I created this holiday Gingerbread Lime Bar recipe a couple of years ago because I wanted something a little more festive than plain old lemon squares.
This was an experiment in combining gingerbread and lime flavors that ended with amazing results! This lime bar has definitely become a family favorite and a Christmas baking staple in my house.
Actually, these gingerbread squares are addictive is what they are! I was never even that big a big fan of gingerbread and perhaps it's just the Skor toffee bits talking, but I can't get enough of this one!
I added some green food coloring to make this lime bar a little more Christmasy and the green sparkling sugar to make it, well, a little more sparkly! But the sparkling sugar garnish is completely optional. These gingerbread cookie bars are already sweet and the sugar obviously adds to that. I really only add it for look. I also like to add a little powdered/icing sugar for a wintery feel.
For this lime square recipe, you'll need:
- brown sugar
- all-purpose flour
- powdered sugar/icing sugar/confectioners sugar
- unsalted butter
- ground ginger
- toffee bits * I use Skor
- white granulated sugar
- baking powder
- green food coloring
- green sparkling sugar (optional)
*See recipe card for quantities
Keep these lime bars, in a sealed container, refrigerated for up to 4 days. If you want to keep them longer, then freeze them for up to 3 months in a sealed container. If you are stacking them, put parchment paper between the layers. Sprinkle them with the green sparkles and/or powdered sugar just prior to serving.
👪 Serving Size
This recipe makes 16 squares, but I cut them in half diagonally to get 32 triangles (as shown in photos)
- Toppings: can be served plain or with a green and white coconut topping or sprinkled with green sparkling sugar.
- Christmas Tree (shown below): I used a mini chocolate bar (coffee crisp) and I used a maraschino cherry on top
These gingerbread lime bars will add a unique and festive flair to your holiday baking tray. So if you are looking for lime bar recipes, especially ones that use fresh lime, you will love this festive take on the lime bar! When I created this holiday recipe a few years back, I was simply trying to develop a recipe that was a little more festive-looking than lemon squares to add to my baking tray. But they were such a huge success that they have now joined the ranks of Christmas baking tradition at my house.
These Holiday Lime Gingerbread Bars may have become part of our family’s holiday food traditions, but being added to a baking tray is one thing, being Santa-worthy is another. However, I think their proud placement on the Christmas Eve Santa Plate is evidence enough that these squares are completely Santa -worthy!
Happy Holidays and Enjoy!
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📋 Gingerbread Lime Bars Recipe
- 4 eggs beaten
- 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoon grated lime zest
- ½ cup fresh lime juice the juice of about 2 limes
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ - ¾ teaspoon green food colouring, depending on how dark you want the green to be I use Wilton Kelly green icing color which I usually buy at Michael's Arts & Crafts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 X 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Put base ingredients into food processor and mix until butter is evenly distributed and mixture clings together.
- Press dough into the bottom of baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15- 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat together eggs, white granulated sugar and lime juice. In another bowl mix flour and baking powder, then stir into lime mixture, along with the lime zest and green food colouring.
- Immediately pour over baked crust and bake in preheated oven for 20 -25 minutes until filling is set. Cool in pan on wire rack.
- Cut into squares, then cut those squares in half diagonally.