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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Lime Bars

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Recipe for Lime Bars

I've always loved celebrating birthdays. Of course I love my own special day, but I enjoy celebrating anyone and everyone's birthday. I think birthday celebrations should last for the entire month too. Josh's birthday was last weekend, we already had the party, cake, presents, etc. but I am not done yet!

I made Josh another birthday treat. This time it was all about lime, his favorite! I found a great recipe for Lime Bars on Evil Shenanigans. I knew the bars would be a hit with the hubs and I was correct.

I loved the graham cracker crust with lime zest. It gave the bars an added zing:) The lime filling was very creamy and very tart. I used fat free sweetened condensed milk and the filling was plenty rich and plenty sweet. This is not a healthy dessert, it's still loaded with sugar and butter in the crust, but why not use fat free if the results are amazing?

Joshua really enjoyed his special birthday bars. I know he will be asking for these again!

Lime Bars

Recipe from Evil Shenanigans

(Printable Recipe)

For the crust:
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
zest of one lime

For the filling:
2 large egg yolks
1-14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lime juice

Heat the oven to 350F, then grease an 8″ square pan. I used my Pyrex glass dish.

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and zest. Press into the prepared pan, pressing the crust mixture one inch up the side of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Once the crust is cooled combine the egg yolks and condensed milk until well mixed. Stir in the lime juice and combine. It will begin to thicken slightly.

Pour the filling into the crust, making sure the filling reaches the edges. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just set.

Cool to room temperature, then chill for at least one hour, overnight is better. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Blogger Finla said...

Looks so creamy lemony delicous.

5:04 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Oh my gosh they look awesome! I am totally making these for my Josh for our anniversary! You're such a good wife ;)

5:08 AM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

these look so creamy. I want these for my birthday too :)

5:19 AM  
Blogger Cristine said...

Those look fantastic!!!!

5:39 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

Oh, my husband would totally flip for something like this. Looks creamy and delicious, lucky Josh!

5:50 AM  
Blogger kat said...

He's so lucky you want to keep celebrating his birthday with little treats

5:55 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Such a simple, yummy recipe!

5:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yum, those look delicious! I agree with you - birthday celebrations should last the entire month!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These look delicious! I will have to give these a try.. I think my hubby would love them.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Judy@nofearentertaining said...

I HAVE to make those. Maybe even today!!!!

6:45 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

I LOVE these! A friend made something similar for me last year & I've yet to make them. You made them very cute w/ that lime wedgie there :)

6:48 AM  
Blogger Natanya Anderson said...

Lime bars just scream summer to me for some reason. I bet these would be a great addition to a dessert tray for a pool or porch party. Adding them to my "to make" collection.

6:48 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

I adore lime bars! Step aside, lemon--hello, lime! These look delicious.

6:52 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

WOW that middle is one sweet tart one!! It's making my mouth pucker just thinking about it!

6:53 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love lemon bars and I would love to try these. They certainly sound easy enough!!!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I just want to say I LOVE your blog! I found it through Erica @ itzy's kitchen (love her blog too)& am hooked : )

These look delish!!!!!! I can't wait to make that lemon blueberry cake too!

6:59 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Erica-Your Josh will love these too:)

Thanks everyone! These bars are really good, I promise:)

7:01 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

creamy & crunchy my favorite! it's been a very long time since I've had lime bars...

7:06 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Your bars look fantastic! I'm so glad you guys enjoyed them!

7:10 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

These are perfect, Maria! I am making them tonight so we can have them for dessert tomorrow! Hubs is a huge lime fan, and I have limes that need to be used up quickly.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I can't resist such a treat!



7:15 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

My mom used to make something very similar to this, except she used lemon. Thanks for the food memory!

7:31 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

I've been wanting to make lime bars for several weeks.. those look fantastic!

7:44 AM  
Blogger Deeba PAB said...

Gosh, luck lucky Josh! I love the look of this tart Maria...absolutely YUM!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Looks sinful.
Looks easy to make too!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Pearl said...

oh i bet those were perfect for his bday! happy bday!

8:46 AM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

These look fabulous and I love how easy the recipe is.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Girl - you have me drooling. This looks incredible. I love tart/sweet desserts. Yum.

9:27 AM  
Blogger anudivya said...

This looks so wonderful! Yeah, I love celebrating birthdays too, especially mine! LOL

10:04 AM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

I agree...I want a birthday month! :)

My jaw was tingling the whole time I was reading this post. Mmmmm, I want one!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Oh they look so good. I'd love one now!

10:16 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

YUM! They look very delicious.

11:01 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

wow! now these, that crust, oh my! I love the crust with the twang of the lime. Nicely done sweetie.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

I LOVE lime desserts - these look so refreshing!

11:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i bet he does!!! it does look so inviting and really yum... belated birthday greetings to josh... :)

12:40 PM  
Blogger Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said...

I'm big fan of lime type desserts, look so refreshing and delicious!


12:59 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Those sound simple and tasty. Did you see the key lime bars they did on Studio 5 today? You ought to check it out. It had coconut in the crust.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dang, those look soooo good that I want one right now! Love the idea of using zest in the crust, I'll have to try that.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

Such a sweet wife! And I'm also glad that you called them lime bars. So many people call desserts like this "key lime" when there is no key lime in site. As a Floridian that is just one of my weird baking peeves. :)

4:09 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

that crust sounds soooo good. i love lime so this is definitely going on the list. happy to see you back to regular blogging, too :D

4:15 PM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

I love lime tarts :D I could kill for some now.

Or I could wish to be Josh!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

I've had these bookmarked for a while and I've been craving some sort of lemon/lime bar for a while. I made lemon tarts the other day, but I gave them all away. I'd make these but I don't have graham crackers either :-(

Oh, these look delicious, btw!

5:09 PM  
Blogger Risa said...

I love lime bars and this recipe is so different from mine. I will have to give it a try.

5:12 PM  
Blogger La Cuisine d'Helene said...

What a great dessert for Spring. Looks great.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Happy Birthday to your man!!!!! And the dessert looks deeeee-lish!!!!!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

you know, i love lime so much more than lemon - don't know why i never tried lime bars instead of lemon bars!

6:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I bet these have a deliciously schweet zing to them! They look great!

6:54 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I just saw some lime bars on tv today that made me crave some, and then I see this. I think some lime bars in my future!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Manggy said...

That looks sinfully delicious! I would use fat-free condensed milk but they don't sell that here :/

11:38 PM  
Blogger grace said...

i have to tell you, i'm not crazy about lime or lemon desserts, but i wouldn't have a problem eating that crust. i'm a sucker for a graham cracker crumb crust. lovely birthday treat, maria. :)

3:45 AM  
Blogger Darius T. Williams said...

Good looking lime bars...for real!

4:55 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

Those look delicious, especially the crust.

5:08 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I think Josh and I will get along just fine. Everything is happy with a graham cracker crust.

I actually have a massive jar of key lime juice that I was going to attempt a pie with but I think I may have to go bar route.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

These look creamy and delicious.

6:54 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

Maria, I just adore citrus fruits and lime bars take this to another level - gosh they look awesome!

Rosie x

8:20 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Yummy! Looks great. My husband might even like this. He's not a big sweets lover. Crazy guy! But he loves lime.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Ari (Baking and Books) said...

Evil Shananigans - what a great site name!

And these bars look delicious. I love the idea of graham cracker crust too.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

Lime bars would be just the ticket for my husband. Delicious!

12:20 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I feel like going to the beach all of the sudden...

1:38 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

OMG! Heaven on Earth. This looks superfantastic. I love Kellys blog, just like I love yours. I HAVE to try this recipe, and that blueberry loaf is still on my list.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Emily Marie said...

what a great recipe!!!!! i wonder if you could sub out the lime for lemon - my mom LOVES lemon bars :)


10:03 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

Oh wow, these look awesome! And happy birthday to your hubby!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Hope he had a great Birthday! And you've been reading my mind again, haven't you?? I've been thinking about some type of lime bar, too. This one looks divine.

7:51 PM  
Blogger LoveFeast Table said...

Only one bite?

7:29 AM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

These are mouth-watering!


8:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wouldn't it be great to celebrate all month long! Your hubby sure is lucky. Those Lemon Bars look so good that I'd love to direct Foodista readers to your post. Just add your choice of widget and you're all set!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Thanks for the sweet welcome back Maria. You were always high on my 'awesome blogger buddy' list :)

The bars look great, and I like how you tried to healthify them. Josh is a lucky dude :)

3:12 PM  
Blogger kellypea said...

These sound sooooo good. My husband loves key lime pie, but I'll take anything with lime in it starting with dessert! Thanks for sharing this recipe! ;)

5:53 PM  
Blogger Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

I've got to try these. I love anything lime. Great photos too.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Looks so light and delicious!

3:40 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

These look so creamy and delicious! I think my hubby will love me a little more if I make these for him!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Past Expiry said...


Speaking of peas....
Past Expiry Cartoon *LINK*

9:24 AM  
Blogger Mermaid Sews said...

Man this looks good.I agree with you on the birthday month concept.

11:08 AM  
Blogger eatme_delicious said...

That creamy filling is making me drool! These lime bars look so good.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You had me at sweetened condensed milk... oh goodness they look so good.

10:39 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

I just put this in the oven :) Josh is VERY excited about his anniversary bars

10:29 AM  

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