January 27th, 2012

Key Lime Bars


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Key Lime Bars in January you might ask.  I know this may seem like something that would be more of a summertime treat, but that’s just it.  Why can’t we eat key lime when ever we want.  Well, I am here to tell you that I do.  These bars are a perfect pick me up on a cold dreary day.  And to be honest this picture doesn’t even do them justice.  But I wanted to share them because my family just can’t get enough!!

They are super simple.  {The hardest part is just waiting for them to cool to move on to the next step or before devouring them!}  A big plus for me is the layering.  Each layer has its own personality.  I love the sweet and creamy layer of cream cheese in between a crunchy, slightly sweet crust and a tart smooth key lime filling.

And you know anything that can easily feed a crowd is always good too.  These can be cut into whatever size you want.  Cutting them small would allow for a whole big plate to go around.  Or it is nice to cut a big square and eat it yourself. 😉

Key Lime Bars

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
30 Nilla Wafers, broken into pieces
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed

Cream Cheese Layer:

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbls. milk
1 tsp vanilla

Key Lime Layer:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1/2 cup key lime juice
Additional powdered sugar

Directions:

In a food processor (or blender), combine the flour, cookies, powdered sugar and pecans; cover and process until nuts are fine.  Add butter; cover and pulse until crumbly.

Press into an ungreased 9×13 baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on a wire rack.  {Make sure the crust is completely cool before moving on…trust me. ;)}

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, milk and vanilla until blended; spread over crust out to the edges of the pan.

In another small bowl, combine sugar and flour; whisk in eggs and lime juice.  Gently pour over cream cheese layer and spread.

Bake for 20-25 minutes (still at 350) or until filling is set.  Cool on a wire rack.  Refridgerate for 1 hour or until chilled.  Cut into bars.  Before serving, sprinkle with additional powdered sugar.

The winner of our Cinemark Movie Pass Giveaway is….Trudy Z who said, “I don’t know if I have a favorite but I still laugh my guts out at What About Bob? and the Proposal” !!!  (Trudy-be sure to watch for an email from us.)  Hope this sweetens up your Valentines Day!  Thanks to all who entered.

 

 

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