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I love key lime pie, but some people are reluctant to take a whole slice of pie. These bars give just the right taste of key lime and freeze well, so I can keep a stash for when I need a tart treat. —Kristine Staton, Broomfield, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 30 vanilla wafers, broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • KEY LIME LAYER:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

153 calories: 1 bar, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein .

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a food processor, combine flour, wafers, confectioners' sugar and pecans; cover and process until nuts are fine. Add butter; cover and pulse until crumbly.
  2. Press into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, milk and vanilla until blended; spread over crust to edges of pan. In another small bowl, combine sugar and flour; whisk in eggs and lime juice. Gently pour over cream cheese layer.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled. Cut into bars. Just before serving, sprinkle with additional confectioners' sugar. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Key Lime Bars in Taste of Home February/March 2012, p69


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kafaughn
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"Very good!"

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dzz1qy
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2015

"Delicious"

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Deanna Watkins
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"I made this for church dinner. It was a hit with those who like tart favors."

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Josefinie
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"I love this recipe and have made it over and over. I process the pecans in my small processor seprately and my waffers in my large processer, then blend everything together and then add the butter cut in small bits. I press it down very hard using a spatula into the pan. Makes the house smell delightful while cooking. I use store-bought key lime juice in a bottle. Thank you Kristine."

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NevadaRose
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"This was good, but very tart. Would not use key limes - too much work. May try again with regular limes."

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rtrowland
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"Simple to make. Taste delicious. Everybody loves them. Great plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I like the crust much better than graham cracker crust. I substitute it in all my recipes that call for a graham cracker crust."

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rustedgold1
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"We all loved these bars and this was without even putting the confectioners sugar on top! I couldn't find key lime juice at the store so I just used lime juice. The crust was a bit too thick but it tastes so great that we didn't mind at all!"

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bev002
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"Wonderful, will be making again."

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MissMim
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"Absolutely wonderful! I did use a different crust recipe but only b/c I didn't have vanilla wafers on hand. None of us could quit eating these refreshing bars."

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MissMim
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"SO WONDERFUL!! Made this receipe spur of the moment & none of us could quit eating. Definitely added to my keepers list."

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