Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars

These Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars are the jam! So moist, chewy and lemon-y! And they stay that way for days.

Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars

I actually made them for my grandmother. She is a BIG lemon fan. She’s also a big white chocolate fan. I know I’m her granddaughter because we have a love of white chocolate in common. On any given day, we’d both choose a block of white chocolate over the others.

The last couple years, my thing has been to give her something edible for Christmas. It’s usually a combination of something I made and something fun that I buy.

Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars

Last year, we got to see her a couple weeks before Christmas on our way to a wedding. I’d made my triple lemon cake for my mom’s birthday and everyone raved about it. She was bummed she hadn’t gotten to have any, so I brought her her own personal lemon cake. She loved it.

When I started to think about what to make her this year, I had to keep in mind that I sadly wasn’t going to get to deliver it in person. So it needed to be something that would ship well and still be moist and delicious after 2-3 days.

Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars

I immediately thought of my Gingerbread Caramel Gooey Bars. Did you make them? They are one of my favorites! And they stay moist and chewy for so long, I knew they were perfect. Making them lemon and white chocolate was the obvious choice.

One of the great things about this recipe is how easy it is. It starts with a cake mix. Add to that some butter, an egg, sugar and milk and mix it up and your dough is ready to go!

Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars

After pressing a little more than 1/2 of the dough into a 9×9 pan, you add a layer of white chocolate chips and some sweetened condensed milk, then top with the remaining dough. Bake it up and you’re good to go! How easy is that?

When my grandmother got these in the mail, she literally couldn’t wait to eat them and immediately dove in! Winner! She loved them too. :)

Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars

I definitely have the coolest grandmother ever. I feel like not everyone gets to have great relationships with their grandparents, but I’m so fortunate to have such an awesome one with her. She is a fabulous dance partner, a wonderful friend and has an amazing strength that I admire very much. She’s kind of like a second mom.

I’m so glad she loved her bars and I hope you love them too! Certainly if you are a lemon fan, these bars should be at the top of your “must bake” list!


Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars

Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars

Lemon White Chocolate Gooey Bars

Yield: 9-12 bars


15.25 oz lemon cake mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk


1. Combine cake mix, butter, egg, sugar and milk in a bowl and mix until smooth. Batter will be thick.
2. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x9 pan with parchment paper.
3. Add a little more than half of the batter to the bottom of the pan and spread evenly. Because the batter is thick, it might help to drop spoonfuls into the pan, then spread.
4. Add the white chocolate chips in an even layer on top of the batter.
5. Pour the sweetened condensed milk in an even layer on top of the white chocolate chips.
6. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining dough on top the sweetened condensed milk, spreading it a bit to mostly cover the other layers.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
8. Allow to cool in the pan, then cut into squares. Bars should be good stored in an airtight container for 7-10 days.
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  1. I am a BIG fan of lemon and these treats are calling my name!! Beautiful pictures by the way!!
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  2. These bars look heavenly Lindsay! Just pinned and shared on Facebook!
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  3. I JUST made these. They’re so freaking fabulous. I’ll wait to post for awhile. :)
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  4. Whoa mama, these lemon gooey bars look ridiculously delicious. My hubs adores anything lemon flavoured so maybe for once I’ll be a loving wife and will make these for him 😉 Pinning!

  5. I am always trying to find new lemon dessert recipes and I never can really find anything. This dessert will be a refreshing change to the normal lemon bars I make. Thank you!
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  6. Lemon desserts are so refreshing!
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  7. Are the bars supposed to puff up on the edges and be super gooey before you let them cool…I’m a little concerned that me and my man just ate a few of the bars and they might have been undercooked after 30 minutes in the oven. We couldn’t really wait so we risked it. Haha. Im just curious if they harden up when you actually let them sit for a ltitle longer. Mine don’t look anywhere near as pretty as yours do. Maybe next time. However, these are so simple to make! Thanks.

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      It sounds like they’re right Bethany! They are definitely gooey when they come out of the oven, but firm up as them cool. I’m so glad you both are enjoying them! :)

  8. I love all lemon things! These look delicious! Thanks for linking these up to our Marvelous Monday party to share with others. Pinned!
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  9. I love gooey bars! Especially because you can make so many flavors! Pinning!
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  10. I really enjoy lemon and white chocolate together so I know I would love these!
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  11. Mmmmm, these look absolutely wonderful! Pinning, and thanks for sharing the recipe at Creativity Unleashed!
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  12. So odd I don’t think I’ve ever had lemon and white chocolate. I need to try this combo. thanks for sharing these cookies on foodie friday.
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  13. I LOVE lemon, and these bars look absolutely delicious Lindsay!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Best of the Weekend. Have a great day. :)
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  14. How sweet that you mailed these to your grandmother! I bet she was so excited to receive them! I’m a huge lemon fan too, so I know that these bars are in my future! They look incredible! :)
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  15. I love this post. They look so yummy. Perfect for an upcoming Super Bowl party dessert. FEATURING you on Best of the Weekend party. Spread the word!! Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch http://www.mandatorymooch.com

  16. These bars are calling my name! Plus I love that you used a cake mix, so easy! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
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    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Karly – I love the ease of a cake mix too! Thank you for hosting the party every week! :)

  17. Is the butter softened or melted? Please. Thanks :) Terri

  18. Baking them right now. I think they’ll be perfect for my dinner menu of this upcoming saturday!

    Un gros Merci du Québec :)

  19. This recipe is really out of this world! So gooooeeey & moist! Will make this over and over. Thank you for the recipe!

  20. these look so yummy and bright!
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  21. I made these and actually omitted the sugar that you add to the cake mix. They turned out SO unbelievably sweet and gummy. I cannot imagine adding even more sugar to them. I’m sorry, but these were a huge miss for me.

  22. These look amazing, I’m making them tonight for a food day at work tomorrow! If I want to double the recipe, is a 9×13 dish sufficient? Or should I do them in 2 9x9s?

  23. Ok, I just made the (luscious) lemon white chocolate bars. I’ve only had two bites but had to stop eating just to send u a message and let u know how AWESOME these are. Such ooey gooey deliciousness. I’m gonna TRY and save some for the family but I could literally eat the whole yummy pan!! Thanks for sharing!


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