Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 9 mins
Cook: 32 mins
Chill: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 41 mins
Yield: 9 bars

Girl Scout Lemon-Ups are crispy, lemon cookies baked with motivational messages designed to lift your spirits—and they are inspired by bold Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs. They are topped with a thin layer of tangy lemon icing for even more lemon flavor.

This recipe starts with a lemon-flavored crust made from the crushed Girl Scout Cookies. Over this crust you'll layer a decadent lemon filling. It calls for 2 tablespoons of lemon zest and 1/2 cup of lemon juice. To achieve these quantities, you will need approximately three medium-sized lemons.

It is fun to make these ultimate lemon bars using the Girl Scout cookies because every time you buy a box of cookies, you are helping a young girl learn how to handle money, keep records, and track orders: all essential skills for running a business. The annual Girl Scout cookie sale also teaches girls about goal setting. They learn how to organize the sale, build a sales goal, and work hard to achieve these goals. All that, and you get to enjoy some delicious treats!

Ingredients

Girl Scout Cookie Crust:

  • 1 - 6.2 ounce package Girl Scout Lemon-Ups cookies, divided

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Lemon Filling:

  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

  • 5 large egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Girl Scout Cookie Crumble Topping:

  • 2 Girl Scout Lemon-Ups cookies

  • powdered sugar, to garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8-inch square pan with nonstick foil and set aside.

    Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  2. Place 10 of the Girl Scout Lemon-Ups cookies from the package into a food processor, and set aside two of the cookies for the topping. Pulse the 10 cookies until finely ground.

    Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  3. Combine the ground Lemon-Ups cookies (it will yield about 1 ½ cups), sugar, and butter in a small bowl and stir until combined.

    Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  4. Press the Lemon-Ups crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and press down firmly. Bake crust in pre heated oven for 7 minutes.

    Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  5. Remove pan from oven and let cool while preparing the filling.

    Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  6. Whisk the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice, and zest in a large bowl until smooth.

    Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  7. Pour over crust and bake in pre-heated oven for 25 minutes.

    Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  8. Place the bars in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours before topping and serving.

    Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  9. When ready to serve, crumble the two reserved cookies, sprinkle cookie crumble over the baked bars, and finish with a dusting of powdered sugar.

    Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

  10. Cut into bars to serve. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

    Girl Scout Cookie Lemon-Ups Lemon Bars

    Kristina Vanni/Eric Kleinberg

Recipe Tip

Be sure to zest the lemons first before juicing. This will ensure that you get the most zest from the lemon possible while protecting your fingers from the grater.

Why Different Names For Girl Scout Cookies?

These lemon cookies might be called Lemon-Ups or Lemonades. Don't be confused by the different boxes, as the two cookies are similarly delicious. They are just produced by two different bakeries, depending on where you live, and that's why sometimes Girl Scout Cookies have two different names.