Summer Citrus Key Lime Bars

A traditional citrus-summer dessert with a Cookie Chips® crust, topped with fresh whipped cream.

Joanne Adirim, Founder and Pastry Chef of Cookie Chips

Joanne Adirim

Founder & Executive Pastry Chef

MAR 25, 2022

For 25 years, Joanne served as the Founder and Executive Pastry Chef at HannahMax Baking. In 2012, she launched the original Cookie Chips® brand of thin snacking cookies. In 2022, she’s launching the Cookie Chips® Baking Mix, the first ever mix that makes pastry chef quality, thin snacking cookies right from home. With her new brand, she is excited to bring her 25 years of expertise to the at-home baking community.


Joanne Adirim

Founder & Executive Pastry Chef

Mar 25, 2022

For 25 years, Joanne served as the Founder and Executive Pastry Chef at HannahMax Baking. In 2012, she launched the original Cookie Chips® brand of thin snacking cookies. In 2022, she’s launching the Cookie Chips® Baking Mix, the first ever mix that makes pastry chef quality, thin snacking cookies right from home. With her new brand, she is excited to bring her 25 years of expertise to the at-home baking community.


One of the most popular desserts in my wholesale bakery was our Key Lime Pie topped with freshly whipped cream. People couldn’t get enough of this traditional citrus summer dessert.

This time around, I wanted to do something a little bit different. So, I turned my Key Lime Pie into a Key Lime Bar. Same delicious creamy filling with a twist. A chocolate chip cookie crust.

Cookie Chips® lend beautifully to this dessert bar. Like the traditional graham cracker crust, Cookie Chips® are super crunchy. Blended with just a bit of butter, they make the most tasty crust for my Key Lime Bars, and any dessert that calls for a crust. Hmmm…. cheesecake definitely comes to mind.
I guarantee you will love these bars, and they'll become a staple in your dessert file. Easy to make. Foolproof baking. Delicious every time. Now let's get baking!
HannahMax Baking Individual Key Lime Pie

HannahMax Baking Individual Key Lime Pie


Key Lime Bars Recipe

Ingredients

Crust

• Cookie Chips® Baking Mix | Chocolate Chip, baked & crushed - 1 bag.

• Unsalted butter, melted - 4 tbsp or 2 oz.

Filling

• Egg yolks - 12 ea or 6 ¾ oz.

• Key lime or lime juice - 12 fl oz.

• Lime zest - from one whole lime.

• Sweetened condensed milk - 28 fl oz.

All ingredients needed for key lime bars

Decoration

• Heavy whipping cream - 1 cup.

• Granulated or powdered sugar - 2 tbsp (or more to taste).

• Lime zest

To Make

1.  In a 9x9 baking pan spray bottom and sides with pan spray and insert a small piece of parchment paper on the bottom.


2.  Preheat oven to 350° F. (325° F if using a convection oven.)


3.  Blend crushed Cookie Chips® with melted butter. 


4.  Place cookie crumbs into the pan and press down until it is evenly pressed around the entire bottom of the pan.


5.  Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.


6.  While the crust is baking, place egg yolks into a mixer with the whip attachment. Whip eggs on high until they are tripled in volume.


7.  Add the condensed milk and continue whipping on high speed for 2 minutes.


8. Blend the lime zest with the lime juice and with the mixer running on low, pour in the juice. Mix until evenly combined.


9.  Pour filling into the pan with the pre-baked crust. Only pour in enough to reach ¾’s of the way up the sides of the pan. You may have a little filling leftover you can use for another mini pie.


10.  Bake for 18-20 minutes until set and still a little jiggly.


10. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight.

Cut and Decorate

1.  Remove bars from the pan. The best way to do this is to release the sides by using a knife, and scraping around the edges. Then, place the pan on a hot surface (over the stove burner), briefly to warm the bottom. Flip the pan over onto a cake board or parchment lined plate or sheet pan. Flip back up. Don’t worry if the top of your bars are a bit marred. You are going to decorate over this.


2.  Use a knife and mark where you want to cut your bars.


3.  Heat your knife over a fire stove or you can run your knife in hot water until very hot. Immediately, cut the bars, cleaning the knife between cuts and reheating. 


4.  Place whip cream and sugar in a mixer with whip attachment and whip cream firmly.


5.  Using a pastry bag with a decorative tip, pipe filling over each bar decoratively and sprinkle with lime zest.

Pro tips

1. Crush the Cookie Chips® by placing them in a resealable Ziploc bag and pounding it with a rolling pin or the palm of your hand.


2. If you don’t have a pastry bag, you can spread the whip cream over the top of the key lime bars BEFORE cutting, then follow the cutting procedures above. Sprinkle lime zest on each bar after cutting.


finished key lime bars. Tasty!

Crispy-crunchy cookies in 15 minutes.

Make pastry chef quality, thin & crispy cookies in 15 minutes. Be careful, these Cookie Chips® are irresistibly delicious.


Like everything else that I bake, this baking mix uses artisan, non-GMO, simple ingredients, and no artificial junk.