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Key Lime Bars Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Lois Leaburn

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Crust:
5 Oz animal crackers
3 T packed brown sugar (light or dark)
pinch of salt
4 T unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

Filling:
2 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 T grated lime zest, minced
pinch of salt
1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg yolk
C fresh lime juice, either Key Lime or regular

Garnish (optional)
C Sweetened shredded coconut, toasted until golden and crisp

Directions:
Directions:
325 18-20 minutes

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325. Cut about 12-inch length extra-wide heavy-duty foil; fold cut edges back to form 7 -inch width. With folded sides facing down, fit foil securely into bottom and up sides of 8-inch square baking pan, allowing excess to overhang pan sides. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. TO MAKE THE CRUST: In workbowl of food processor, pulse animal crackers until broken down, about ten 1-second pulses; process crumbs until evenly fine, about 10 seconds (you should have about 1 cups crumbs). Add brown sugar and salt; process to combine, ten to twelve 1-second pulses (if large sugar lumps remain, break them apart with fingers). Drizzle butter over crumbs and pulse until crumbs are evenly moistened with butter, about ten 1-second pulses. Press crumbs evenly and firmly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake until deep golden brown, 18-20 minutes. Cool on wire rack while making filling. Do not turn of oven.

3. TO MAKE THE FILLING: While crust cools, in medium bowl, stir cream cheese, zest, and salt with rubber spatula until softened, creamy, and thoroughly combined. Add sweetened condensed mild and whisk vigorously until incorporated and no lumps of cream cheese remain; whisk in egg yolk. Add lime juice and whisk gently until incorporated (mixture will thicken slightly).

4. TO ASSEMBLE AND BAKE: Pour filling into crust; spread to corners and smooth surface with rubber spatula. Bake until set and edges begin to pull away slightly from sides, 15-20 minutes. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, 1 to 1 hours. Cover with foil and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.

5. Loosen edges with paring knife and lift bars from baking pan using foil extensions; cut bars into 16 squares. Sprinkle with toasted coconut, if using, and serve.

 

 

 

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