Creamy Lime Squares

by jenna on March 16, 2012

Did you really think I would send you off into the world tomorrow without a green dessert recipe in your back pocket?

Do people even still really say “in your back pocket” anymore? How about “on your computer screen?” or “on your iphone” or, even better, in your oven?

Truth be told, I was going to wait until tomorrow morning to post this finger-lickin’ puckery sweet creamy lime bar recipe but then I thought to myself there’s gotta be at least one of you out there that will stay home tonight, on a Friday night, and bake. And I’d really like to you bake this if that’s you!

This recipe is adapted from my lemon bar recipe that I posted a few years ago. Wow…did I really just say a few years ago? That’s weird. That recipe was from one of my very favorite cookbooks— My Nepenthe. Next time you’re in the market for a great cookbook, please try this one! It has beautiful photos, recipes and stories from my favorite place on earth, Big Sur. Speaking of Big Sur, I am taking Adam camping there for his birthday next month! Air mattresses, pedicures and wine will be involved.

Anyway, I just loved the lemon bar recipe so much I decided to adapt it for St. Patrick’s Day with lots of limes and a bit of green food coloring.

These squares really have the perfect balance of buttery, flaky shortbread and creamy, puckery lime filling. As much as I love chocolate desserts, I have to say citrus treats like this are always my absolute favorite!

Good thing I have a couple friends coming over later to help me with these bad boys…I can’t be trusted alone with a pan full, that’s for sure. And Dexter’s no help with this one.

So……happy hour idea? These + margaritas with the extra limes! I don’t really know if they would go together AT ALL, but I just had to throw it out there.

Creamy Lime Squares

makes about 12 squares

adapted from my Big Sur Lemon Bars, which were from My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family and Big Sur

Print this recipe!

Ingredients:

for crust—

1 cup flour

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 stick unsalted butter, cold

for creamy lime filling—

2/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 6 limes)

1 1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

4 eggs

2 tsp lime zest

green food coloring (enough to produce desired green color)

powdered sugar for serving

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

To make the crust, combine the confectioners sugar, flour and sea salt in a large bowl. Cut in the cold butter and work with your fingers until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Press into a greased nine inch pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

To make the filling, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour in a bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the zest, lime juice and enough green food coloring to produce desired green color (but not enough to make your filling neon! watch out) and mix until everything is smooth and combined.

Pour filling over hot crust and return to oven to bake for another twenty minutes. When done, the filling will no longer jiggle. Let cool completely in the pan before slicing and dusting with powdered sugar.

Time:

1 hour

 

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Rachel March 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

The color is incredible!

It’d be fun to make a pan of these and a pan of traditional lemon bars, and plate them together for a brunch or something!

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jenna March 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

that would be super fun!

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Jen August 7, 2013 at 6:57 am

Or lemon, lime, and orange bars (substitute orange juice, orange food colouring…)

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles March 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Lime anything is my favorite. Lemon anything also. Citrus anything, actually. Love these. A very divine green! Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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Jenna | The Paleo Project March 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Gahhhh…. you had me at buttery crust. Now, can I make these grain free in any way….. I might be experimenting this weekend ;)

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Coco March 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

What an awesome St. Patty’s Day treat! And enjoy Big Sur — I just love it there, too. :-)

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) March 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Those are perfect for St. Patty’s Day. I think kids would love the crazy bright green color.

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Dana @ My Little Celebration March 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Just lovely! I’ll have to try these out for sure. Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I’m having a lime filled week between lime shrimp yesterday, a lime filled smoothie as I type this and now these! They look delicious!

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jenna March 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm

love limes!! You should probably have a margarita while you’re at it.

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Margarita March 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I love sweet and buttery crusts! I’m a sucker for lemon bars and lemon tarts… this one looks pretty good! Camping at Big Sur sounds fun… that would be a great birthday trip!

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Molly March 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

why not just add tequila directly to the batter. ;)

and i always wonder why bloggers wait til the day before/day of to post holiday recipes. most of us are looking several days before so we can get ingredients the day before and make then or day of. just saying! i know y’all wanna have something festive to post on the holiday, but its less convenient.

love your blog- just wanted to provide my opinion.

