Old-Fashioned Bake Sale ~ Key Lime Bars

Friday, July 22, 2011
Isn't citrus so cooling and refreshing? -- especially lime. Seems I only make these wonderful bars in the summer months. They always make a splash and are perfect for toting to a picnic or cookout.

Key Lime Bars
(Printable Version)

2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder, divided
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
5 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (use Key Limes if you can get them)
powdered sugar or coconut for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13x9x2 inch baking dish. In a medium bown, combine 2 cups flour, confectioners' sugar and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, sugar, juice, 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. Pour over hot crust. Bake 22-25 mintues or until lightly browned. If desired, spinkle top with powdered sugar or coconut. Makes about 2 dozen bars.