied on April 30th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      i would have either! but the lemon cream & oatmeal is delicious! :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted April 30, 2012 at 1:04 am

    oatmeal cookie streusel crust – right there, we have a winner. The filling just adds to the over the top factor!

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    • sallyreplied on April 30th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      thanks Averie! and I love how thick the filling is… great streusel/filling ratio. :)

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    Julie @ Table for Twoposted April 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

    oh wow, these look decadently fabulous! i love the pairing of oatmeal and lemon together especially with that streusel topping..my favorite part of any dessert is always the streusel topping..this is a winner in my book!

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    • sallyreplied on April 30th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Julie, you and i alike! i love anything with streusel all over it. it’s the best part!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted April 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

    What a delicious and easy bar recipe! These look so good, Sally. I wouldn’t know whether to devour these for breakfast or dessert… but maybe both!

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    • sallyreplied on April 30th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Good point Georgia! I’d say both. :)

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chefposted April 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

    betty crocker recipes are pretty fabulous! i usually adapt them though for “from scratch” cookie/cake mixes. what a fun combo.

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    • sallyreplied on April 30th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks Sarah! Betty Crocker obviously comes up with nothing but the best. :)

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrauposted April 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Another Sally! It’s pretty rare for me to come across that name :)

    I would never think to pair lemon and oatmeal together, but it sounds amazing!

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    • sallyreplied on April 30th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      It’s a WONDERFUL combo, Sally!

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)posted April 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Oh my gosh, these look awesome! You know I love a good recipe short cut :) I love the idea of oatmeal and lemon!

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    • sallyreplied on April 30th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      i knew you’d like the cookie mix shortcut! lemon cream & oatmeal cookie are VERY good together.

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    Cassieposted April 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Oh Sally, I am in trouble with these. I love lemon desserts but add an oatmeal-streusel topping and I’m a goner. These look great!

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    • sallyreplied on April 30th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      i LOVE lemon desserts, too Cassie. The sweet & tart gets me every time!

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    Choc Chip Uruposted April 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I was wondering where you had gone – now I can subscribe again :D
    Your new site looks simply gorgeous – congrats on the move!
    And what a wonderful lemon creme bar – wouldn’t mind this for breakfast indeed :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    Reply

    • sallyreplied on April 30th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      thank you so much! glad you found me again :)

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    Diana @ Mood Your Foodposted April 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    OMG I have this inevitable need to get up and bake these right now! Lemon and oatmeal must taste soooo good together

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    • Sally @ Sallys Baking Addictionreplied on May 1st, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      thanks Diana! the combo of oatmeal streusel and lemon cream is outrageously good!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted May 1, 2012 at 8:30 am

    YUM!!! And I am not even a huge lemon fan. But something about the oatmeal streusel has me wanting this!!!!

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    • Sally @ Sallys Baking Addictionreplied on May 1st, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Jocelyn, these bars will turn you into a lemon dessert lover!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted May 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    So good! I made something similar recently, and oh my god, SO GOOD. Love the lemon and the topping. Pretty!

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    Heatherposted May 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    what a fantastic combination!

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    • Sally @ Sallys Baking Addictionreplied on May 1st, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Heather – the combo of lemon and oatmeal cookie dough streusel taste SO good together – it was a pleasant surprise!

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    Nurse Frugalposted May 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Sally! Besides the fact that these oatmeal squares look incredible….I LOVE YOUR NEW WEBSITE!!! so jealous!!! Who is hosting your site now? I need to get with the program. It looks professional ;)LOVE IT!!!!!!

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    • Sally @ Sallys Baking Addictionreplied on May 1st, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Lauren, you are so sweet. Thank you!! I host my site myself now :)

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    Kateposted May 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Those look wonderful! Pinning so I can try them sometime! Thanks for sharing at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ http://www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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    • Sally @ Sallys Baking Addictionreplied on May 1st, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Glad to hear it Kate! :)

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    Reeniposted May 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I am crazy about these! They look luscious. I love all that rich filling – you are so right – there’s a lot. I see myself making these. Sooner rather than later!

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    • Sally @ Sallys Baking Addictionreplied on May 1st, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      I love having a ton more filling and less crust. although, this oatmeal cookie dough streusel is to-die-for!

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    Six Sistersposted May 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    YUM pretty much sums it all up! These look so good. We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back soon! -The Sisters

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    valposted May 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Goodness Gracious. We should be neighbors =)

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    Baker Streetposted May 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Oh Sally! These bars look heavenly. Love the idea of lemon flavored condensed milk! Your pictures are just drool inducing. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on May 30th, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Thank you so much! I love lemon creme made with sweetened condensed milk :)

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    what katie's bakingposted June 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    oh man… these look like lemon cream pie… only ten times better!