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jenna March 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

totally hear you and agree! From now on I’ll try to be more conscious of that…thanks, molly!

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Tash March 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

It’s so green it’s almost glow in the dark. Speaking of, you should totally do a glow in the dark food post. :)

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Wow, those look intensely lime! I’m usually all about chocolate, but those look awesome!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

That sounds like a very happy Happy Hour. The photos of these seriously make my mouth water – I can almost taste the wonderful tartness! TGIF!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes March 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Oh my word, those look DIVINE! The color of those bars is incredible, you can just tell they are BURSTING with flavor! So glad you didn’t wait long to share these, they look fabulous!!

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock March 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

What a fun way to re-imagine lemon bars for good ol’ St. Patty’s Day! Happy weekend Jenna!

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Andrea March 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Your photos are sooooo pretty! I love citrus desserts, too, and this has my mouth watering. I’m inspired :-)

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Serena March 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Those are pretty!

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meghan @ scratch-made wife March 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

The husband loves lime desserts, and I absolutely love the color of these bars! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Katie March 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Those look so amazing! I will definitely be chilling out at home tonight, so I may just have to make these…And I’m sure my boyfriend wouldn’t object. :D

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Julia {The Roasted Root} March 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm

These looked like they’re packed with citrusy lime flavor – just what I want this time of year. And the color makes them perfect for a st. paddy’s treat. Have a great weekend!

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Danielle March 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

these look delicious, but I love lemon more than I love lime… if I wanted lemon bars instead, would it work just substituting the same amounts of lemon juice/zest instead of lime?

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jenna March 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Yes—they are delicious made with lemon as well!

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Meg March 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Mmmm…looks like a limesicle in bar form. I must try this!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie March 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I am usually not super into lemon (or lime) bars but while pregnant I have never wanted anything more. I keep making lemon ‘tarts’ and eating waaaaaay too many.

Don’t let me look at this recipe again. I will make it and eat the entire thing.

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Leanne T March 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

This recipe looks like so much fun, I can’t wait to make them! I am a sucker for citrus :oD Thanks for sharing something fun and out of the box for the holiday.
By the way, your trip to Cabo brought back so many memories for me. It was where we spent our 10 year anniversary! We ate at The Officina, our toes buried in the sand. I can’t believe its still there, as my hubby & I just celebrated our 25th in February!
Thanks for a great blog!

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Tracy @ Commit to Fit March 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I make lemon squares all the time and have never really thought to try it with limes, great idea!

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Laura @ She Eats Well March 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Love the green theme. And love using lime in dessert, I always go to lemon but it’s fun to switch it up and very appropriate given tomorrow’s celebration. Happy St Patties Day!

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Judith March 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Jenna, Just when I thought you couldn’t get any more adorable, you hit me with this. And margaritas on St Paddy’s?? As I always say, why not?
I love all things lemon and have 2 cookbooks specifically on that topic, so this little twist is too good to pass up.
You keep hittin it outa the park, thanks!
BTW, do you get annoyed at all when so many of your readers keep asking about an engagement with Adam? You 2 seem to have a wonderful time together, why not enjoy it,.
OK that’s the end of my “Mom talk”
Happy St P’s!

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Julia March 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I just made these, but without food coloring, so they looked like lemon bars but tasted lime-y. My lime-loving fiancé says they are delicious and I agree.

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jenna March 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Yay! Glad y’all liked them.

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Kay March 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Haha. I thought the title of your post was “Creepy Lime Bars” because they were so overly green.

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Kay March 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm

My bad. Make that “Creepy Lime Squares” :)

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The Blissful Baker March 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

What a great idea for St. Patty’s Day! Love the twist on lemon bars :D

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} March 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Jenna, I just… I can’t… omg. I need these, must bake them A-sap!

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christina March 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm

i can’t get over how green these are! and i love it! lime green is my favorite color ever. i need these in my life!

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Lauren @ Sassy Molassy March 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Oh yum….I can almost taste them.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

My mouth is puckering from here, in the best possible way. These look FABULOUS!

