These lime bars may just be one of my favorite lime recipes. It's my go to recipe to make when we have too many limes.
These delicious bars are made with a sweet shortbread crush and topped with a tangy lemon custard. They're so good, you won't be able to eat just one.
These lime bars are a summer time favorite for us! We always buy lemons and limes by the bag full.
And while they taste amazing in drinks and to go along with our favorite Mexican dishes, these little lime squares are one of our favorite things to do with limes!
Butter: We'll use unsalted butter for this recipe. It doesn't have to be brought to room temperature, as we'll be melting it.
All purpose flower: Regular flour is best for creating the shortbread crust.
Powdered sugar: We'll be using both powdered sugar and granulated sugar in this recipe. If you don't have powdered sugar on hand, you can always throw some granulated sugar in a blender and blend it for a few minutes to create you own powdered sugar.
Salt: A pinch of salt helps bring out the flavors in sweet desserts.
Eggs: For the base of the custard filling.
Granulated sugar: For sweetness.
Fresh lime juice: Limes are the star of this lime dessert. Pressing fresh limes to get the lime juice will add a fresh flavor that's completely different than using store bought lime juice.
Lime zest: For garnish
See recipe card for quantities.
For this recipe we'll be making a shortbread crust first. A shortbread crust is simply a crust that's high in butter and mixed with flour, sugar and salt.
To make the crust, melt the butter in a large microwaveable bowl using 15 to 30 second increments.
Once the butter is fully melted, combine the flour, powdered sugar and salt.
Mix with a fork until everything is just incorporated. We want it to stay crumbly, so don't over mix it.
Once your crust dough is ready, press it into you baking pan using clean hands.
Bake until the crust is golden brown around the edges.
While your crust is baking, start preparing your lime custard.
Beat the eggs in separate mixing bowl. Then whisk in the sugar and fresh lime juice until everything is well combined.
Once the lime mixture is ready, pour onto your baked crust right as it comes out of the oven. Bake for 15 minutes.
After it's baked for the full 15 minutes, cover the entire dish with tin foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
And now your lime bars are all finished! I like to dust the top of them with powdered sugar and lime zest.
Once they cool, you can slice them up into delicious lime bar slices.
These delicious lime bars are made with a shortbread crust and a tangy, delicious lime custard.
- 2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 4 Eggs
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 5 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
- Lime Zest and Powdered Sugar to Garnish
- Preheat Oven to 350º.
- Line a 9×13 glass baking dish with parchment paper.
- For the crust: In a large microwaveable bowl, melt butter in 15-30 second increments until melted
and combine flour, powdered sugar, and salt.
- Slightly mix with a fork. Do not over mix.
- Press dough into the prepared pan and bake for 22 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown.
- While crust is baking, slightly beat eggs in another mixing bowl.
- Whisk in sugar and lime juice until combined.
- Pour lime mixture into baked crust as soon as it comes out of the oven.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, cover with foil, and bake for another 20 minutes or until the center is set.
- After the lime bars are done, dust with powdered sugar and lime zest and let the bars cool completely
on a wire rack.
The parchment paper helps remove the bars from the pan without a lot of breakage. Highly recommended if you have it.