As with Lemon Bars, I can’t make these lime bars often because I can’t stop eating them! As I’m cutting them into squares, I keep having to “even up” the edges and eating the “scraps”…because you know, I have to make sure they’re good ;). If you’re a fan of anything lemon or lime, you’ll love these bars. The recipe is exactly the same for these lime bars as for the lemon bars with the exception of lime juice for the lemon juice, obviously =). I used regular limes but if you can find key limes they would be delicious too.
The crust is slightly sweet, buttery, and crisp. It’s the perfect balance for the smooth, creamy, sweet and tart, but not too tart, lime filling. I’ve been making these bars for years and they are always a hit. Give them a try and let me know what you think! Enjoy!
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, cold
1-1/2 cups white sugar
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup lime juice
zest of 1 lime
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper.
2. Combine the flour, 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, and butter in bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment and mix on low until mixture is crumbly and butter is the size of peas (or by hand using a pastry cutter).
3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until slightly golden. While the crust is baking, whisk together eggs, white sugar, flour, lime zest and lime juice until frothy. Pour this lime mixture over the hot crust.
4. Return to the preheated oven for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Dust the top with confectioners’ sugar. Cut into squares.
Note: You can add a few drops of green food coloring to the mixture in step 3 for “green” lime bars.
*adapted from Allrecipes