15 Jul

Key Lime Bars with Animal Cracker Crust

Boy do we love citrus treats during summer time! We have been drinking limeades like it’s nobody’s business and Key Lime Pie is one of our all time favorites! Sweet yet tangy! We have made lemon bars for years but we thought we would try out this easy + great recipe for Key Lime Bars made with an animal cracker crust and you better believe this is was instant favorite! Now it’s a really tough decision if we like lemon or lime bars better! Either way this is a refreshing dessert to take to a dinner party or BBQ this summer and they are pretty cute too!


Adapted from: Cook’s Illustrated


– 5 oz. Animal Crackers (about 2 1/2 cups)
– 3 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
– pinch of salt
– 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted


– 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
– pinch of salt
– 2 Tbsp. lime zest, grated {about 2 limes}
– 1 {14 oz.} can sweetened condensed milk
– 1/2 c. fresh lime juice {about 4 regular limes or 20 key limes}
– 1 large egg yolk



Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, press into corners and up the sides of the baking dish, leaving an overhang to easily remove bars when done. Spray with cooking spray. For the crust: add animal crackers, brown sugar and a pinch of salt to a food processor. Process until you have fine crumbs. Drizzle in melted butter and pulse until crumbs are evenly moistened with butter. Press crumbs evenly and firmly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and fragrant, about 18 minutes.


Meanwhile, for the filling: Stir together softened cream cheese, a pinch of salt and grated lime zest. Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk. Add the lime juice and whisk until smooth and creamy. Last, whisk in the egg yolk. Pour mixture over warm baked crust and spread out evenly. Return to oven and bake until filling is set and barely beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 17-20 minutes.


Let cool on wire rack to room temperature {about 1 1/2 hours.} Cover with foil and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Remove from pan using the foil overhang; cut into squares and serve!

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One Response to Key Lime Bars with Animal Cracker Crust

  1. Melissa says:

    Made these yesterday and they are delicious!! Highly recommend.

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