The Best Tangy Lime Bars

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Super Tangy Lime Bars are the perfectly refreshing, not - too - sweet treat! |

Tangy Lime Bars are cooling, refreshing, and not too sweet,  — if you love easy lime desserts then you’re going to flip for these, they’re the perfect little capper for a warm day.

Super Tangy Lime Bars are the perfectly refreshing, not - too - sweet treat! |

These are classic lime bars made with a graham cracker crust and condensed milk.

Citrus has to be one of the great flavors on earth, and lime is one of my personal favorites, (have you tried my Coconut Lime Squares?)  Today I’m celebrating this under-appreciated citrus flavor with a simple lime dessert where the essence of lime takes center stage. I didn’t even add sugar to the filling so there’s nothing to distract from that wonderful ‘tang’.

Tangy Lime Bars are the perfect cooling end to a summer meal! |

You can count on me to pare desserts down to their bare essentials, I think frills and extras just get in the way and make things necessarily complicated. These come together in no time, and I promise you, you will be so happy to see these pretty green lime bars peering out at you from the fridge at the end of a hot day.

Tangy Lime Bars are easy to throw together, not too sweet, and full of citrusy flavor! |

I highly recommend stashing a few of these tangy lime bars in the freezer, they are wonderful that way. They keep their silky texture and they’re super refreshing — love!!

Tangy Lime Bars are a quick and easy dessert full of zesty citrus flavor! |

A word about color…I did add a drop or two of green food coloring to my lime bars. You certainly don’t have to, but without the coloring they will be a pale yellow. For me the little boost is worth it, especially if I’m going to serve these to guests. When things are beautifully colored the eyes anticipate the flavor and send a message to the brain that actually enhances our experience of that flavor. In other words, you want your brain to anticipate that tangy lime flavor even before you bite into one of these bars. Most of the time I accomplish that through the natural beauty of the food I make, but every once in a while I feel it needs a little help. I just used regular food coloring, but you can also buy all natural food colorings that are made without chemicals or anything artificial, here.

Squeezing limes for Tangy Lime Squares recipe |

Reader Rave ~

“These are AMAZING!!! Definitely a recipe to keep :)”  ~  Jen

My tangy lime bar recipe is adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Tangy Lime Bars are the perfect cooling end to a summer meal! |
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Tangy Lime Bars

Tangy Lime Bars are cooling, refreshing, and not too sweet,  --- if you love easy lime desserts then you're going to flip for these, they're the perfect little capper for a warm day.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Author Sue Moran



  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 1 sleeve or about 9 full graham crackers, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter melted


  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 14- ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • drop or two of green food coloring optional


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Toss the crumbs with the sugar and melted butter, making sure to get all the crumbs evenly saturated.
  • Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of a 9x9 inch square baking pan.
  • Whisk the egg yolks and condensed milk together in a bowl. Add the lime juice and mix well.
  • Pour into the crust and bake for about 15-20 minutes, until just set.
  • Let cool, then refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
  • Serve cold with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • If you like you can make your lime bars with a shortbread crust like the one I used for my Hibiscus Lemon Bars.
  • You can make these with virtually any citrus fruit. Remember fresh squeezed juice is best.
  • These are unbelievable good frozen, I think that’s my favorite way to enjoy them.
  • If you love fresh lime juice, try these Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches….or this Cilantro Limeade, talk about refreshing!



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other fruity bars to try from the blog…

Hibiscus Lemon Bars

Hibiscus lemon Bars |

Lemon Crunch Bars

Light as air Lemon Crunch Bars are no-bake!

White Peach Bars

The perfect late summer dessert - juicy white peaches baked in a buttery shortbread crumble crust

Apricot Frangipane Bars


Blackberry Pecan Bars


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    October 31, 2018 at 10:35 am

    These are AMAZING!!! Definitely a recipe to keep 🙂

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    Nicole Branan
    July 25, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    These bars are looking so delicious and so pretty! I saw them on FG and was wondering about the color! 🙂 I think you hit the shade perfectly, it immediately says “lime” and still looks completely natural. Thanks for sharing, Sue!

    • Reply
      July 25, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      You’re so welcome Nicole!

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    Michele @ Bacon Fatte
    March 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Had to pop right over and get this recipe! Your lime bars look incredibly good… I can almost taste the tartness from here!

