Lime Shortbread Bars

Classic shortbread gets a summertime makeover in these zesty Lime Shortbread Bars. Adding lime zest to the dough adds a bite of freshness and plays up the buttery flavor of shortbread you know and crave.

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Lime Shortbread Bars
Makes 32 bars
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tablespoons (4.5 grams) grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon (7 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (170°C).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour and zest, beating until dough comes together. Press dough into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Prick dough all over with a fork.
  3. Bake until lightly browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Cut into squares while still hot in pan. Let cool completely. Remove from pan; sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
Pricking the tops of bars before baking allows moisture to escape and creates a crispy bar.


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  1. These are Oh so tasty and unbelievably easy! I did add a tsp of vanilla just because…. I love the taste of vanilla in baked goods. The lime definitely hits your senses in a subtle yet interesting way so do not shy away from it. No lime? Lemon would work as well.


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