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Key Lime Pie Bars

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Deliciously sweet-tart, sky-high pie bars made with a graham cracker crust, Key lime filling and sweetened whipped cream topping.


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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 full crackers, finely crushed)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 1 3/4 cups sweetened condensed milk (about 1 1/2 cans, or 21 ounces)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup Key lime juice*
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime zest

For the topping:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Lime zest, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 300°F. Line an 8x8x2-inch square baking pan with foil.
  2. In a small bowl, stir graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and butter until a sandy mixture forms. Press gently and evenly into bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and set. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lime juice and 1 tablespoon lime zest until well combined. Pour carefully and evenly on top of cooled crust.
  4. Bake filling at 300°F for 30 to 40 minutes or until filling is still slightly jiggly but center is just set. Transfer pan to cooling rack to cool completely, about 2 hours.
  5. Once fully cooled, make the topping: In a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer, beat heavy cream, sugar and vanilla on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream evenly over cooled bars. Sprinkle with lime zest for garnish, if desired. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before slicing and serving. Use foil to help you remove the bars from the baking pan before slicing.
  6. Bars will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 3 days.

Notes

  • *If you can’t find Key lime juice (my go-to brand is Nellie & Joe’s, found in the juice aisle of my grocery store near the bottled lemon juice), you can use regular lime juice instead! It will taste just as good. Be sure to use fresh lime juice instead of bottled lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Use any leftover sweetened condensed milk to make Vietnamese Iced Coffee!

Keywords: graham cracker crust, Key lime pie filling, homemade whipped cream