I love the idea of Peeps®, but I am not a big fan of marshmallow. So as lemon bars are also sunny yellow, and way more delicious, I thought it only natural that a lemon bar Peep® should exist.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 peeps
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Crust:
Lemon Layer:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

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  • Beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar together in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add 2 cups flour and cornstarch; beat until mixture forms a dough. Press dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until crust is light golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Beat 1 1/3 cups sugar, lemon juice, 2/3 cup flour, eggs, and lemon zest together in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour lemon mixture over crust.

  • Bake in the oven until lemon mixture is set, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature before removing from baking dish. Cut into desired "Peep" shapes using shaped cookie cutters. Place 2 mini chocolate chips onto each "Peep" to create "eyes."

Nutrition Facts

581 calories; protein 7.8g; carbohydrates 80.9g; fat 26.3g; cholesterol 154mg; sodium 199.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (3)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2018
I liked this recipe a lot. I am not a super experienced baker, but nothing about this recipe was difficult. I followed the recipe exactly the first time, but because I used dried lemon zest, the lemon flavor was really strong. The second time I made them, I cut the zest in half (used the dried again) and the lemon flavor was perfect. Also, cutting the peeps out is ridiculously tedious. I would not cut them again, but this lemon bar recipe is amazing. Read More
(4)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/18/2017
The lemon bars a tasty...however...the cookie cutter idea was a hot mess!!! I tried flouring them, I tried Pam spray, I tried dry, I tried wet. What I got was a messy goopy blob. Read More
(2)
4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 0
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2018
I liked this recipe a lot. I am not a super experienced baker, but nothing about this recipe was difficult. I followed the recipe exactly the first time, but because I used dried lemon zest, the lemon flavor was really strong. The second time I made them, I cut the zest in half (used the dried again) and the lemon flavor was perfect. Also, cutting the peeps out is ridiculously tedious. I would not cut them again, but this lemon bar recipe is amazing. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2017
The recipe was delicious but making more of the lemon filling would have made it taste better. Read More
(2)
Rating: 2 stars
04/18/2017
The lemon bars a tasty...however...the cookie cutter idea was a hot mess!!! I tried flouring them, I tried Pam spray, I tried dry, I tried wet. What I got was a messy goopy blob. Read More
(2)
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