Recipe for Lime Bars

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I’ve always loved celebrating birthdays. Of course I love my own special day, but I enjoy celebrating anyone and everyone’s birthday. I think birthday celebrations should last for the entire month too. Josh’s birthday was last weekend, we already had the party, cake, presents, etc. but I am not done yet!

I made Josh another birthday treat. This time it was all about lime, his favorite! I found a great recipe for Lime Bars on Evil Shenanigans. I knew the bars would be a hit with the hubs and I was correct.

I loved the graham cracker crust with lime zest. It gave the bars an added zing:) The lime filling was very creamy and very tart. I used fat free sweetened condensed milk and the filling was plenty rich and plenty sweet. This is not a healthy dessert, it’s still loaded with sugar and butter in the crust, but why not use fat free if the results are amazing?

Joshua really enjoyed his special birthday bars. I know he will be asking for these again!

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Lime Bars

4.73 from 11 votes


  • For the crust:
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • zest of one lime
  • For the filling:
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1-14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lime juice


  • Heat the oven to 350F, then grease an 8″ square pan. I used my Pyrex glass dish.
  • Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and zest. Press into the prepared pan, pressing the crust mixture one inch up the side of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  • Once the crust is cooled combine the egg yolks and condensed milk until well mixed. Stir in the lime juice and combine. It will begin to thicken slightly.
  • Pour the filling into the crust, making sure the filling reaches the edges. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just set.
  • Cool to room temperature, then chill for at least one hour, overnight is better. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Oh my gosh they look awesome! I am totally making these for my Josh for our anniversary! You’re such a good wife 😉

  2. Oh, my husband would totally flip for something like this. Looks creamy and delicious, lucky Josh!

  3. Yum, those look delicious! I agree with you – birthday celebrations should last the entire month!

  4. I LOVE these! A friend made something similar for me last year & I've yet to make them. You made them very cute w/ that lime wedgie there 🙂

  5. Lime bars just scream summer to me for some reason. I bet these would be a great addition to a dessert tray for a pool or porch party. Adding them to my “to make” collection.

  6. WOW that middle is one sweet tart one!! It’s making my mouth pucker just thinking about it!

  7. I just want to say I LOVE your blog! I found it through Erica @ itzy's kitchen (love her blog too)& am hooked : )

    These look delish!!!!!! I can't wait to make that lemon blueberry cake too!

  8. These are perfect, Maria! I am making them tonight so we can have them for dessert tomorrow! Hubs is a huge lime fan, and I have limes that need to be used up quickly.

  9. My mom used to make something very similar to this, except she used lemon. Thanks for the food memory!

  10. Gosh, luck lucky Josh! I love the look of this tart Maria…absolutely YUM!

  11. I agree…I want a birthday month! 🙂

    My jaw was tingling the whole time I was reading this post. Mmmmm, I want one!

  12. i bet he does!!! it does look so inviting and really yum… belated birthday greetings to josh… 🙂

  13. Those sound simple and tasty. Did you see the key lime bars they did on Studio 5 today? You ought to check it out. It had coconut in the crust.

  14. Oh dang, those look soooo good that I want one right now! Love the idea of using zest in the crust, I’ll have to try that.

  15. Such a sweet wife! And I’m also glad that you called them lime bars. So many people call desserts like this “key lime” when there is no key lime in site. As a Floridian that is just one of my weird baking peeves. 🙂

  16. that crust sounds soooo good. i love lime so this is definitely going on the list. happy to see you back to regular blogging, too 😀

  17. I’ve had these bookmarked for a while and I’ve been craving some sort of lemon/lime bar for a while. I made lemon tarts the other day, but I gave them all away. I’d make these but I don’t have graham crackers either 🙁

    Oh, these look delicious, btw!

  18. you know, i love lime so much more than lemon – don’t know why i never tried lime bars instead of lemon bars!

  19. I just saw some lime bars on tv today that made me crave some, and then I see this. I think some lime bars in my future!

  20. That looks sinfully delicious! I would use fat-free condensed milk but they don’t sell that here :/

  21. i have to tell you, i’m not crazy about lime or lemon desserts, but i wouldn’t have a problem eating that crust. i’m a sucker for a graham cracker crumb crust. lovely birthday treat, maria. 🙂

  22. I think Josh and I will get along just fine. Everything is happy with a graham cracker crust.

    I actually have a massive jar of key lime juice that I was going to attempt a pie with but I think I may have to go bar route.

  23. Maria, I just adore citrus fruits and lime bars take this to another level – gosh they look awesome!

    Rosie x

  24. Yummy! Looks great. My husband might even like this. He’s not a big sweets lover. Crazy guy! But he loves lime.

  25. Evil Shananigans – what a great site name!

    And these bars look delicious. I love the idea of graham cracker crust too.

  26. OMG! Heaven on Earth. This looks superfantastic. I love Kellys blog, just like I love yours. I HAVE to try this recipe, and that blueberry loaf is still on my list.

  27. what a great recipe!!!!! i wonder if you could sub out the lime for lemon – my mom LOVES lemon bars 🙂


  28. Hope he had a great Birthday! And you’ve been reading my mind again, haven’t you?? I’ve been thinking about some type of lime bar, too. This one looks divine.

  29. Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate all month long! Your hubby sure is lucky. Those Lemon Bars look so good that I’d love to direct Foodista readers to your post. Just add your choice of widget and you’re all set!

  30. Thanks for the sweet welcome back Maria. You were always high on my ‘awesome blogger buddy’ list 🙂

    The bars look great, and I like how you tried to healthify them. Josh is a lucky dude 🙂

  31. These sound sooooo good. My husband loves key lime pie, but I’ll take anything with lime in it starting with dessert! Thanks for sharing this recipe! 😉

  32. These look so creamy and delicious! I think my hubby will love me a little more if I make these for him!

  33. 5 stars
    These lime bars are the new reason I will never hit my goal weight, but they are so good that I might be ok with it. I have made them 3 times in the past 2 months. First for my husband and I and twice to take to friends’ dinners (always a good excuse to make them!). They never disappoint and aside from the time spent juicing the limes, they are quick and easy.

  34. 5 stars
    I have made these several times and they are a huge hit. They are so easy to prepare and worth every single calorie!! Thank you for a great recipe!