I don't know what the weather has been like near you, but we have had quite a few days that have been unseasonably warm and spring-like. For a year that has been filled with a lot of uncertainty and depression and a winter that has left everyone sick for weeks or months at a time, this little break to warmer weather surely seemed to improve everyone's moods.
People were out and walking around my neighborhood, grinning as they passed each other. People at red lights sang along to music with their windows down and damn near everyone I talked to seemed to be giddy at the prospect of an early spring.
It's time for #FillTheCookieJar again and the theme for March is green/spring, which I decided to really play into by making these green colored lime bars that are light and delicious and remind me of spring.
#FillTheCookieJar: Lime Bars
For the Crust:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 stick ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup vanilla yogurt
For the Filling:
- 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 eggs
- ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- zest of 1 lime
- 3-4 drops green food coloring
- powdered sugar for dusting
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with an inch of overhang on two ends.
- 2. In the bowl of your mixer, combine flour, butter, powdered sugar and yogurt until crumbly. Press into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
- 3. Bake for 20 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool
- 4. In the bowl of your mixer, beat sweetened condensed milk and eggs until fluffy, then add in the lime juice, flour, baking powder, salt, zest and food coloring.
- 5. Pour over the cooled crust and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set and the crust is a light golden brown.
- 6. Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate 1-2 hours until the filling is fully set. Lift out the bars with the overhang parchment paper and cut into 16 squares. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve.
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Lime is a fruit that I definitely find being underused in recipes. I rarely ever bake with them and if you are like me, these bars might just change your mind. Perfectly sweet and tart with a crumbly crust, these lime bars will have your taste buds singing!