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Lemon-Lime Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


4 dozen

This easy lime bar recipe is a dessert that will wow your guests. I baked these bars for a luncheon on a hot summer day. A gentleman made his way to the kitchen to compliment the cook who made them. —Holly Wilkins, Lake Elmore, Vermont


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in lime zest. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Press into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake just until edges are lightly browned, 13-15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in another large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Combine flour and baking powder. Gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in lemon juice and zest; beat until frothy. Pour over hot crust.
  4. Bake until light golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • When zesting lime, remember this tip: The outermost part of a citrus fruit has the most desirable flavor. Be careful not to grate too far down into the peel. The lighter-colored inner part of the peel, the pith, tastes bitter.
  • To soften butter super-quick, partially unwrap the butter (use the wrapped half as a handle to keep your hand clean) and shred it using the largest holes of your box grater. The butter will reduce to a fluffy heap and soften faster. Shredded butter is ready to use in your recipe right away.
  • Hungry for more? These citrus bars have just enough zest.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 bar: 88 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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    • jeanschwalm
      Dec 2, 2020

      These bars are AWESOME! I didn't have any limes so I used all fresh lemons. It is excellent! The crust is soft and buttery and scrumptious. I love that it makes a whole cake pan size. You could almost double the filling, as someone else also suggested. It is great just as is though. My husband and I both loved it. I know I'll be making it again and again. YUMMY!

    • BlueSkies
      Aug 30, 2020

      I doubled the filling and it was absolutely delicious. I couldn't taste the lime taste, so next time I will substitute the lemon juice with lime juice. Next time, I might try doubling the crust also.

    • s_pants
      Aug 11, 2020

      Not very much lime tasting, but delicious nevertheless.

    • Cady
      Jul 19, 2020

      I liked the recipe- it felt surprisingly easy. For me, there wasn't enough crust. If I make this again, I should either make more crust or bake in a smaller pan.

    • krysfielder
      May 27, 2020

      I love these, but I do think they would be even better with more filling. I will try doubling it next time, but there will DEFINITELY be a next time because they are SUPER yummy!

    • eaposey
      Mar 24, 2018

      No comment left

    • laecci
      Sep 24, 2014

      I followed the recipe and concluded - either half the crust or double the filling. Had a nice flavour.

    • lorstout
      Nov 4, 2013

      This recipe was okay. I used half lemon, half lime juice and doubled the filling the second time I made them. I agree with others that it needs more filling in proportion to the crust.

    • saralyn_06
      Sep 6, 2013

      No comment left

    • kellyAW
      Apr 11, 2013

      This is now one of my favorite recipes. Will defenitly make it again, and again,