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Texas Gold Bars

These delicious cookie bars are truly decadent, tasty, and easy to make.

Editor's Note: This tasty and sweet cookie bar recipe is going to be your new favorite. Made with a box of lemon cake and a few more standard, cookie ingredients, Addie's Texas Gold Bar recipe is especially addicting. Once you bake these beautiful and simple bars once, you will want to make them every week. They're just that good. 

You'll know you've struck gold as soon as you take a bite out of these decadent cookie bars. The cream cheese makes these sweets so addicting. They're named Texas Gold Bars because their golden hue looks like something right out of the Wild West!

Yields24 bars

Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time45 min

Ingredients

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box lemon cake mix
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 16 ounces confectioners' sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the lemon cake mix, half the melted butter, and 1 of the eggs. Mix until a consistency of cookie dough is reached.

  3. Press into the bottom of the baking dish in an even layer.

  4. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese until smooth. Add the remaining 2 eggs, remaining melted butter, the vanilla, and the lemon zest. Mix well.

  5. Slowly add the confectioners' sugar, scraping the bowl down as you go, until light and fluffy.

  6. Pour the mixture over the cake base.

  7. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the top is lightly golden and the crust is starting to crack.

  8. Cool and cut into bars to serve.

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