Cream Cheese Lemon Bars with Kit Kat Crust

Our orthodontist is offering to pay the kids around here $1 for each pound of Halloween candy they’ll fork over. My kiddo is currently frantically digging out the candy that he’s willing to part with so he can make a little cash. My advice for him is to look for the heavy stuff (but keep the candy bars, of course).

If you’re looking for ways to use up your abundance of Halloween candy, I’ve got a couple of delicious ideas for you. The first involves Kit Kats. You’ll need about 14 mini Kit Kats (or 5 regular-sized) for Cream Cheese Lemon Bars with Kit Kat Crust.

The Kit Kats make the crust, of course. Simply done, they’re demolished in the food processor and pressed into the bottom of a square pan- no additions needed.


The lemon filling is made creamy with the addition of cream cheese, and it’s topped off with a lemony crumble.

It bakes up nice and bubbly and lightly browned. You need to let it cool completely. Chilling overnight in the refrigerator is best for easier and cleaner cutting.

I put parchment in my pan and then lifted the whole thing out to cut. I find that’s a better way to do it then trying to dig out individual pieces from a tight fit in the pan. And yes, these bars are as moist and caramelized looking as those edges indicate.

When I asked my husband what he thought of the bars he said: “They’re really, really good, but I wish more of the chocolate flavor came through.” That would be nice but they’re lemon bars, dear.

I give you permission to raid your children’s giant bags full of Halloween candy- there are bound to be 14 Kit Kats in there! And maybe if you show your children what you can do with their Kit Kats, they might just render them willingly.

(Look for another recipe utilizing leftover Halloween candy in my next post…)

This recipe can be found here:  Cream Cheese Lemon Bars with Kit Kat Crust

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51 Responses to “Cream Cheese Lemon Bars with Kit Kat Crust”

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    The Yummy Mummy Cooks Gourmet — November 1, 2008 @ 11:28 AM

    Okay, this is brilliant!

    Just found you last night and I’m a little in love with your recipes.

    This one will have me tearing through the kids’ treat bags as soon as I hit send.

    Thanks!

    Kim

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    Barbara Bakes — November 1, 2008 @ 12:52 PM

    I love lemon bars – great twist!

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    Bunny — November 1, 2008 @ 1:15 PM

    That’s a great use for Halloween candy! At our house the candy ( only the ones they don’t like of course) sits here till Thanksgiving!!

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    anudivya — November 1, 2008 @ 1:26 PM

    Oh my gosh! This looks and sounds great!… Great use for Halloween candies.

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    HoneyB — November 1, 2008 @ 1:40 PM

    Great idea for the crust! Looks yummy!

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    Snooky doodle — November 1, 2008 @ 2:20 PM

    Nice recipe to use all those candy bars of kit kat. I bet it tastes great

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    Joanna — November 1, 2008 @ 2:41 PM

    now that is my kinda treat! that would satisfy any kind of sweets craving i have. i have a huge bag of kitkat bars downstairs and this would be perfect.

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    touchofnectar — November 1, 2008 @ 2:46 PM

    Holey Yumoley!!!

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    Lisa — November 1, 2008 @ 3:08 PM

    Awesome! I already told the kiddos I am stealing their candy for baking. They have WAY too much.

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    Cathy — November 1, 2008 @ 3:39 PM

    My family would love this but the Kit Kats were the first to go last night. That and Junior Mints. Guess I’ll have to go buy a few more.

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    Sara — November 1, 2008 @ 3:39 PM

    These look great, we have plenty of kit kats left over!

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    Nicole (Nico's Eats) — November 1, 2008 @ 3:45 PM

    I love this idea. I’m a fan of cream cheese bars of all kinds…

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    Lori Lynn — November 1, 2008 @ 4:54 PM

    I am always impressed with your creativity Lori.

    Happy Day of the Dead!

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    Clumbsy Cookie — November 1, 2008 @ 4:58 PM

    Lovely idea for a kit kat fan like my self, that crust is awesome!

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    mollie — November 1, 2008 @ 5:46 PM

    REDICULOUS!!!
    I mean that in the nicest way…I CANT WAIT to make it.

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    Heather — November 1, 2008 @ 6:36 PM

    so cool! i would never have thought of this! i’ll bet they taste delicious! and i love your last post, on the soup. so neat!

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    Melanie — November 1, 2008 @ 7:30 PM

    I definitely have 14 mini kit kats from my kids’ Halloween bags that would love to be involved in this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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    That Girl — November 1, 2008 @ 8:28 PM

    I was just passing our bowl of leftovers and thinking of ways to use up skittles…..

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    Teresa Cordero Cordell — November 1, 2008 @ 10:50 PM

    Sounds like you’re going to give the Girl Scouts a run for their money. You know how they’ve been coming up with recipes in which to use their cookies, and know you’ve come up with this magnificent idea. Great job. I love lemon bars.

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    CookiePie — November 1, 2008 @ 11:09 PM

    What a delicious idea!!

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    Megan — November 2, 2008 @ 12:21 AM

    these look absolutely delicious! I love the mini kit-kat bars handed out during halloween and this sounds like the perfect treat to use them in-thanks!

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    Helene — November 2, 2008 @ 12:39 AM

    This is such a great idea. I love it. Beautiful!

