Ultimate Lemonade Stand: Cooking with Kids

ultimate lemonade stand
Lemonade! 25 cents!
Whether you're having a yard sale or it's simply a beautiful sunny afternoon, having your kiddos man a lemonade stand can be a great business lesson as well as an incredible amount of fun. See photo for evidence of fun.

My 4-year-old, Esme, and her buddy Liam took the lemonade stand a step further and offered brownies in tandem with the homemade lemonade. Both sold for 25 cents each and the twosome went home with $2 a piece. Not bad for an hour or two of work.

Although, after the fact, we got a money-making tip from a neighborhood kid: Tell people to pay what they want and you'll get a much bigger haul.


Both Liam and Esme were active participants in making this delicious lemonade recipe from Allrecipes. Lemon squeezing is a kid kitchen job if I've ever seen one and these two performed admirably. All you need is sugar, water, and lemons for the lemonade.

Sadly, we had to go the box route for brownies when I realized at the last minute I was missing a key ingredient for my family recipe for caramel cuts. But I highly recommend you try this yummy pseudo-blondie my grandmother used to make before blondies were a thing.

Grandma Reeves' Caramel Cuts

What You Will Need:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans

Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add brown sugar and blend well. While mixture is still warm, add 1 unbeaten egg. Beat well and add vanilla.

Sift dry ingredients together and add to first mixture. Stir in chopped pecans. Pour into a square pan, which has been greased, lined with wax paper, and greased again.

Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and turn out. Remove wax paper at once. Cut when cool.


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