No, Leprechaun Lime Bars are not really just for leprechauns - but I tell the little ones that so that they don't eat all of these at one sitting. I think I could just sit and gaze at these beautiful green key-lime bars all day long...but they are just too dang good to resist!
Always a favorite for St. Patrick's Day at our house, but you can call them "Lime Bars" and serve them any old time of year. You will quickly be known as the queen of lime bars, as these are truly out-of-this-world wonderful, and you may get tired of making them, because EVERYONE will be begging you to make more!
Perfectly sweet and perfectly tart, perfectly creamy and silky - all at the same time. And on top of the most delicious buttery-brown sugar shortbread crust? These Leprechaun Lime Bars are truly magnificent!
I get asked all the time if you can use Key Limes - and of course you can. Just remember that Key Limes tend to be a little more tart than a regular lime, so you may need to adjust your sugar. And Key Limes are killer small, which means that you'll been squeezing about 200 of them for these bars. And yes, you can use bottled key lime juice. I prefer fresh-squeezed, but that's just me!
When you bake these, the top will get a dark golden color. DON'T PANIC! You need to bake these until the filling is set and golden on top. Once you remove them from the oven and they cool, the filling will continue to thicken. And you're going to sprinkle the top of the delicius bars with powdered sugar, so it's all good.
Whatever you do, just make these. Everyone will love you, whether it's St. Patrick's Day or not!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter (partially soft and cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
2 cups granulated sugar
6 Tablespoons flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 Tablespoons fresh lime zest
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
4 large eggs (room temperature)
2 large egg yolks (room temperature)
3 tablespoons heavy cream
Green gel food coloring (optional)
HOW I MAKE THESE:
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