Skinny Lemon Icebox Bars

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Delicious and creamy lemon cheesecake top a graham cracker crust and chills in the fridge. They are made with lightened up ingredients and make the perfect lemon dessert! 

Lemon Icebox bars with lemon slice on top.

It has been a while since I posted a dessert on the ole blogsky. But sheesh. I ate enough dessert over the holidays to last a while. And my skinny jeans collecting dust in the closet can back me up on that. But for some reason I was needing a dessert last week. I love any dessert that has to do with lemon and a creamy cheesecake. So when I saw this dessert with half of the calories I knew that I needed it in my life.

I love any dessert that starts with a buttery graham cracker crust. Then it gets followed by a layer of creamy lemon cheesecake. It is light and refreshing and I couldn’t get enough of it!

Lemon icebox bars with sliced lemons on top.

These are so incredibly delicious and lemony it is hard to stop at just one square. I loved my first bite and that creamy lemon cheesecake layer is to die for.

If you are looking for an amazing dessert that is light on calories and full of delicious lemon flavor, then you are going to love this dessert!

Lemon icebox bars with lemon slices on top.

Skinny Lemon Icebox Bars

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Delicious and creamy lemon cheesecake top a graham cracker crust and chills in the fridge. They are made with lightened up ingredients and make the perfect lemon dessert!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 16 Bars


  • 14 squares whole-grain graham cracker 7 full sheets
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • 1 package (8-ounce) ⅓ less-fat cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 can (14-ounce) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water


  • Line an 9 inch pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside. In a food processor combine graham cracker squares and pulse until crumbs are formed. Add melted butter, and brown sugar. Press into the bottom of your 8 inch pan. Chill while you make the filling.
  • To make the filling: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, condensed milk and beat on high with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add lemon zest and juice and beat until fully incorporated, another 30 seconds.
  • In a small bowl, combine the gelatin and boiling water and whisk until gelatin is entirely dissolved; let cool 2 to 3 minutes. Stir the gelatin into the cream cheese-lemon mixture until well incorporated. Pour the filling over the crust. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight, until filling is firm.


Serves: 16

Calories130kcal (7%)Carbohydrates17g (6%)Protein4g (8%)Fat6g (9%)Saturated Fat4g (20%)Cholesterol20mg (7%)Sodium105mg (4%)Potassium135mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar15g (17%)Vitamin A188IU (4%)Vitamin C4mg (5%)Calcium92mg (9%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Step 2 mentions “pasteurized egg product”, but there is nothing listed in the ingredient list regarding this. Quantity?

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