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Lime Bars. 5 Ingredients, Super Easy!

Super Easy Lime Bars. Using only 5 simple ingredients and a very quick preparation time, these refreshing lime bars are based on easiest and best lemon bar recipe I’ve ever tried in almost 40 years of baking.

Super Easy Lime Bars with lime wedge on a green and white plate

Super Easy Lime Bars. Using only 5 simple ingredients!

I make the lemon version of these lime bars all the time but with some leftover limes in the fridge needing to be used, this recipe was  the easiest and quickest way to turn them into something delicious.

I was so happy to find the lemon version of this cookie bar because with only 5 simple ingredients and a quick preparation time, it quickly became a household standard.

photo of limes on a white background with one cut to reveal the interior.


In our part of the world, it is so much less expensive to buy lemons or limes by the bag than by buying them individually.

We often pick up a 3 or 4 pound bag. If we are slow to use them in drinks or in simple salad dressings, they most often will now be turned into these yummy cookie bars.

(If you like this recipe you may also want to check out our Frozen Key Lime Pie.)

Frozen Key Lime Pie

Frozen Key Lime Pie

These Lime Bars are great for the freezer too, so we often have them on hand to pull out at the last minute if someone drops by for coffee.

If you only have lemons on hand don’t hesitate to try these as Lemon Bars… It’s one of our most popular cookie bar recipes of the last 10 years.

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Super Easy Lime Bars with lime wedge on a green and white plate
Yield: 36 cookie bars

Super Easy Lime Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Super Easy Lime Bars. Using only 5 simple ingredients and a very quick preparation time, these refreshing lime bars are based on easiest and best lemon bar recipe I've ever tried in almost 40 years of baking.


For the pastry base

  • 1 cup cold butter, cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour

For the lime layer

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • zest of two limes, very finely chopped
  • juice of 4 to 5 small limes, around 2/3 to 3/4 cup juice


To make the pastry base

  1. Using a pastry cutter or in a food processor blend together the butter sugar and flour.
  2. Press evenly into the bottom of a greased and parchment paper lined 9×13 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees F ( 325 degrees F if you are using glass bake-ware)

For the lime topping

  1. Simply whisk together the sugar flour, eggs, zest and lime juice until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow the topping to sit for about 10 minutes before whisking together well again and pouring over the baked shortbread base.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for about another 20- 25 minutes or until the top is slightly browned and the custard appears to be set. The bottom should just be beginning to brown slightly at the top edges. Cool completely. Sprinkle with icing sugar when cool or try adding a meringue topping.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

36 cookie bars

Amount Per Serving Calories 124Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 34mgSodium 55mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Susan volney

Sunday 28th of November 2021

They smell absolutely delicious when baking. Making two batches one to eat now and one for freezing. I will let you no how they turned out


Sunday 2nd of February 2020

Could I use butter flavored Crisco instead of butter? My son has dairy allergy.

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 10th of February 2020

Never tried that. Worth a try.


Monday 22nd of July 2019

Thanks for the recipe. Easy and tasty.

Annette Allen

Sunday 7th of April 2019

Hi Barry, What an amazing recipe! Thank you so much for these real easy to make and delicious lime bars. I have a lime tree almost loaded to the ground with limes. So I went on the internet in search of recipes and found yours. I've made the lime bars twice now. The first time I found 3/4 cup of lime juice was too strong (although my husband liked it) and the second time I used 2/3 of a cup and it was perfect. Thanks!!! Annette


Saturday 23rd of March 2019

Delicious! Just wondering what the best way is to freeze & defrost these? I’m assuming just bring them to room temp? How long do they take to defrost? Thanks for a great recipe :)

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 25th of March 2019

An hour or two should do it. I often freeze a whole batch and add the powdered sugar when they thaw, then cut them.

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