Recipes for Busy Moms

Key Lime Bars
May 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM


Key Lime Bars
(or Lime Bars if using regular limes)
makes 18-24 bars

For the crust:
1 cup plus 2 1/2 Tbsp. finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp. finely grated lime zest
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup fresh Key lime juice or bottled Key Lime Juice (or use regular Persian limes, about 4)

For the garnish:
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 Key limes, thinly sliced into half-moons

For the crust: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl. Press evenly onto bottom of an 8-inch square foil lined baking pan.  Bake until dry and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

For the filling: 1. Put egg yolks and lime zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on high speed until very thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add condensed milk in a slow, steady stream, mixing constantly. Raise speed to high; mix until thick, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add lime juice; mix until just combined.

Assemble bars: 1. Spread filling evenly over crust using a spatula. Bake, rotating halfway through, until filling is just set, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Make garnish: 1. Cut 18 or 24 lime bars. Put cream in the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the clean whisk attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Garnish bars with whipped cream and a slice of lime. Ungarnished bars can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days.


  • kt674
    by kt674
    May 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM
    Yummy! I love key lime desserts!!
  • KaylaMillar
    May 5, 2012 at 4:42 PM
    Oh yum!
  • periwinkle163
    May 5, 2012 at 5:33 PM

     Key Lime is awesome, I just love that flavor.

  • Kimberly954
    May 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM

     Man, before I even read more than the title I knew I was going to want this and I just KNEW it was going to have condensed milk which I do not have in the house. Honestly the ingredients dont look too much different from making a regular key lime pie.

  • rkoloms
    by rkoloms
    May 6, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Oh, yum! There is a produce market that sells 12 limes for $1!

  • delanna6two
    May 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM


  • goddess99
    May 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM


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