Lime Bars Recipe

August 10, 2021Van
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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Serves: 24

This is an easy recipe for Lime Bars, the crust and filling come together in no time. Lemon bars are much more common, but my family loves limes – so I usually make this version.  The filling is tangy, sweet and creamy – the shortbread crust is buttery and has just the right amount of salt to balance the out the sweetness.  I also add lime zest to crust for an extra boost of lime flavor.

If you prefer lemons, you could use this exact recipe, but just use lemon juice and zest instead

Lime Bars Recipe

Fresh squeezed lime juice is a mustLime Bars Recipe

Line the baking pan with parchment paper, make sure there’s over-hang on the sides so you can lift it out of the pan later.  Use a fork to poke holes in the crust before baking, it allows steam to escape so the shortbread doesn’t puff up unevenlyLime Bars Recipe

I add a drop of green food gel coloring to get this “lime” color, you can omit it if you prefer, they will look more like standard lemon barsLime Bars Recipe

Lime Bars Recipe

Lime Bars Recipe

Lime Bars Recipe

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Lime Bars Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
  • Serves: 24


  • ½ Cup Lime Juice
  • 1⅔ Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • ¾ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1-2 Drops Green Food Coloring, optional


  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter (2 sticks), melted
  • Zest from 3 Limes
  • ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Fine Sea Salt


  • 1)

    Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9in baking dish with parchment paper, there should be extra parchment hanging over the edge of the pan so you can lift if out of the pan later (see pic above). In a mixing bowl, add 2 Cups All Purpose Flour, ½ Cup Granulated Sugar, Zest from 4 Limes, ½ Teaspoon Fine Sea Salt and stir well with a whisk. Add 1 Cup melted Unsalted Butter and stir until dough forms. Add the dough into the baking pan and use a spatula or your hands to  press it evenly into the bottom. Use a fork and poke holes every inch or so (see pic above). Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. Set aside to cool for a few minutes. Turn the temp of oven down to 325°F.

  • 2)

    Use the same mixing bowl (no need to wash it), add ¾ Cup All Purpose Flour, 1⅔ Cups Granulated Sugar, stir with a whisk to combine. Add 5 Large Eggs and stir gently until the eggs look completely mixed in. Lastly add ½ Cup Lime Juice, ½ Cup Heavy Cream and 1-2 drops of green food coloring. Stir until evenly combined. Pour into the crust and bake at 325°F for 25-30 minutes. The top should be set and the edges will be slightly brown.

  • 3)

    Let it cool on the counter for 1 hour, then place into the refrigerator uncovered for at least 3 hours before serving. Run a knife along the sides without parchment, remove from the pan, cut into squares using a long serrated knife (wiping down the knife before each cut) and dust with powdered sugar on top right before serving. If you have leftovers, keep refrigerated in a seal container for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

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  • Phuong Luu

    August 11, 2021 at 10:42 am

    These bars look amazing! I love lemon bars and never thought about using lime instead, great idea.

    1. Van

      August 11, 2021 at 11:59 am

      Thank you Phuong, I’m going to try yuzu lemons next, but first I have to try to find fresh ones which might be a challenge…

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