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Key Lime Bars

 Key Lime Bars
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
36 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min. + chilling

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

Directions

  • In a food processor, combine the flour, wafers, confectioners' sugar
  • and pecans; cover and process until nuts are fine. Add butter; cover
  • and pulse until crumbly.
  • Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350°
  • for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, milk and vanilla until

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Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled. Cut into bars. Just before
  • serving, sprinkle with additional confectioners' sugar. Yield: 3
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 153 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 63 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.