With summer on its way, I thought it would be the perfect time to share these refreshing key lime pie bars. They’re everything you love about traditional key lime pie, with a delicious twist! Many of my posts here on Lil’ Luna are recipes for cheesecake, this one is no different.
What can I say? I’m kind of obsessed! This time I went easy on the cream cheese and only added a little, just enough to thicken the bars a bit and give them a little more creaminess and tang. Oh my goodness, they are absolutely divine. If I could, I would eat these ALL summer long!
KEY LIME PIE BARS RECIPE
One of everyone's favorite desserts in a bar form! These Key Lime Pie Bars have a graham cracker crust and a delicious cream cheese and lime filling!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 307 kcal
15 sheets graham crackers (or 30 squares)
2 tbsp granulated sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter melted
6 oz cream cheese room temperature
14 oz condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1 tbsp lime zest
1/2 cup key lime juice or regular lime juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, set aside.
In a food processor or in a large ziploc bag with a rolling pin, crush the graham crackers until fine crumbs form.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the crumbs, sugar, salt and butter, mix to combine. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the lined pan. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the condensed milk and mix until combined.
Then, add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each addition followed by the lime zest, juice and vanilla extract, mix until combined.
Pour the filling over the hot, baked crust. Return to the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until set. The top should not brown. Remove from the oven and chill in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before serving. I prefer dense, cold bars, so I generally give them the full 4 hours, however, the pictures taken above were shot after 2 hours.
Cut and serve, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.