Flavor of the Month. . . .Move over Lemon Squares

....There's a New Bar in Town!

Flavor-of-the-Month: Lemon-Lime Edition

If you love lemon squares, you'll flip over these Key Lime Bars! Tangy and sweet with a coconut crust....I could honestly eat the entire 9 x 13" pan in just one sitting.

The recipe comes from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion.

Key Lime Bars
(tweaked from the King Arthur Cookie Companion)

2/3 c brown sugar
1 & 3/4 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
3 c sweetened coconut
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/2 c unsalted butter (1 stick)
cream cheese (8 ounces)
1 & 3/4 c sugar
pinch coarse salt
3 TBSP all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1/2 c fresh squeezed key lime juice

Preheat oven to 300. Toast the coconut on a parchment lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes. Set aside.

Raise oven temp to 350. Lightly grease a 9 x 13" pan.

Combine the brown sugar through unsalted butter. Mix until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside 1 cup of the mixture; press remaining crust into the prepared pan. Bake 16-18 minutes; until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

Beat the cream cheese until soft. Add the sugar and salt and mix until well blended. Stir in the flour and then beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, beating well after each addition. Stir in the lime juice (room temperature makes for easy squeezing) and a drop of green food coloring (optional); mix until smooth. Pour onto crust.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with the 1 cup reserved crumbs. Bake 10 minutes more until set on the sides and still slightly wobbly in the center. Remove from oven and let cool 1 hour. Move to refrigerator and chill.

Cut using a handy-dandy bench scraper, pressing straight down to cut all the way through the crust.

Flavor of the Month theme for September
....a tribute to John Hughes. I was a teenager in the 80's. No one captured that era better that John Hughes. I think I watched 16 Candles at least 50 times during high school. Did you hear that John Hughes died in August? I think we need to honor his genius with a baking tribute.

Here are just some of the movies he wrote...
  • 16 Candles {oh, Jake Ryan!}
  • Pretty in Pink {James Spader, evil, but gorgeous!}
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Mr. Mom {LOVE Michael Keaton watching Young & the Restless}
  • Vacation
  • Weird Science
  • and more! Go here for more inspiration...
I'm thinking Pretty in Pink Cupcakes, or my sister's suggestion...a Breakfast Club Sandwich. :) If you haven't seen any of these movies, click on over to your Netflix and add them to your list!

Alright...I can't wait to see your lemon-lime creations! Link away! And thanks for participating! (Linky will close early on September 1st to avoid spammers.)



  1. Ooo, I'm making these next weekend. I will have to cheat a bit, though, and use bottled Key Lime juice. I always look at those tiny, little key limes and wonder how long it takes to squeeze enough for a whole pie.

    Thanks, Bridget!

  2. Oh these look DELISH! I linked up my recipe!!

  3. oooh im drooling!! These look and sound amazing. Lemon bars are one of my fave things and I just love lime! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. ok, I'm starving now. They look absolutely delicious.

  5. These look incredible! I will have to try them sometime. I linked up my recipe

  6. Wowee, do those look good! I have that cookbook but haven't made these. They need to go on the "must make" list! I made Tyler Florence's Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars over the weekend and will post on them this week. They have that same awesome creamy/tart thing going on!

  7. They look fantastic! I'm usually not big on lime flavors, but I'd definitely give these a try! I'd probably have to cheat also and use bottled lime juice :)

  8. Those bars look delicious! Yum!

  9. Thanks for another fun flavor of the month! Your key lime bars sound delicious! I love the idea of a coconut crust. Great tip on cutting with a bench scraper too - I started doing that about 6 months ago and love the straight edges it creates.

  10. I love that we both did a key lime recipe. I left some key lime facts on my post today.

  11. These bars look delicious! I would like one as a morning snack!

  12. I am loving King Arthur recipes right now, so these seem right up my alley! Just so you know, Flavor-of-the-Month is going to make me fat(ter). Thanks. :)

  13. Coconut and lime are SO perfect together! And I love the next theme!

  14. Oops! I just realized why I was going to enter Lemon Tea Cookies this month--theme doesn't include orange. Tried to delete the link, but no luck, sorry!

  15. ohhh wow! key lime and lemon are two of my favorite flavors!
    I love the addition of coconut to give it a little extra tropical "zip."
    Thanks for sharing that recipe! You always have the greatest ones!
    :) Mini Baker

  16. I missed the cutoff again :( Here's my link anyway :) I really need to get on the ball next time :)


  17. I missed Mr. Linkly! I am officially a loser. I LOVE lime bars and the added coconut is fantastic--I'll be thinking on the fun new topic!:)

  18. Wow I am already in love with these bars! They look so tangy, refreshing and I adore the combination with the coconutty crust :)

  19. Dr. Daddy saw the picture of the lime bars and said "oooh that looks good" in a meaningful sort of way. :) I'll be making them this week for him.

  20. These look amazing! It would be the perfect fresh dessert to end up the summer-boo hoo!
    Thanks for stopping by and for that wonderful peach pie recipe!
    I think I should bake my way through your blog as in "Julia & Julia"!

  21. I made these the other day using more lime juice and adding the zest of the limes and they were TO DIE FOR!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  22. Sorry I couldn't participate this week. Had a great recipe just no time to post it. I love the John Hughes idea. Do you ever read the food blog "Culinary Concoction by Peabody?" She has done a few posts dedicated to Hughes lately. Now what am I going to make...hmmm...

  23. Nutmeg Nanny...I'm going to have to check her blog out. Thanks!

    Nancy...you made me cry! :) In a good way. ♥

  24. I am drooling. I need to make these!!

  25. A delicious twist of the lemon bar - already one of our favorite - can't wait to try these:)


  26. I've already bookmark this article and will definitely refer this article to all my close friends and colleagues. Thanks for posting!

  27. Has anyone noticed that the recipe does not tell you what to do with the coconut once you toast it. I assumed it goes in the butter/brown sugar mixture for the bottom. Worked out great!!!

    1. Hi Julia!

      Sorry that is confusing. When the recipes says to "Combine the brown sugar through unsalted butter," it includes the toasted coconut. I apologize if that wasn't clear. :)


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