Jefferson County Recipe of the Day: Key Lime Bars

These bars give just the right taste of key lime!

Ingredients

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
30 vanilla wafers, broken into pieces
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed

CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

KEY LIME LAYER:
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1/2 cup key lime juice
Additional confectioners’ sugar

Directions

-Preheat oven to 350°. In a food processor, combine flour, wafers, confectioners’ sugar and pecans; cover and process until nuts are fine. Add butter; cover and pulse until crumbly.

-Press into an ungreased 13×9-in. baking dish. Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

-In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, milk and vanilla until blended; spread over crust to edges of pan. In another small bowl, combine sugar and flour; whisk in eggs and lime juice. Gently pour over cream cheese layer.

-Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled. Cut into bars. Just before serving, sprinkle with additional confectioners’ sugar.


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