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one lemon magic bar topped with powdered sugar on a square of parchment paper with white chocolate chips and lemons around
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5 from 3 votes

Lemon Magic Bars

Lemon Magic Bars are like the combination of a magic bar and a lemon bar. They come by their name honestly; they are truly magical.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie bars, lemon bars, magic bars, magic cookie bars
Servings: 24 bars
Author: Lisa Longley



  • 9 graham cracker sheets approximately 5.4 oz worth, crushed
  • 6 TBSPs of unsalted butter melted
  • 2 TBSPs granulated sugar

Sugar Cookie Layer

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Lemon Layer

Top Layer

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk Do not use the whole can and do not buy evaporated milk


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the graham crackers, the 6 TBSPs of butter (melted) and the 2 TBSPs of sugar. Press into the bottom of the pan.
  • In a different bowl, mix together 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp baking powder, set aside.
  • Beat together 3/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup unsalted butter until creamy, about two minutes. Add in the egg and then the vanilla until just combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture until it is fully combined. (See Tips and Tricks for more information.)
  • Very carefully spread the cookie dough mixture on top of the graham cracker crust. The easiest way to do this is to take small amounts, flatten it in your hands, and set it on the crust. You may not be able to entirely cover the graham cracker crust, that's okay.
  • Beat together the cream cheese and the lemon curd. Pour the mixture over the sugar cookie layer and spread evenly.
  • Top with the white chocolate chips and then evenly cover with 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk. (Make sure it is sweetened condensed milk and do not use the whole can.)
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Refrigerate overnight before slicing. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.