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Key Lime Bars Recipe

Key Lime Bars Recipe

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 YIELD:36 servings


  • 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
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Key Lime Bars

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kafaughn 230612
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"Very good!"

dzz1qy 225367
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2015


Deanna Watkins 198146
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

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

Josefinie 119332
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."

NevadaRose 198145
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

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

rtrowland 114546
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."

rustedgold1 182295
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!"

bev002 195626
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"Wonderful, will be making again."

MissMim 196294
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."

MissMim 114545
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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