Key lime pie bars are the next best thing to an actual key lime pie!
Author: Eva Bakes
5ouncesanimal crackers or graham crackers
3Tablespoonslight brown sugar
4Tablespoonsunsalted buttermelted and cooled slightly
2ouncescream cheeseat room temperature
1Tablespoongrated lime zest
114-ounce cansweetened condensed milk
½cupkey lime juice
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8"x8" square baking pan with foil or parchment paper and grease well (I recommend using two sheets of foil/parchment and overlapping them in a + sign so it makes for easy lifting).
In a high powered blender or food processor, pulse the graham crackers or animal crackers until crumbs form. Add the sugar, salt and pulse some more until you achieve fine crumbs. Transfer the crumbs into a medium sized bowl and add the melted butter. Mix until the crumbs look like wet sand. Press the crumbs into your prepared pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the crust from the oven.
In a medium sized bowl, mix the cream cheese, lime zest and salt together. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and mix until no lumps remain and the batter is smooth. Add the egg yolk and lime juice until everything is well mixed.
Pour the cream cheese batter on top of the baked crust and bake in your oven for 15-20 minutes or until the filling is set and the batter starts to pull away from the sides. Allow to cool completely before chilling in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours.
When you are ready to serve, lift the bars out by the foil or parchment paper and cut into even slices. If desired, garnish with additional lime zest, whipped cream or ice cream.
Bars should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and will keep for several days.