Lemon-Lime Bars

Lemon and lime join together to create this creamy bar cookie recipe. Take a pan to your next potluck or tailgate party.

Lemon-Lime Bars
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Cool Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour, divided

  • 4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel, divided

  • 6 eggs

  • 2 ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel

  • 2 tablespoon sifted powdered sugar

Candied Citrus Slices

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 2 lemons, or 10 key limes, thinly sliced


  1. Prepare Candied Citrus Slices or Strips, (see recipe), if desired. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with heavy foil; set aside.

  2. For crust, in large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Beat in 2 cups of the flour until crumbly. Stir in 2 teaspoons of the lemon peel. Evenly press on bottom of prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, for filling, in medium bowl combine eggs, granulated sugar, remaining 1/2 cup flour, lemon juice, baking powder, and nutmeg. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Stir in remaining lemon peel and the lime peel. Pour over hot crust. Bake 20 minutes more or until edges are browned and center appears set. Remove to rack; cool 1 hour. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours.

  4. To serve, sprinkle evenly with powdered sugar. Lift from pan using foil; cut into bars. Add Candied Citrus Slices or Strips, if desired. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days. Makes 16 to 20 bars.

Candied Citrus Slices

  1. In large skillet combine water and sugar; bring to boiling. Add lemons or key limes, thinly sliced. Simmer gently, uncovered, for 1 to 2 minutes or until just softened. Transfer to rack; cool.

Candied Citrus Strips:

Cut strips of peel from 2 lemons or 2 limes. With spoon scrape away white pith. Cut into thin strips and cook in sugar mixture as above.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

307 Calories
10g Fat
52g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 307
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 4.1mg 21%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 1.4mg 8%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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