Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars

Key lime cookie recipe; If you like fresh citrus flavor, you’ll love this key lime sugar cookie recipe.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesSomeday I’m going to come up with a fantastic Key Lime Pie recipe.

Someday.

In the meantime, I really want that sweet lime flavor in some kind of dessert.

I have a couple sugar cookie recipes that I make regularly.  THIS ONE is the perfect one for rolling and cutting out shapes, but if you’re too impatient to wait for dough to chill, or you are freaked out by shortening, or you just want to make a drop cookie, THIS RECIPE is the one.

It uses a lot of butter, I’ll give you that.  But they mix up so delicious and creamy, you’ll forgive them for it.

Plus, this recipe is great for making in one big pan, and cutting into bars.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I used some lime juice to give these cookies their flavor, and punched them up with more lime juice in the frosting.

The real mystery is why no one in my home seems to be able to identify that flavor.  A few people tried them, and guessed the wrong flavor before I told them they were lime.  I kind of assumed the green frosting would be a big giveaway.

But you know what they say about assuming.

Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesKey Lime Sugar Cookie Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

You can substitute any citrus juice you like.  I’ve had fantastic luck with both lemon and orange juices, and don’t be surprised if you see a grapefruit or tangerine version on here someday.

Citrusy desserts are just yummy; they have a fresh, clean flavor.  I guess that’s why I wanted to make these in January.  It kind of reminds me of the fresh start you get each new year.  And, much like fresh starts, key lime cookies were also much needed in my life today!

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Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars
 
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A lime flavored sugar cookie bar topped with lime frosting.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 24
Ingredients
FOR CAKE:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup lime juice (if using key lime juice, reduce to 2-3 T.)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
FOR FROSTING:
  • 12 T. butter
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • about 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 drop green food coloring
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and lime juice and mix well.
  2. Add soda, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix just until combined.
  4. Press dough evenly into a jelly roll pan and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned on top.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. For Frosting: Combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth and creamy. (If needed, consistency can be adjusted by adding more juice to thin, or more powdered sugar to thicken)
  7. Spread frosting on cooled bars, cut into squares.

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5 thoughts on “Key Lime Sugar Cookie Bars

  1. Janice

    What a hit these bars made for district meeting with the LDS missionaries! One 20-year-old young man asked me for the recipe! Next time I make them, I will use a large cookie sheet (13×18) instead of a jelly roll pan. I’ll also check them at 15 minutes since the edges were extra brown and the cookie on the overcooked side. But — they were devoured and raved about! Thanks for the recipe!

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