Lime Squares with Pistachio Graham-Cracker Crust

Lime Bars

It’s spring break for me!   The weather here now is just about perfect, but let’s wait a couple of days and I’m sure that it will change.  You know we are at 32 degrees one day and the next is 75!  Anyway it is so nice to be off for a few days.

Our ALTA tennis season is going strong and this is what I made for the match.  By the way,  my partner Maria and I won!  It was just a gorgeous day to be outside and I will have to say that I enjoyed every minute of the win.  These Lime Squares are a winner,too!  Martha Stewart just amazes me.  I receive her newsletters in my email everyday.  If you have not seen them go here and look at all the gorgeous stuff that she and her staff put together.  I am sure that you will find something to inspire you today.

Now about these Lime Squares they are really easy to put together and very good.  Be forewarned that they are tart.  I love them that way, though.  The hardest part of this recipe is shelling the pistachios.  I just took a bowl with me while watching TV and shelled them with no problem. The rest is super simple.  Don’t try to make these without the parchment paper though.  Parchment paper is your friend and will make it super easy to just pull them out of the pan.  No crumbs whatsoever will be wasted in the pan nor on the paper.

All of you enjoy your spring in any way that you choose, but I’m off to organize my closet and a few other spring cleaning jobs.  Happy Cooking!

Yummy!

Lime Squares with Pistachio Graham-Cracker Crust  from Martha Stewart Living

Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) Butter, melted and cooled, extra for buttering the pan 
  • 2/3 cup shelled pistachios ( I used unsalted)
  • 1 cup graham-cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest

For the filling:

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Brush the bottom of 8-inch square baking pan with melted butter.  This will help keep the parchment paper in place.  Line the bottom with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides.
  3. In a food processor, finely grind pistachios with graham-cracker crumbs, sugar, and zest.  Blend in melted butter.
  4. Press mixture into bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the pan.  Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes.  Cool crust for 30 minutes.
  5. To make the filling:  In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and condensed milk.  Add lime juice; whisk until smooth.  Pour filling into cooled crust:  Carefully spread to edges.
  6. Bake until set about 15 minutes.
  7. Cool in pan on a rack.
  8. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
  9. Using the parchment paper overhand lift the bars from the pan.
  10. On a cutting board using a serrated knife cut into 16 slices.  These are very rich.  To serve my tennis team I cut each slice again making 32 small servings.  Wipe the blade between each cut.
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47 responses to “Lime Squares with Pistachio Graham-Cracker Crust

  1. Rachael

    These look really simple to make and would be great for a summer day

  2. Taylor Jones

    I learned that these are tart and that always use parchment paper.

  3. Cierra

    Its definitely not a gorgeus snack but i think the tangy lime and crunchy nut may be an exquisite combination.

  4. Shae Stanley

    I learned that lime squares are easy to put together and very good. This snack may take a little longer than most, but it is worth it.

  5. Anna Scasny

    I learned these can be very tart but very simple to make.

  6. Lindsey

    It will stick pretty bad if you don’t use parchment paper.

  7. Desiree

    i love lime! cant wait to make these

  8. Victoria

    These are super easy to make! They may take a little longer than most snacks! but it is totally worth it

  9. Rachel

    I learned that you have to bake until lightly brown in the oven for 8-12 minutes.

  10. Aubrey Freeman

    I learned you can also use melted butter to grease the pan.

  11. hannah wills

    I learned that you have to used melted butter to grease the pan.

  12. Emily Trivitt

    I learned that lime juice makes things tart, like lemons

  13. haley

    This snack is tart and use parchment paper. It may take a little longer to fix though.

  14. Shane Woods

    You have to make sure you use parchment paper or your dish could be ruined

  15. Abbie

    I learned they need to cool for at least 1 hour before serving.

  16. adrianna

    parchment paper is important, it takes a little long to make but its worth it when you eat it!

  17. amber amey

    I learned to always use parchment paper.

  18. Jonathan Pham

    stick if you don’t use parchment paper

  19. victoria

    i learned how to make a crust

  20. Ethan Agan

    I learned that lime squares are easy to put together and very good. This snack may take a little longer to make.

  21. Emily Gilbert

    Using parchment paper makes it easier to get out of the pan.

  22. Tori Attison

    I learned that you should let the lime squares chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

  23. Hannah McManus

    I learned that these are tart, a great summer snack, and to always use parchment paper.

  24. maddie langley

    The only hard thing about this recipe is shelling the pistachios

  25. Cody Worthy

    You have to make sure you use parchment paper or your dish could be ruined

  26. breanna swanson

    I learned that the lime squares must be cooled for at least an hour before cooking.

  27. Tiffani Willis

    Easy to make and use parchment paper so they wont stick.

  28. chance morris

    I learned you can also use melted butter to grease the pan.

  29. KailinChamberlain

    I learned that you have to use parchment paper or they will stick.

  30. hannah schuster

    You have to brush the pan with melted butter so the parchment paper won’t stick.

  31. Brandi Stampley

    I Learned that it takes 1 cup graham-cracker crumbs

  32. Marlee king

    i learned that you need to leave the dough in the fridge till ready to use it.

  33. Ana Meyer

    I learned that these are very rich.

  34. Trish Jenkins

    It will stick pretty bad if you don’t use parchment paper.

  35. I love Key Lime Squares! Thank you, Mrs. Lupo, sometimes I’ll make them for my family.

  36. Miracle McDaniel (3rd)

    This is a tart, yet delicious treat.

  37. Tkeya Dix

    You may be able to use any nut along with the graham crackers, and you too can use any fruit juice. ;3

  38. Alana

    I like this and think we should make it in class.

  39. maya roberts

    you must use parchment paper or you will ruin this dish.

  40. Danielle Summers

    I have learn that The hardest part of this recipe is shelling the pistachios.

  41. Jonathan Goldthwaite

    I love lime, so this seems like a really delicious dessert.

  42. Gravett

    I learned that you can also use melted butter to grease up the pan.

  43. Chelsee

    I learned that pistachios can be used in a crust.

  44. Ondeaaaaaaaaaaa :)

    I learned that parchment paper is essential to this dish, without it, it would be ruined.

  45. jordon lee

    these look so simple to make and look like they would be very good

  46. Shaughnessy Peacock

    I learned these can be very tart but very simple to make.

  47. jamie Freeman

    Before serving these you really should let them cool because they wont be good hot. Cool for at least an hour.

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