Key Lime Bars with Macadamia Crust

Key Lime Bars with Macadamia Crust
Author Elizabeth Heiskell is making a tasty treat with lime zest and macadamia nuts.


  • 2 cups (about 8 1⁄2 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2⁄3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) butter, cubed
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon table salt
  • 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup Key lime juice, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 1⁄2 cups whipping cream, whipped
  • Garnish: lime zest (optional)

Key Lime Bars - Home & Family

Makes 24 bars hands-on. 15 minutes total. 8 hours, 35 minutes


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Process the flour, brown sugar, nuts, butter, and salt in a
food processor until finely ground. Press into a greased aluminum foil-lined 13- x 9-inch
baking dish.

2. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

3. Heat 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar and 1⁄2 cup of the lime juice over low heat, stirring until the

sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat, and set aside.

4. Sprinkle the gelatin over the remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice in a medium bowl; stir

gelatin mixture, and let stand 3 to 5 minutes.

5. Add the hot mixture to the gelatin mixture, stirring until the gelatin dissolves. Whisk in

the sweetened condensed milk and 1 teaspoon lime zest.

6. Place the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice; whisk mixture 10 minutes or until partially set.

7. Fold in the whipped cream. Pour evenly over the prepared crust; cover and chill 8 hours.
Cut into diamond shapes. Garnish with lime zest, if desired.

Excerpted from What Can I Bring? by Elizabeth Heiskell. Copyright © 2018 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Meredith Corporation. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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