2 Ingredient Lemon Bars are so quick and easy to make. Just mix together ingredients and bake. It is that simple to make this delicious easy lemon bars recipe.

Lemon bars cut into squares.
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We love simple recipes and you can’t beat 2 ingredients. You might be hesitant at first but this is seriously the best dessert. These light and airy lemon angel cake bars are perfect for any occasion.

We also love this Lemon squares recipe but sometimes time does not allow. Whenever we need something quick and easy, this 2 ingredient lemon bars recipe is the one we make. It is one of the easiest oven baked desserts. Try more lemon desserts to impress your family.

Anything lemon around here is always a hit. The amazing texture and big lemon flavor make these lemon luscious treats a crowd pleaser. For another dessert bar recipe, try Magic Cookie Bars.

What do these Lemon Bars taste like?

This Lemon Bars are the perfect amount of sweetness. They are not to tart or to sweet. These 2 Ingredient bars are light, airy and full of lemon flavor. The texture is the perfect combination of angel food cake and your favorite lemon curd pie.

You can go wrong serving these delicious Lemon Bars. Since they are only 2 ingredients, they are budget friendly and a time saver.


  • Angel Food Cake Mix 
  • Lemon Pie Filling 

Variation Lemon Bars

  • Lemon Zest – To enhance the Lemon flavor, you can add in some lemon zest to the batter.
  • Fun Shapes – If you want to add some fun designs on top, place your cookie cutter on the top of the cake, then sprinkle with powdered sugar. The kids will love the fun designs.
  • Change the Pie Filling – You can use different pie filling. We recommend Key Lime Pie filling or Pineapple Pie Filling.
  • Change the Pan – This angel food cake is perfect to be baked in a bundt pan. I like baking it in a bundt pan especially if I am making it for a special occasion. Once cake has cooled for a few minutes, turn cake upside to remove from pan.
  • Mix-ins – You can easily mix in chocolate chips if you prefer that added chocolate flavor.
  • Change the Cake – You can use a lemon cake mix instead of the angel food cake mix.
Ingredients for lemon bars - cake mix, lemon pie filling.

How to make Lemon Bars with Cake Mix

  • Step 1. Preheat Oven – First, go ahead and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
Mixing bowl with cake mix and lemon pie filling.

Step 2. Next, combine the box of angel food cake mix and can of lemon pie filling together in a large mixing bowl. It is that easy.

Cake baked in dish.

Step 3. Spray the baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Powdered sugar sprinkled on top.

Step 4. Top with a dusting of Powdered Sugar. The powdered sugar is optional but really tasty.

Lemon bars cut and ready to serve.

Step 5. Cut and enjoy these lemon angel food cake bars.

Topping Ideas

  • Top with Whipped Cream. Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe is so easy to make for dessert recipes.
  • Add fresh fruit to the top – We love adding fresh raspberries or blueberries. The combination with the lemon it tasty but also eye pleasing.
  • Top with Ice Cream – You can top with vanilla ice cream or even blueberry ice cream.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting – Make a cream cheese frosting to top the lemon bars.

Lemon Bars Tips for Success

  • Baking Pan Size – The lemon bars are best in a 9×13 baking pan. This seems to make the recipe the perfect thickness.
  • Prepare Pan – Make sure to line the pan with foil and also spray with non stick cooking spray. This will make getting the bars out to cut them so much easier. You can also line the baking pan with parchment paper.
Lemon bars cut into squares.


Can you freeze lemon bars?

Yes, you can freeze these lemon bars to enjoy leftovers later. Once the lemon bars have cooled completely, cut into bars. Then wrap them in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag. We recommend putting a piece of wax paper in between the layers for storage.

How do I know when the Lemon Bars are done:

We like to use the toothpick method to ensure that the lemon bars are done. After inserting the toothpick in the cake, if it comes out clean then it done.

Make sure that you do not overcook the bars. They can become dry and crumbly.

How to store lemon bars?

Put the lemon bars in an airtight container to store them for later. I like to put them in the refrigerator. The bars are best served within a day or two of baking.

Lemon bars cut into squares.

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2 ingredient lemon bars

4.35 from 43 votes
2 ingredient lemon bars are so quick and easy to make. Just toss and go. It is that simple to make this delicious easy lemon bars recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 274


  • 1 box Angel Food Cake Mix
  • 21 oz Lemon Pie Filling
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine the cake mix and lemon pie filling together in a mixing bowl.
  • Spray a 9X13 baking pan with non stick spray.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick insert into the middle comes out clean.
  • Dust with Powder Sugar (Optional), slice and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 274kcal, Carbohydrates 65g, Protein 3g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 11mg, Sodium 577mg, Potassium 46mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 49g, Calcium 77mg, Iron 1mg

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I’m on a mission to help you create delicious desserts on a budget and do not require a ton of time. Together, we are going to make something sweet that the entire family will love!

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  1. Ellie says:

    Is any liquid added to the lemon bar recipe.?

    1. Carrie says:

      No additional liquid is needed for this recipe.

  2. Ginger Sulesky says:

    Can you substatute lemon curd for the lemon pie filling?

    1. Carrie says:

      No, you need the lemon pie filling to make this recipe.

  3. Sherry says:

    My question to you is about the 2 ingredient Lemon Bars. I see you made the lemon pudding and added it to the angelfood cake. My question to you is do I follow the instructions on the cake mix the add the made lemon pudding?

    1. Carrie says:

      No you don’t. You are just using the mix only.