Key Lime Pie Bars

Brownies & Bars · Pies & Tarts · May 2, 2017

Key Lime Pie Bars - One of everyone's favorite desserts in a bar form that have a graham cracker crust and a delicious cream cheese and lime filling!

With summer on its way, I thought it would be the perfect time to share these refreshing key lime pie bars. They’re everything you love about traditional key lime pie, with a delicious twist! Many of my posts here on Lil’ Luna are recipes for cheesecake, this one is no different. What can I say? I’m kind of obsessed! This time I went easy on the cream cheese and only added a little, just enough to thicken the bars a bit and give them a little more creaminess and tang. Oh my goodness, they are absolutely divine. If I could, I would eat these ALL summer long!

They’re super easy to make and only require 10 ingredients. Aside from the chilling, they take about 35 minutes to make, start to finish. Not too bad, right?! These delicious key lime pie bars need to go on your must-make list! They were a huge hit with my family, I know they’ll get rave reviews from yours too!

Key Lime Pie Bars - One of everyone's favorite desserts in a bar form that have a graham cracker crust and a delicious cream cheese and lime filling!

That filling is amazing!

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Key Lime Pie Bars - One of everyone's favorite desserts in a bar form that have a graham cracker crust and a delicious cream cheese and lime filling!Key Lime Pie Bars - One of everyone's favorite desserts in a bar form that have a graham cracker crust and a delicious cream cheese and lime filling!

This dessert really is the perfect treat to enjoy during the warm weather. The flavor of lime infused within the cheesecake/pie filling will hit the spot! We will definitely be bringing this to all of our summer events because we know it will be a hit. Be sure to give the recipe a try and let us know how it goes.

Key Lime Pie Bars:

5.0 from 6 reviews
Key Lime Pie Bars
 
One of everyone's favorite desserts in a bar form! These Key Lime Pie Bars have a graham cracker crust and a delicious cream cheese and lime filling!
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • For the crust:
  • 15 graham cracker sheets (or 30 squares)
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • -
  • For the filling:
  • 6 oz. original cream cheese, room temperature
  • 14 oz. can condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp. lime zest
  • ½ c. key lime juice (or regular lime juice)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a food processor or in a large ziploc bag with a rolling pin, crush the graham crackers until fine crumbs form.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the crumbs, sugar, salt and butter, mix to combine. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the lined pan. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the condensed milk and mix until combined.
  5. Then, add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each addition followed by the lime zest, juice and vanilla extract, mix until combined.
  6. Pour the filling over the hot, baked crust. Return to the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until set. The top should not brown. Remove from the oven and chill in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before serving. I prefer dense, cold bars, so I generally give them the full 4 hours, however, the pictures taken above were shot after 2 hours.
  7. Cut and serve, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Lori Johnson

Do you know if these bars would freeze well? Thank you!!

    Lil' Luna

    I haven’t personally tried, so I don’t want to say yes or no. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t be ok. You can freeze cheesecake & other desserts.

Phoebe

Alright, so I hate those recipe reviewers who don’t follow the recipe (like substituting healthier ingredients) and write bad reviews. But I did do a couple things differently.
First, I don’t actually own a 9×9 pan, so I made this in an 8×8 pan and I didn’t have to adjust the cook time very much to get the same result (the crust cooked for the same amount of time, but I did leave the whole thing in there for 20 minutes after I poured in the filling).
I only had 25 graham cracker squares and I can’t drive (I had already walked two miles just to get the condensed milk), so I figured with the smaller pan it wouldn’t make much difference. But I did have to use 8 tablespoons of butter just to get the crust close to the right consistency, and I would still add a couple more tablespoons next time to get the crust the way I usually like it.
That, however, is my only complaint about the recipe. These Key Lime Pie Bars are delicious and a great snack or an end to any meal.

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks so much Phoebe for letting me know. I’m glad you liked them!

Angela

I made these tonight and they came out fabulous! I tried a different one before and it didnt work out very well.. but this one is perfect, that just right flavor, not to sweet not to tart. Will definitely keep in my recipe book, thank you so much for sharing.. hats off to the baker

    Lil' Luna

    So, glad you liked it!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Suzanne

This recipe is great!

The only thing I changed was the crust because of necessity I ended up using vanilla cookies and honey teddy grahams. Processed about a cup of each. An 8 x 8 pan. Left out the vanilla in the mix because of the vanilla cookies.

Everything else was the same. I knew it was going to be good when it called for that much lime juice and zest. Also enjoyed that it was half cream cheese half condensed milk. Came out tangy and creamy not overly sweet. It was great w a little lime wedge on top.

Thanks for the recipe!

    Lil' Luna

    You are so welcome!! Those changes sound great! Thank you for trying it!

Belen Montijo Vasquez

So easy and so tasty. Have made them 3 times, had to double recipe and they came out great. Especially good on a hot summer day, so refreshing. My family now requests these.

    Lil' Luna

    I love hearing that! Thank you for giving them a try! I am glad your family likes them!

Cece

These came out amazing!! I’ve tried a number of key lime recipes over the years, but they were always too sweet or too tart or had the wrong crust to filling ratio. These were perfect! And so simple to make. I made them for a party and my husband and I ended up eating a few while I was cutting them and then decided to be greedy and save a few in the fridge for us for later. This will definitely be my go to recipe in the future. Thank you!!

    Kristyn Merkley

    Love that you saved some! They are that good! Thank you so much for letting me know!

Debbie

Can anyone tell me if it’s condensed milk OR sweetened condensed milk? With all the comments that it was not too sweet, I’m assuming it’s regular, but I’ve usually used sweetened with a recipe like this.

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