When Life Gives You Lemons…..

A dear friend of mine had an incident the other day, the kind of incident that ends up with a tow truck.  When I describe this friend to other people I use the word “warrior”.   She truly puts me to shame on a daily basis.  I wanted to do a little something to let her know we were thinking about her and her family.  In my mind I was thinking about the phrase: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.  I just wanted her to know we could handle some of her lemons …stress so I whipped up a yummy lemon dessert and gave her a note.  You could use this idea to bring a friend anything from a lemon dessert, lemonade, to a lemon chicken dinner.  I just thought it was a cute idea.

I’ll keep this post nice and quick so you’ll have no excuse to keep you from making this wonderful dessert.  The name of this tasty treat is Lemon Chess Cake Bars (and yes it’s “chess” cake, not “cheese” cake).  I found this recipe on A Cook At Heart.  It had been passed along to her from a woman who had been bringing it to church gatherings for over 30 years.  Talk about “Tried and True”.   If you love lemon, prepare yourself.  If you don’t like lemon, you can easily substitute almond extract.

Lemon Chess Cake Squares


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix 1 egg, cake mix, and butter together. Press mixture into bottom of a greased 13 x 9 baking pan.
  3. In medium bowl, mix 3 eggs, cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Pour mixture over crust.
  4. Bake 30 to 40 minutes.

Number of servings (yield): 12

*To my surprise I had all the ingredients.  I love it when that happens!


  1. Hank W. says:

    ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I want some of that lemon cheese cake stuff!

  2. I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Very well written!

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