Baked Goods & Sweet Treats Recipes

Lime Squares

I love tart, sour things. I’ll devour a bag of Sour Patch Kids even if my tongue is tingling because of all the sourness. I find it addictive.  I was always the kid that could munch on Warheads without making a face at all. And as an adult, my taste buds haven’t matured all that much.
I still love sour things, especially tartness in citrusy things. So today I bring you:
Lime Squares
lime squares recipe desserts

(Adapted from Eat, Live, Run)
(For the crust)

1 cup flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cold
(For lime filling)
2/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 6 limes)
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
4 eggs
2 tsp lime zest
green food coloring (enough to produce desired green color)
powdered sugar for serving

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Start making your crust by, combining the confectioners sugar, flour and sea salt in a large bowl. Cut in the cold butter and work with your fingers until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Press into a greased nine inch pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

lime squares recipe dessert
This is how my crust dough looked before I pressed it into the pan.
Then start making the filling by whisking together the granulated sugar and flour in a bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the zest, lime juice and enough green food coloring to produce desired green color and mix until everything is smooth and combined.
lime squares recipe dessert
It’s like the elephant graveyard for limes.


Pour filling into the crust and return to oven to bake for another twenty minutes. When done, the filling will no longer jiggle. Let cool completely in the pan before slicing and dusting with powdered sugar.

lime squares recipe dessert
lime squares recipe dessert


We all know that I am a huge fan of tart desserts. How do you feel about them? Do you prefer sweet to sour?

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  • Looks delicious! I am a major sour/tart food lover….I can’t get enough of a red sour patch kid! I will have to try these instead of my trusty lemon squares:)

  • Yum!! I love sweet desserts but I’m a real sucker for anything citrus-y! My all time fav would be lemon meringue pie or lemon cheesecake!

  • Then this will be perfect for you! x

  • I think you would then! x

  • Marielle

    Haha, love the Lion King reference. I’ll have to give this a try sometime! I can’t handle sour things but lime is my summertime love.

    • Ha! Glad you enjoyed it! I’m not sure if I should recommend or deter you from this recipe. It is sour, but in the best limey way possible! x

  • You impressed me immensely with your ability to eat WarHeads. As kids we used to dare each other to eat those all the time, but I wasn’t fun. I do like moderately tart things, though…

    • The blue ones were my absolute favourite. (I still enjoy them from time to time, clearly.) My brother is just as crazy for sour things- maybe it’s a genetic thing! x

  • I love lime! Definitely have to try this recipe.

  • Yessss. My mom has a recipe for lemon bars that sounds pretty identical to these (except, obviously, they’re lemon instead of lime), and whenever I make it it’s a serious struggle not to down them all in one sitting. Yummmmmmm.

    • It really was hard to resist not going back for seconds…and thirds…. and fourths…. I guess it’s because since they aren’t super sweet, you don’t get that sickly feeling like when you usually eat too much dessert. x

  • TheJessaOlsonBlog

    i love these!! I will be making them soon for a cookout. I doubt they will look as amazing as yours.

  • cynthmj

    Yum, these look so good! I’ve never seen lime bars before, I think they’d be much better than lemon bars. I have to say I’m one of those sour-lovers too… I have a habit of picking the lime or lemon out of my drink and “eating” it, until one by one my friends expressed their disgust for what I was doing and I realized not everyone likes sour citrus fruits that much πŸ˜‰ –Cynthia, commenting on her admin account for some reason

    • I do that as well! Has anyone ever given you the “that’s so awful for your teeth!” lecture? xx

  • Oooh, these sounds very, very moreish!

  • I love tart desserts! I like sweet desserts too…but not too sweet πŸ™‚ This looks good!

    • I mean, I like all desserts and it’s fair to say that sometimes I have favourites. But my favourites come and go. Thanks! x

  • Side note: never make this with hang nails.. LOL. The limes will be torture! Looks delicious, as usual.