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 flavours that ended with amazing results! This has definitely become a family favourite and a Christmas baking staple in my house.
Actually, 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 colouring to make it 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 bars are already sweet and the sugar obviously adds to that. I really only add it for look (you can see in the Christmas tree photo below I added a very small amount and a lot more in the top photo). Whether you add the garnish or not, if you are looking for something unique and festive to add to your holiday baking tray, these Gingerbread Lime Bars are the perfect Christmas baking recipe for you!
Gingerbread Lime Bars
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
- 1/3 cup toffee bits I use Skor
- 4 eggs beaten
- 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar
- 2 tsp grated lime zest
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice the juice of about 2 limes
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp green food colouring I use Wilton Kelly green icing color which I usually buy at Michael's Arts & Crafts
- Green Sparkling sugar - can be bought at just about any grocery store 0ptional, in the baking aisle
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 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.
Topping : sprinkle on as much green sparkling sugar as desired.
Note: *if you cut each bar in half, you can get 32 triangles
Note: **To store: Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months