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    Sharon — November 2, 2008 @ 1:12 AM

    Sounds like an interesting but delicious flavor combo. I wonder what the orthodontist is doing with all that candy?!

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    sliceofsueshe — November 2, 2008 @ 1:22 AM

    what a creative use of kit kat bars. definitely something to think about with those halloween leftovers.

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    Patsyk — November 2, 2008 @ 3:27 AM

    kit bar crust? What a creative way to use them! Love this idea… now, to go raid the candy jar!

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    Michelle — November 2, 2008 @ 3:54 AM

    This looks SINFULLY delicious!!

    Michelle :)

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    Joe — November 2, 2008 @ 1:13 PM

    Happy Birthday Lori!

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    Megan — November 2, 2008 @ 2:10 PM

    I love kitkats and I love lemon bars. Sounds like a keeper!

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    Stephanie — November 2, 2008 @ 2:36 PM

    Those look fantastic! I love kit kats and lemon bars, the idea of combining them sounds just delicious!

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    Nina Timm — November 2, 2008 @ 2:46 PM

    You guys are so clever…both you and the dentist…..I’ll have to hide the Kit Kats though! Lovely recipes!

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    Deborah — November 2, 2008 @ 2:52 PM

    Love it!

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    alexandra's kitchen — November 2, 2008 @ 3:36 PM

    That orthodontist sounds awesome. I wonder how many pounds of candy he/she has received?!

    These bars look and sound awesome. Kit Kats are one of my favorite candies, especially on Halloween. You’re so resourceful!

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    Alexa — November 2, 2008 @ 4:22 PM

    That’s so clever! Such a creative way to use that mountain of candies.

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    Dawn — November 2, 2008 @ 4:27 PM

    You know that is exactly what I gave out this year: mini Kit Kats! And do you know I have a lot leftover.
    Thank you so much for thinking of this. I think I will make this but with pb filling.
    Awesome, thanks for sharing, now I don’t have to go looking for recipes.

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    PaniniKathy — November 2, 2008 @ 5:09 PM

    I knew there had to be a creative use for all this leftover Halloween candy! I think we might have had 14 leftover Kit-Kats at one point, but now…oh well, next year! :-)

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    noble pig — November 2, 2008 @ 5:23 PM

    What a fabulous idea! Wow, I love it! Thanks for this!

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    Anna — November 2, 2008 @ 5:28 PM

    We bought Kit Kats to give out and nobody came to our door. I’ll have to try this.

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    Manggy — November 2, 2008 @ 5:47 PM

    Happy birthday Lori!! :) The lemon bars look awesome– I should be so lucky to have extra Kit Kats, though! ;)

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    Ivy — November 2, 2008 @ 7:46 PM

    Wow! This is a winner recipe and of course bookmarked.

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    Peter M — November 2, 2008 @ 11:55 PM

    This looks like a shepherd’s pie but a sweet treat!

    Kit Kat bars were one of my faves.

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    1215656559s20768 — November 3, 2008 @ 1:10 AM

    Wow! This is a great flavor combo! I am enjoying your blog!

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    Katrina — November 3, 2008 @ 2:07 AM

    If Joe is right, Happy Birthday!
    About these lemon bars. Hmmm. I first thought “chocolate and lemon”, I don’t know, but I just read your post about them again and looked at those yummy pictures and since your husband didn’t think they were very chocolatey, I bet they ARE good! Four buckets of candy and we probably have over 30 Kit Kats. Hmmm? They are one of my son’s favorites, so I’ll bet he’d really be mad if I took them. ;)

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    Emiline — November 3, 2008 @ 2:15 AM

    I love what Anna said on Cookie Madness… “they came from Recipe Girl, so they’ve got to be good.

    How true!

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    RecipeGirl — November 3, 2008 @ 2:25 AM

    Thanks for the birthday greetings everyone!

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    dessertobsessed — November 3, 2008 @ 4:42 AM

    yay, thanks for posting this! i was just wondering what to do with all my halloween candy! these sound perfect!
    ps i made your pumpkin brownies the other day and they were sooooo delicious!!

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    Grace — November 3, 2008 @ 2:16 PM

    i’ve never had kit kat bars that i didn’t immediately devour, but if i ever come into an excess of them, i know what to do. great idea. :)

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    cakewardrobe — November 3, 2008 @ 4:21 PM

    What a creative way to incorporate leftover Halloween candy!

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    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy — November 4, 2008 @ 5:12 AM

    What a great idea! Got any suggestions for leftover Laffy Taffy? ;)

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    eliza — November 11, 2008 @ 6:35 AM

    i love kit kat so this looks very very appealing to me! thanks for the recipe, Lori.

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    Darlene Freeman — November 23, 2011 @ 12:21 PM

    I thought this would be a nice change and I decided to give it a try. Never again. So sweet it was inedible in my opinion. I found the cooking time a bit off and I had to cook for an additional five minutes. Cooling in the fridge is a must. I can’t imagine who would have a sweet tooth big enough to find this appetizing!

    • Lori Lange replied: — November 23rd, 2011 @ 3:50 PM

      us, I guess! Sorry you didn’t care for it. The recipe is originally from a candy bar cookbook.