If you’re a fan of all things citrus, you’re going to love these tart little lime squares. Just 5 ingredients give you a bright and cheery dessert that goes great washed down with hot tea or ice cold milk.

I could pretty much commit to only eating desserts that incorporate citrus. I crave that light, refreshing, tongue twisting flavor. These lime bars aren’t overly zingy, but they have just enough pizazz to make them memorable. If you need to cut down, a small dollop of fresh whipped cream always does the trick.

Make a batch for Mom on Mother’s Day or serve them in the winter when you need a cheery pick-me-up. They’re good any time you can find fresh limes at the market.

Lovely lime squares bring just enough zing

Lime Squares

Serves 9-16

Ingredients, Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 12 tbsp cold butter, cut in small chunks

Ingredients, Lime filling

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lime zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. For the crust, add the sugar, flour and butter to a large bowl. Use pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour. Dough will be dry. (Alternatively, run these three ingredients through a food processor.)
  4. Press crust mixture firmly into the pan. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until dough is lightly browned.
  5. For the filling, add the flour, sugar, eggs, lime juice and lime zest in a bowl and whisk well. Let mixture sit for about 15 minutes while crust finishes baking.
  6. When crust is finished, whisk lime mixture briefly again (sugar may have settled). Pour mixture on top of crust. Return to oven for about 20-24 minutes. Keep a close eye on the oven so you can remove before the tops brown.
  7. Tops should be set when you remove from oven. Let cool before serving.

Lovely lime squares bring just enough zing_!

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.