To make these lime bars, start with our recipe for Mixed Citrus Bars. Simply substitute lime zest for lemon zest and lime juice for lemon juice. Stir in a small amount of mint green food coloring to give it a pretty lime green hue. We love the way these lime bars look when paired on a white tray with our Grapefruit Bars and Orange Bars. Together, the bars make for a bright presentation that's the perfect sweet treat to pair with lunch, afternoon tea, or even as a no-fuss after-dinner dessert. Bars are a great bake and take treat for picnics, bake sales, and road trips. They tend to be easier than most cookie recipes since they don't require dropping dollops of dough on the baking sheet. All you do is spread the batter or crust in the bottom of a pan. In the case of these lime bars, you'll first prebake the crust before adding the lime filling and baking once more until the filling is set. When the pan has cooled, remove from the pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into 2 dozen bars. Garnish with a light dusting of powdered sugar if you like. You can even add a bit of lime zest for an extra hit of citrus flavor and color. 


Credit: Hector Manuel Sanchez

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15 mins
1 hr 25 mins
Makes about 2 dozen


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  • Prepare recipe as directed, substituting lime zest for lemon zest and fresh lime juice for lemon juice. Using a small wooden pick, stir a small amount of mint green food coloring gel into filling mixture before pouring into crust in Step 4. Proceed with recipe as directed.