Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert

My little chef-in-training, Tyler, was given his own apron and kids cookbook for Christmas. We’ve tried a few of the recipes from it so far, including a recipe for Lemon Bars that was absolutely delicious!

I usually am not a fan of lemon-based desserts, but I couldn’t get enough of these bars! I can’t believe how simple they are to make, and of course, the boys loved to help with this recipe. According to Tyler, he had to help since it was from his recipe book!

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

Last week, Tyler asked if we could make something from his cookbook, and he wanted to make a dessert. So we looked through the book and found this recipe. He gets so excited to help in the kitchen. He immediately runs to grab his stool, wash his hands, and asks for help putting his apron on. Now and then, Ryan decides he wants to help as well.

One of the best aspects of this recipe is the ingredient list. Everything required to make the lemon bars are foods I almost always have on hand. The crust is made of butter, flour, and powdered sugar and the filling is made of eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and flour. The only thing I don’t always have is a lemon, but the zest is just extra, and I do make sure to have lemon juice in the refrigerator at all times.

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

Start the recipe by making the crust. Use a mixer to blend 3/4 cup of butter until it becomes fluffy, usually about a minute. You can use a hand-held electric mixer or a stand mixer if you have one. Then add the flour and powdered sugar, mixing until it forms a soft dough. Grease a 9×13 baking pan and then press the dough into the pan.

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

Bake the crust for about 15-20 minutes or until the edges just start to brown. Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely before moving on to the filling.

Meanwhile, use a mixer to combine the egg and sugar, then add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Blend in the flour until it is all combined, scraping the edges as needed.

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

Once the crust is cool, pour the filling into the pan over the crust. Tilt the pan around to make sure the filling covers the crust.

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

Bake the bars for about 25 minutes, until the filling is completely set. After 25 minutes, I used an oven mitt and gave the pan a slight shake. The filling wiggled a little too much, so I left it in for another 5 minutes. After the filling has cooled, cut the bars into small pieces and dust with a bit of powdered sugar.

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

Lemon Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Servings: 12 bars
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 350

  2. Add butter to a medium mixing bowl and blend with an electric mixer for about a minute or until it is fluffy

  3. Add the flour and powdered sugar and mix until it forms a soft dough

  4. Press the dough into a greased 9x13 baking dish until it covers the bottom of the dish and is mostly flat

  5. Bake the crust for about 20 minutes or until it just starts to look golden brown

  1. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl combine the egg whites and sugar

  2. Mix in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract

  3. Blend the flour into the mixture, it will still be very runny

  4. Pour the filling over the cooled crust, making sure the filling completely covers the crust

  5. Bake again for about 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is firm

  6. Cut the lemon bars into squares and sift powdered sugar over top

Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert Recipe

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31 thoughts on “Kid-Friendly Lemon Bar Dessert

  1. I love all things lemon and this is definitely one of my favorite ways to have it! Your recipe is different from mine though so I am totally going to have to try it and see which I like better! Love that your let your kids pick and help!

    1. I’d be interested to hear what the difference is! This came from a kids recipe book, so it’s supposed to be something they can easily do and enjoy. And these boys love to be in the kitchen, especially my oldest son!

  2. It’s great when kids can learn skills and have fun making things. They are adorable, and these lemon bars look amazing! They’d be gone in two seconds in my house!

    1. Even before I knew how much they loved helping in the kitchen, I always said I would make sure to teach them at least the basics of the kitchen so they can feed themselves when they are older! And these lemon bars did not last long here either!!

  3. The kids did a great job! I’m sure it was a real confidence booster to see you wolf down a lemon-based dessert you wouldn’t normally eat! Teaching kids to cook from a young age is so important. Not only is it an invaluable skill in itself, but it also teaches them to follow directions.

    1. We have so much fun together in the kitchen. Sometimes it gets frustrating, but overall, they are learning so much more than just how to cook and I love having them in there with me.

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