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Lime Cooler Bars Recipe
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Lime Cooler Bars Recipe

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From Ottawa, Kansas, Dorothy Anderson shares a family favorite that's guaranteed to get thumbs-up approval from your gang, too. Lime juice puts a tangy twist on these tantalizing bars, offering a burst of citrus flavor in every mouthwatering bite.—Dorothy Anderson, Ottawa, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 123 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 51 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour and confectioners' sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pat into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, lime juice and peel until frothy. Combine the baking powder and remaining flour; whisk into egg mixture. Pour over hot crust.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Lime Cooler Bars in Quick Cooking July/August 2002, p37

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Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"My family loves these bars. I made them again last night for a birthday party. I did a couple of changes to enhance the fresh citrus flavor, by adding a juice of one lemon in addition to the lime juice and finely chopped the zest of 3 limes and 1 lemon. Received rave reviews stating they were the best citrus bars ever made. Maybe this will help those that find the bars lacking in fresh flavor, although I think the original recipe is very good!"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"I was disappointed there was not more lime flavor to these. I even used fresh lime juice."

Reviewed May. 24, 2009

"I've made these time and again to raves from family and friends."

Reviewed May. 14, 2009

"Definetly would add more lime to the mix. I don't know if i would make them again"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

"i also add 1/2 cup line juce all liked then at the hosp volunteer tea

thanks janet s winona,mn."

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