Chewy Key Lime Bars

Wes is the only person is our household right now that has no desire to eat a low-carb diet.  Truth be told, I’m showing signs on weakness myself.  He was complaining the other day and when I heard, for the thousandth time, “We have nothing to eat in this house”, I decided to do something about it.  I made him creamed potatoes last night for dinner, I bought him chips & Little Debbies, & I made him these Chewy Key Lime Bars.

Wesley loves Key Lime Pies.  In fact, it’s what he wants for his birthday every year.  When I searched for a Key Lime Bar recipe all I could find was a bar that had a graham cracker crust and a filling like a pie…that’s not what I wanted.  I ended up taking my Cranberry Bliss Bar recipe and making a few changes.  The end result is a delicious, chewy bar with great key lime flavor.

 

Chewy Key Lime Bars
 
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Ingredients
  • Bars:
  • 1 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ c. granulated sugar
  • 2 lg. eggs, room temperature
  • ¼ c. key lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. lime zest
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ c. white chocolate chips
  • ¾ c. coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • Frosting:
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp. key lime juice
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
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Instructions
  1. Line a 10 x 15-inch pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and mix just until blended. Add lime juice and lime zest, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture and mix just until blended. (Do not over beat) Stir in chips and macadamia nuts.
  4. Spoon into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until light brown, just around edges. Watch closely and do no overbake. Cool completely.
  5. To make frosting beat cream cheese and butter until blended. Add powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add key lime juice and zest, mix well.
  6. Frost bars and sprinkle top with a chopped macadamia nuts, if desired. Store in airtight container.
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