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    LinCposted June 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Made these last night for my writers group. They were excellent! The lemon filling nicely complimented the oatmeal crust. Next time I will make them in a 9×9 inch pan so they aren’t so thick but otherwise I won’t change a thing. Thanks for posting these!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 7th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      I am so glad to hear that! The lemon filling and oatmeal crust pair well together. :)

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    Hannahposted June 21, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    This recipe looks great and I’m hoping to bring them to an upcoming BBQ! If you are using the from scratch cookie recipe, do we need to add the additional butter and egg like you would when using the mix?

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    • Sallyreplied on June 21st, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      No you don NOT have to add the additional butter or egg when making the from-scratch version. Just follow the from-scratch recipe at the bottom of the post. Thank you Hannah!

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    Constanzaposted October 16, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Do you have to add an egg to the cookie batter made from scratch?

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    • Sallyreplied on October 16th, 2012 at 9:04 am

      There is no egg needed in the homade cookie dough crust recipe, just those listed ingredients. Thank you!

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    Olgaposted December 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    These were the GREATEST bars I have ever made. I think that is all I can really say. :) Oh and you’re awesome!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 9th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Hey Olga! Thank you so much! I need to make these bars again – it’s been awhile. I love them too!

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    Allisonposted February 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I just stumbled upon your Web site and had one of those “Where have you been all my life?!” moments. I love to bake and try new things and this is such a fantastic Web site! I’m just drooling over all the pictures of these delicious looking treats.

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    • Sallyreplied on February 7th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Allison! Let me know if you bake anything from my blog. I’d love to hear about it!

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    Jenniferposted March 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I love lemon and oatmeal bars, so the two together are right up my alley. These look so yummy, I’m definitely going to have to make some to celebrate the warmer weather as well! Love your blog too- you have so many delicious looking goodies, it is hard to decide what I want to bake!!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 12th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      THank you Jennifer! That is so nice of you to say about my blog. Always let me know what you bake – I love hearing about it. And yes, these lemon bars are perfect for spring! I can’t wait to make them this weekend.

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    Dianneposted March 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    These are delicious and so easy to make. I took some to the local fire house and they were gone within minutes.

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    • Sallyreplied on March 12th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      That’s so nice of you to bring to the firehouse, Dianne. I am SO happy to hear that everyone loved them so much. They are a favorite of mine!

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    Reginaposted March 14, 2013 at 5:00 am

    So far I have made your Banana bread w/Nutella, the cinnamon muffins with Nutella, Death by chocolate cookies, the chocolate chip.reeces brownie bars..just to mention a few.. now THIS! (I have gained 10 pounds ) You make them all look simple & beautiful and I am hooked on your site!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 14th, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Hey Regina! You picked a few of my very favorites to make! I can tell you love nutella as much as I do – you’ll have to check back because I have a recipe with Nutella posting tonight or tomorrow morning :) Let me know you like these lemon bars!

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    Lauraposted March 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    OMG I can’t wait to try these!!! I’m on your site constantly and I have soooo many recipes I’ve printed and made!! They’re all HUGE hits everywhere I go! Especially those peanut Butter Pretzle bites…they’re staples when I go to parties now! So many people keep asking for the recipes so now when I bring your stuff, I print off your recipe and make sure they have your full web address!
    AMAZING stuff! LOVE IT!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 27th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      I LOVE those PB Chocolate Pretzel Bites, Laura! I’m so glad you do too. I bring them with me to parties often and they are always the first to go. You are so sweet to give credit to my website, that means a lot. You will love these – they are so easy to make. Thanks Laura!

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    Danaposted March 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I made these bars today and they are YUMMY! The lemon flavor is really light and springy. I added a layer of white baking chips to the sweetened condensed milk, but since they all melted I couldn’t even tell they were in there. Love, love, loved these bars…such a keeper recipe. Thanks again, Sally!!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 30th, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Maybe you could add white chocolate chips on top of the final oat layer? That would be very good! I might have to try it. Glad you loved these!

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    Melissaposted March 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I’m so excited – these are in the oven as I type!!!! What I especially love is that there are no eggs when we use your cookie dough :) I have friends allergic to eggs, so now this adds to my dessert possibilities when they visit :D if you haven’t been told lately- Sally, you’re fabulous!

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    Jodieposted April 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I tried these lemon creme bars, they are yummy. I am a huge lover of lemon meringue pies so I see this as a healthier altnerate.

    Going to try the caramel upside down cake this weekend, its getting cooler weather here now so perfect weather for it.

