Took this to a party last week, and it went like hotcakes

Experience the invigorating blend of tangy and sweet that key lime brings, reminiscent of a burst of sunshine, tantalizing your taste buds and whisking you away to a tropical haven with each bite. This is the essence of Key Lime Shortbread Bars, a heavenly combination of zesty key lime and rich, buttery shortbread. A perfect treat that promises to leave you yearning for more.

Picture a sweltering summer day, returning from a strenuous hike, seeking something that quenches your thirst and satisfies your sweet tooth. That’s where these Key Lime Shortbread Bars come into play. One bite, and you’re instantly transported to a serene beach, with the sea breeze in your hair and the soothing sound of waves in the background. It’s an experience of pure bliss, one that begs to be relived.

Key Lime Shortbread Bars Recipe

Ingredients:
1½ cups flour

1½ sticks of salted butter at room temperature

⅓ cup powdered sugar (plus extra for garnish)

For the Topping:

1¼ cups sugar

2 room temperature eggs

¼ cup lime juice (from key limes) and 1 teaspoon zest

¼ cup flour

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Begin with the shortbread crust: cream together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in 1½ cups flour until the mixture becomes crumbly. Firmly press this into the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden at the edges.
For the key lime topping, whisk together granulated sugar and eggs. Mix in lime juice and zest. Sift in ¼ cup flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and then stir in the vanilla extract.
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