    • Reply
      March 29, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Thanks Michele ~ I think that tiny bit of food coloring does make a difference in how appealing a lime bar looks, hope you try them!

  • Reply
    July 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    If you don’t like graham crackers, what would be a good substitute?

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    June 11, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I love the beautiful green color, even if it was aided by a few drops of food color! They look so creamy and refreshing.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    June 11, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I can only imagine how bright and tangy these bars must taste. Simply divine!

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    June 10, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Sue, I have a big family and I’m wondering if I use a 9×12 dish instead, should I double the recipe? Any advice..?

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      June 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      I think you could do that for sure…just watch the baking, it’s done when the filling is set, which doesn’t take very long.

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    June 9, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    These bars are calling to me, they look incredibly delicious. Sometimes my mom brings me bags of key limes from the produce market, I think they’d work perfectly in this recipe!

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    Jean |
    June 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Sue, we love tangy lime things! And I’m definitely going to try them frozen, though I’m afraid my husband will become addicted to them!

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    June 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Susan, is there any thing that you know of that I could substitute for sweetened condensed milk?
    I’ve read that it is food porn.

    • Reply
      June 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      I honestly don’t know, in this case, Yolie. You can actually make your own, and I am thinking about doing a post on it, the milk gets sweetened and cooked down until it’s thick.

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    June 9, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Limes give this classic dessert a French flair. Delicious. GREG

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    June 9, 2016 at 5:49 am

    They look delicious and just perfect for the summer ! And the pictures are so great !

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    June 9, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Am drooling for this bars, thank u Sue.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 8, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    These look like a perfect summer dessert! Love the colour and anything that combines lime and sweetened condensed milk 🙂

  • Reply
    June 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

    These are also very good topped with a drizzle of chocolate .

    • Reply
      June 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Now you’ve gone and done it Sharon, I’m going to have to make another batch 😉

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    kathi @ LaughingSpatula
    June 8, 2016 at 10:21 am

    These look sooo good! Perfect for summer and I love lime anything. Your photo’s are gorgeous like usual too!

    • Reply
      June 8, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Kathi <3

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    Sara | Life's Little Sweets
    June 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

    These look amazing, I love the flavor of lime, this would be such a refreshing finish as a dessert in the Summer, pinned!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Lemon bars have always been my favorite so I know I’ll LOVE this lime version! Tangy and lightly sweet is perfect in my book. Thanks Sue! These are just gorgeous and now I’m drooling!

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    June 8, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I’m a citrus freak. Just love the stuff. Lemon in particular, but lime rings my door bell too. Really good looking stuff — thanks so much.

    • Reply
      June 8, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Haha, I love that — come to think of it, so many foods ring my doorbell, I can’t keep track!!

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    June 8, 2016 at 8:16 am

    These look so good. I LOVE lime flavoured anything so these are right up my street

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 8, 2016 at 8:12 am

    These are the perfect summer dessert, so pretty too!

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    June 8, 2016 at 7:49 am

    YUM! These look so tasty and refreshing! I bet you are right, and they are the BEST right out of the freezer. Perfect for Summer.

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      June 8, 2016 at 7:57 am

      I was so intrigued by the frozen texture…it wasn’t hard at all, just firmer, and soooo cold. It must be the condensed milk that helps keep it silky.

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    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    June 8, 2016 at 7:48 am

    These are so stunning! I love lime-flavored desserts during the summer, so I can’t wait to try these!

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      June 8, 2016 at 7:55 am

      There’s something about limes that makes them the most refreshing of all citrus, for me, anyway. Thanks Tracy 🙂

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    June 8, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Key lime is one of my favorite flavors! These look great!

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      June 8, 2016 at 7:47 am

      I almost went with Key limes, they even had a bag in my grocery store, but it can be so hard to get a whole 1/2 cup of juice from them, and I don’t like using the bottled stuff. The regular limes looked nice and fat and juicy, so I went with them.

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    June 8, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Normally I am not fancy for colouring, but this light jade green looks really beautiful. These lime bars are gorgeous, Sue.

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      June 8, 2016 at 7:33 am

      I’m the same way, Angie, but for some reason, I need my lime bars to be green!

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    June 8, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Hi Sue, oh these look so delicious, I love anything citrusy and in bar form. Love the color!

    • Reply
      June 8, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Thanks Cheri, my daughter ate the last one last night, and I’m already missing them 😉

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