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Ambika March 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Love these bars Jenna! Such a beautiful, brilliant green color!

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sreebindu116 March 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

looks delicious yumm..

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Gorgeous bars! And what a fun spin on the traditional lemon bars.

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polly March 17, 2012 at 4:21 am

oh my goodness, i love lime!!! Did i ever tell you on our first date (at Steak n Shake!!!) i got a lime sherbert shake. yup. Apparently it did the trick… 20 years later still in love with that turkey. (and the flavor of lime!!!) love you, sis!!!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes March 17, 2012 at 4:48 am

how amazing! Haha, I am in love with the colour :D

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Tessa March 17, 2012 at 5:41 am

Hearing you talk about Nepenthe brings back memories of my time in California in 2010 when my uncle (who lives there) took me for an amazing dinner!!! I’m from South Africa so it was such an incredible experience to see the Pacific ocean in all its glory.

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Jen March 17, 2012 at 6:03 am

Hmm…you do know it’s Saturday right? Your post mentioned “staying in on a Friday night to bake these”. But it’s actually Saturday! :)

The first picture alone is enough to make anyone want these – no matter how complicated or not!

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Tammy March 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

She posted the recipe on friday night actually! I’m on East coast and I saw it early in the friday evening hours.

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Jen March 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Oh LOL – oops, didn’t think of that ;) I guess people read at different times. Thanks!

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Monique March 17, 2012 at 6:20 am

These are beautiful!

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Annie @ What's Annie Making? March 17, 2012 at 7:50 am

These look lovely. Do you think it would work to use bottled lime or key lime juice?

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Em (Wine and Butter) March 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

I looooove lemon bars – how have I never thought of this. Great idea and super wonderful photos. Happy St Paddys Day Jenna!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

These look amazing! I love chocolate as much as the next person but sometimes citrus dessert is where it’s at. Plus these are perfect for :
1. St. Patty’s Day and my birthday today!
2. Spring starts this week!
3. Easter will be here before we know it

Guess I better get busy making these! :)

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Kristina March 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

These are FANTASTIC!!!! I added some lime zest to the crust to add that little bit extra lime flavor…wow! Better than lemon bars if you ask me! I also made them extra green for St. Patty’s Day :)

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Megan {Country Cleaver} March 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I just made an epic batch of key lime coconut bars that were based off this recipe. It really is divine!! Love the burst of color and the zing of that lime. Oooo!!!

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Holly March 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Made these for St. Patty’s Day dessert. They were so easy to make! I added a dollop of whipped cream to each bar, and they were a huge hit. Thanks for the great recipe!

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jenna March 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

mmmm you can never go wrong with a dollop of whipped cream ;)

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Jenn March 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Made these tonight and they had an awesomely intense lime flavor! Big hit with the hubby and in-laws :)

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jenna March 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

so glad y’all liked them!

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Phil March 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I made these today. They are delicious! First thing I have ever baked.

My wife was floored!

Great, easy to follow directions.

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jenna March 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

way to go phil! You rock.

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Martina March 18, 2012 at 1:14 am

I love the colour of these bars…It’s wonderful! Ande the bars should be delicious!

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Moni Meals March 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

Good lord! You sure made these look good, I agree that mix of lemon and lime would be a hit at any gathering. :)

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Cookin' Canuck March 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I still say “in your back pocket”. That might make me sound really old, huh? These lime squares look wonderful! I’ve made a similar dessert with a gingersnap crust – heaven.

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Urban Wife March 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

These look delish. I will be trying them with key limes.

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Kate @ NaturaStride March 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm

These look so ridiculously amazing.

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jenny March 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

looks so f’ing good

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Deborah March 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

These have my mouth watering!

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Allison@thecrazyfat March 19, 2012 at 11:09 am

Delish! I may have to make these for Easter Sunday…
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Kristen March 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Quick question…I’m making these for a b- day party that is tomorrow. Should I store them in the fridge? Thanks!

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jenna March 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

yep!

