Crunchy Chilled Key Lime Bars

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Based on the classic key lime pie, these bars are a perfect summer treat. Best served cold, these bars are sure to become a family favorite.

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Time needed

30 min preparation + 10 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 1/2 tablespoons finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted melted butter
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
  • 2/3 cup fresh key lime juice
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 key limes, thinly sliced into half moons

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Directions

Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl. Press onto bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish. Bake for about 10 minutes, until dry and golden brown. Let cool completely on wire rack.

Filling:
Mix egg yolks and lime zest in an electric mixer on high until very thick, about 5 minutes, then reduce speed to medium. Add condensed milk in a steady steam, mixing constantly. Mix on high for about 3 minutes, until thick. Reduce speed to low, add lime juice, and mix until combined.

Spread filling over crust with spatula . Bake for 5 minutes, rotate dish until filling is set, and bake for 5 minutes more. Let cool completely on wire rack, and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Cut into 2x2 inch bars. Mix cream on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Top bars with whipped cream and a slice of lime.

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