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    Cindy A.posted April 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Love, love, love your website!! I made these lemon creme bars and let them cool in the fridge for almost an hour before cutting. They fell apart and I’m not able to get them out of the dish without them crumbling. I did use non-stick cooking spray as directed. Any ideas as to why they are not staying together??

    Thanks!!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 22nd, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Hey Cindy! That’s strange. Is the center not cooked through? Maybe they were not ready when you took them out of the oven.

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      • Cindy A.replied on April 22nd, 2013 at 10:28 am

        Hey Sally,

        Thanks so much for your reply. I think I should have used more cookie base on bottom…the 60/40 ratio you mentioned. I was able to get some bars out in one piece and serve them and everyone LOVED the flavor. I will try making them again with blueberries. I’ve also made a few more of your recipes and they have been a huge hit. Looking forward to trying more. :)

        Cindy

        • Sallyreplied on April 22nd, 2013 at 10:29 am

          That sounds great, Cindy! Let me know how they go the second time around!

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    Reeposted April 20, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Hey, Sally! I just baked these yesterday (using the homemade oatmeal cookie base) and it was incredible! Who thought that combining such simple ingredients could make such a DEElicious dessert? Thank you for the recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 20th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      So glad you liked these Ree! thanks for reporting back.

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    Laurenposted May 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Hey Sally, I’ve got these in the oven as a gift to my Grandfather! I was just wondering what would be the best way to remove them from the pan without them falling apart?

    Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on May 20th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Hey Lauren! Just let them cool completely (I put them in the refrigerator for 2 hours) and cut with a sharp knife. Enjoy!

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    Nancyposted May 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Sally,
    Made these bars last night and all I can say is WOW ! Out of this world DEEEEEELISH ! BTW, I lined my 8×8 pan with foil and then sprayed it with PAM, came out perfect =). Thanks for such GREAT recipes !

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    • Sallyreplied on June 3rd, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      That’s great to hear! Thanks Nancy – I love these lemon bars :)

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    Rosa conchitaconsueloposted June 25, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Sally …. Is there anything missing in the oatmeal lemon bars? Because I tried making them and the lemon cream is missing! It was just gooey… I used condensed milk and lemon juice as instructed and it definitely didn’t turn out like the picture.! Please help! I really want to eat them!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 25th, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Hi Rosa – no, there is not. What do you mean the lemon cream is missing? It sounds like you may have underbaked them.

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    Lilyposted September 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I finaly got around to making these.

    Since I live in Sweden I had to look a few things up, I’m used to that. But now that mine are cooling(not cut yet), it just looks weird

    I googled the brown sugar part, because we don’t have anything called that, but the results were pretty much the same, so I used that. And my dough was not crumbly (like yours looks to be) and a lot more brown in the coloring….

    Well, at least it smells nice! And tasted the creme SOOOOO good! So maybe the end result will be good as well

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    Aliceposted January 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    This is indeed a not often heard of flavour combination, but it ends up being the perfect combination of light tasting and refreshing with comforting and homespun. The recipe was an absolute breeze to put together-one of the fastest things I’ve ever made and the effort expended versus the deliciousness of the completed bars is amazing!

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    Kyleneposted April 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Could you double this recipe in a 9×13 pan?

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    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Definitely! I’m unsure of the baking time though.

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    Melodyposted May 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Sally, I’m really excited to try these! I had a question about the cookie base. So it has a stick of butter on top of what’s in the main recipe? So if I double this and make it completely from scratch I will use 4 total sticks of butter?

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    • Sallyreplied on May 7th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Melody – no, it would be 2 sticks of butter. Simply double the homemade crumble/streusel recipe. That will go on the top and bottom.

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      • Melodyreplied on May 7th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

        Sally, I just realized that it said to go to step 3 which skips the butter and the egg from the first part. Just got temporarily confused. :) Thanks!

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    Luluwaposted August 17, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Hi Sally ,
    You have no idea how I’m so obsessed with your recipes and your site .
    And while I’m checking the site as I do every day , I found this awesome lemon bar recipe and I was so exited to try it but I have a problem :(
    Since I’m from Saudia and I live in a small town , I’m not sure that I can find the cookie mix or the old- fashioned oats .
    I only have the quick white oats .. Can I use it in the recipe instead ?!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 17th, 2014 at 10:19 am

      The quick oats will be just fine, actually. Enjoy!

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      • Luluwareplied on August 17th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

        Thanks for your quick responds .. I really appreciate it ☺️

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    Stephanieposted September 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Do you think you could use coconut milk instead of sweetened condensed?

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    • Sallyreplied on September 19th, 2014 at 10:37 am

      I do not suggest it, Stephanie.

      Reply

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