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Jessica March 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

Quick question: When you say place in a 9 in baking pan do you mean 9×13 or 9×9? Thanks so much! Can’t wait to bake!

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jenna March 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

I’m sorry, I mean a square 9 x 9 baking dish—I’ll edit the recipe to say that!

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Emily @ AVerySweetLife April 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Those look amazing! I LOVE the color. I can’t wait to give the recipe a try.

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Maria April 14, 2012 at 6:41 am

Your lemon bar recipe is my go-to one because it’s so flipping delicious so when I saw this lime bar recipe in my reader, I was stoked and saved it for the right moment. Today is the day! And my friend will be consuming them with pineapple margs for a girls night in! Thanks for all your awesome recipes!!

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marla April 18, 2012 at 6:27 am

That green color is spectacular!!! Oh my these bars must taste amazing!

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nicole @ I am a Honey Bee May 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I love how these are so vibrant!

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Becki Sue May 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Made these today. Super tart and limey, exactly how I like my lime deserts. I had something weird happen with my bars. When I finished mixing my filling, I had a foamy layer on the top. This layer remained when I poured the filling over the crust. I thought the foamy bubbles would go away during baking, but I ended up with an ugly layer on the top of my bars. When you bite into them, that foamy layer sticks to your front teeth! I guess next time I’ll be as gentle as possible when mixing in the lime juice and maybe try to skim it off before baking.

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José Carlos May 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

sua receita veio parar aqui no brasil
gostei muito deve ser deliciosa.

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blubyu June 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Can’t wait to make these..yum!

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Annie June 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Yum!

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Debbie July 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

OMG this looks so delicious .. cant wait to give it a go. I absolutely love citrus in desserts and luckily for me – my family doesnt .. so that means more for me! Thanks heaps for this recipe :)

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Eileen July 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

I made these a couple of days ago! The color, the taste, the texture…..wonderful!! We all love it! I used sea salt (as written in the directions) in the crust. The ingredients listing says salt.

I will make these again!

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Tamra August 4, 2012 at 12:05 am

These were wonderful!! I followed the directions exactly… and for some strange reason.. the crust.. came to the top! ? The filling was at the bottom, crust at the top with a thin layer of filling that literally peeled off the crust on top.. any clue where I went wrong? Thanks! Love the blog :)
Tamra

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Cassyb August 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I made these for a bridal shower using key limes (squeezed forever fyi) and they were great. Trying to figure out how to make these cherry lime squares. Any ideas?

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maria January 27, 2013 at 9:04 am

just made these for book club…they turned out great! I live in Mexico where the limes are teeny tiny so I juiced 10 limes and didn´t get a full 2/3 cups (more like 1/2 cup) but they still turned out perfectly! maybe mexican limes are zingier? I also had a foamy layer like another commenter mentioned but it didn´t bother me….and once I sprinkled powdered sugar you couldn´t notice it at all : )

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Carolyn February 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I just made these and they came out pretty good. The filling was REALLY watery before I put them in the oven, but they were fine after I baked them. The crust was too buttery. I will use less butter and lime juice next time.

Thanks for the recipe!

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Marie May 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Delicious! I made these for dinner and my family loved them!

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Alba Barro February 24, 2014 at 5:26 am

Definitely will make these; my mother in law has a lime tree that every year yields an abundance of fruit (limes are quite expensive to buy in Melbourne, Aust) although this year not looking too promising – due to the very dry weather people are saying. Oh and talking of Big Sur, I just adore that drive – have done it twice from SFO to LAX and both times had overnight stays in Monterey and Santa Barbara. Visited Nepenthe but unfortunately couldn’t stay too long :( Might purpose the book! Keep the recipe and enjoyable blogs coming! Cheers

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Robyn March 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

In the filling ingredients, it said 1/4 cup flour. What type of lour was this please? I am really looking forward to trying this out.

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Kathy In CA July 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I’m baking these this week. They look sooooooo good and I love anything lime! It’s nice to find a quick recipe that’s made from scratch. They are perfect for St. Party’s Day and I think for any time during the summer too. Thank you in advance!

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