One of the things I remember doing outside on a summer evening when I was younger (think the 80's) was sitting on the porch with my brother and spitting watermelon seeds out on the ground as we savored the juicy red fruit to cool off and get our "dessert" before going to bed.

Back then I don't remember or really know why seedless watermelon wasn't available to me but if I had to guess, it was probably because it was too expensive for my mom to purchase.

Now as a grown up, I have a great job (hence the ability to purchase seedless watermelon,) Pinterest, an opportunity to try new recipes in the comfort of my own kitchen, and thanks to Instructables, the ability to share them with all of you.

It seems almost childish to say that watermelon has got to be my favorite fruit, but as I learned by preparing this recipe, I know why my mom would just cut it up into wedges and my brother and I would eat it straight - it takes a significant amount of time to juice a watermelon.

What I will say about this recipe is that it cooled me down from a hot summer's evening, and brought back the memories of when I was a child eating watermelon with my brother on the porch.

I got this recipe off of Pinterest and the total cost was probably about $8 for 12 to 18 squares. The total prep time was about 1-hour, but I was taking photos during that time. The gelatinous mixture can be placed in the freezer to set for about 2 to 2-1/2 hours or in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.

Step 1: Ingredients & Tools

I've included a printable recipe card in the first step of this Instructable.


  • 12 oz. round vanilla wafer or vanilla flavored cookies
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 5 cups watermelon juice, separated (Step 3) - I used just over a half of a watermelon
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice - from five (5) lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 oz. unflavored gelatin (4 packs in my case)
  • confectioners’ sugar or whipped cream, optional for garnish

Utensils & Tools

  • blender (for watermelon juice)
  • sieve & measuring cups (for watermelon juice)
  • wooden spoon
  • food processor (or blender)
  • one 13x9 pan or two-8x8 pans*
  • foil
  • cooking spray
  • zester

*Note: Currently in my home we are trying to not utilize the oven. I used two 8 x 8 glass pans instead of 13 x 9 pan to fit in my Nuwave Tabletop Oven. The crust did not fit edge to edge in two pans perfectly, but it was close enough.

<p>You too! Thank you!</p>
<p>Yummy bars.. Love it!</p>
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<p>Yum! It sounds like a perfect combination, they look delicious!</p>
<p>They are good to me! I hope someone else tries it and can verify it for everyone. Thanks Linda!</p>
<p>This looks AMAZING. I love sweet and sour and I love watermelon. Can't wait to try it!</p>
<p>I do too! I don't know what's up with my kids! It's a delicate type of sweet and sour mix though. Not overpowering at all....</p>
<p>I love this take on lemon bars! Yum!</p>
<p>Thanks Danger! I think the jello-like consistency is definitely a plus for me. I do like lemon jello!</p>

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