Took this to a party last week, and it went like hotcakes



For the Shortbread Crust:

1½ cups flour

1½ sticks salted butter, room temperature

⅓ cup powdered sugar (extra for garnish)

For the Key Lime Topping:

1¼ cups sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

¼ cup lime juice (or key limes), plus 1 teaspoon zest

¼ cup flour

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat and Prepare: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Create the Crust: Cream together butter and powdered sugar until fluffy. Gradually mix in 1½ cups flour until the mixture is crumbly. Press it evenly into the pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges turn golden.

Make the Key Lime Topping: In a bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs. Add in lime juice and zest. Sift in flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder. Stir in vanilla extract.

Assemble: Pour the key lime mixture over the baked shortbread crust.

Bake Again: Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the topping sets and the edges are golden.

Cool and Set: Let the bars cool in the pan on a wire rack, then refrigerate for about an hour until fully set.

Garnish and Serve: Dust with powdered sugar, slice into squares or rectangles, and serve.

These Key Lime Shortbread Bars are not just a dessert; they're a blissful escape. Perfect for picnics, gatherings, or as a sweet reward at the end of a day. Let the vibrant lime flavor and the crumbly, buttery crust of these bars whisk you away to your own personal tropical oasis. Save this recipe and let these bars bring a touch of magic to your kitchen and your palate.