Summer is finally so close, I feel like I can taste it. And to me, it tastes like lemons. And limes. With lots of sugar. In the form of bars.
Since I was little, I have been a fan of lemon bars. Like a big fan. Like I’ve made them since I was probably 5. Or 8 or 10. It’s all the same, isn’t it? This year, I decided that they needed a little makeover. It’s not that I don’t like the originals, it’s just that I’m bored with the same recipe I always make. And I’ve always wondered what they would taste like with lime. Well my friends, I found out. Lemon Lime Bars are awesome. They are summer in a bar. I actually took one outside and ate it with a glass of wine by my new fire pit. Because that is how classy I am.
I have always used the Barefoot Contessa’s Lemon Bar recipe. All of her recipes are amazing, but this one is especially great. I made a few tweaks to it and halved it to get a smaller yield. The recipe stood up to my tweaking and is still just as good as I remembered. I made the bars yesterday, and only have one left… oops?
Lemon Lime Bars
- 1/2 c butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 c sugar
- 1 c flour
- dash of salt
- 3 extra large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 c sugar
- 1/4 c lime juice (about 2.5-3 limes)
- 1/4 c lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
- 1 tbsp lime zest
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1/2 c flour
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream the butter and 1/4 c sugar at medium speed until light in color.
- Mix the salt & 1 c flour together in a small bowl.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar until well combined.
- Dump the mixture in to a 9x9 baking pan and press in to the bottom of the pan. Make sure it is evenly spread and bring the crumb mixture 1/2 inch up around the sides.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until it is just starting to brown.
- Let the crust cool.
- For the filling, whisk together the eggs, 1 1/2 c sugar, lime juice, lime zest, lemon juice, lemon zest and flour.
- Pour in to the cooled crust and bake for 30-35 minutes until the filling has set (you will know it's set when the center isn't still liquid and doesn't move when you take it out of the oven).
- Allow the lemon bars to cool completely before cutting them and dusting them with powdered sugar