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Photo: Alan Richardson; Styling: Betty Alfenito Photo by: Photo: Alan Richardson; Styling: Betty Alfenito

Key Lime Bars

In this tropical version of classic lemon squares, fresh key lime juice is used in place of lemon juice.

Coastal Living DECEMBER 2010

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Bake: 45 Minutes
  • Cool: 1 Hour

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Key lime juice
  • Powdered sugar
  • Garnish: lime zest

Preparation

1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Beat just until a smooth dough is formed. Press into a lightly greased, foil-lined 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, remaining 1/3 cup flour, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; pour over baked crust. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set. Let cool completely in pan; chill, if desired. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and cut into bars. Garnish, if desired.

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