Recipe - Lime Bars

Who doesn't love make holiday colored desserts? I was thinking that I hadn't made lemon bars before but when I looked in the fridge, we only had limes. So that got me to searching to see if lime bars were a possibility. Lo and behold, they were. How perfect too - I could bring a green dessert for a Christmas-centric party! I adapted the recipe from here and had a fun time seeing everyone eat them all up. Seriously, everyone and their mothers liked the lime bars. I consider a dessert a success when my mom likes it because she is sensitive to things that are overly sweet. She gave me the thumbs up, yay! The recipe is actually very basic and easy so enjoy making these.

Step 1: Ingredients (yields 12-16 bars)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (and extra for topping)
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • 2 tsps lime zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs

Step 2: Making the crust
Pre-heat your oven to 350°F. Combine the flour and powdered sugar well. Then cut in cold butter. You need to make sure it is right from the fridge when you add it so that your shortbread crust will have the right texture and consistency. Press the mix into a 13x9" pan and put in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Then start zesting the limes (look at the beautiful zest!). Option: make more lime zest and add to the crust mixture before baking.


Step 3: Making the lime mixture
Juice the limes you have zested. I think I used about 4 or 5 small limes. In a bowl, beat the eggs on high until a pale yellow (refer to second picture). Add in sugar, salt, lime zest, and lime juice. Continue on high. Add the food coloring.

Step 4: Layering
Once the crust is done, pull it out and pour the lime mixture over it while still hot. Stick back in the oven for another 20-25 until the top is golden brown.

Step 5: Finishing
Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar and let it cool completely before cutting. Serve and enjoy!




  1. I know you know I love these, but I have to say it one more time...


    I am making these for my family. I might try it with other citrus fruits like orange or grapefruit.