Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars are tart, sweet, creamy, and absolutely irresistible. They’re the perfect refreshing Summer treat and easy to share.

This fun Dessert Recipe is like a combination of a Key Lime Pie and New York Cheesecake. It gets its thick, rich texture from cheesecake, but it has the tart taste of the classic pie!

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KEY LIME CHEESECAKE BARS

Summer is the perfect time to make classic fruit desserts like Strawberry or Peach Pie. The fruit is perfectly in season, and they just make the best treats. Key Lime has to be on the list of those favorite Summer dessert. The lime flavor is tangy, tart and refreshing, plus these chilled bars are sure to keep you nice and cool!

Cheesecake Bars are easier to make than a classic cheesecake. Instead of worrying about an ice bath or any steps like that, you just pour the key lime filling into your crust and bake it for 50 minutes. The bars are also easier to serve to a crowd than a typical Key Lime Pie or cheesecake. The squares are easy to cut, mess-free, and the batch is a lot bigger so it’s perfect for a party!

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars in baking dish

You can serve the Key Lime Cheesecake Bars as simple as they are, or add some garnishes to them. For a fancier occasion slice the bars into squares before serving. Then right before you take the dish out, add a dollop of Whipped Cream and thin lime slices for decoration. 

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TIPS FOR MAKING KEY LIME CHEESECAKE BARS

  • Prep time: Take the cream cheese out of your fridge to soften. Preheat the oven and spray your pan with cooking spray. 
  • Crust: Put 24 graham crackers in your food processor and pulse until they’re broken into crumbs. If you don’t want to use a food processor, put the crackers in a plastic bag on your counter and use a rolling pin to break them apart. Combine the crumbs with sugar, and melted butter. Press the crumb mixture into the base of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Use your hands to press the crust into an even layer. 
  • Cheesecake batter: Add the cream cheese and granulated sugar to your stand mixer. Beat them together on high until the cream cheese is nice and fluffy. If you don’t have a stand mixer, put them in a large mixing bowl and use a handheld electric mixer to do the same thing. Lower it to medium speed before you add the eggs, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, key lime juice, lime zest, and flour. Mix all the ingredients together until smooth.
  • Bake: Use a rubber spatula to spread the lime mixture over the crust and bake for 50-55 minutes. Wiggle the pan to make sure the cheesecake is firm. Then put the Key Lime Cheesecake Bars in the fridge to chill.

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VARIATIONS ON KEY LIME CHEESECAKE BARS

  • Crust: Instead of making a graham cracker crust, you can follow the same direction using vanilla wafers, oreo, or gingersnap crumbs. 
  • Lemon bars: To make lemon Cheesecake Bars just replace the lime juice in the recipe with lemon juice and the lime zest with lemon zest. 
  • Fruit: You can add other fruit flavorings to the recipe by adding fruit jam to the top. Swirl Strawberry or Blueberry Jam over the top of the cheesecake in a marbled pattern before baking. You could also top the bars off with fresh berries. 

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HOW TO STORE KEY LIME CHEESECAKE BARS

  • Serve: Because of all the cream in the recipe, you shouldn’t leave it at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. 
  • Store: Put the Cheesecake Bars in an airtight container or cover them in aluminum foil to store them in the fridge. They’ll be good for up to 1 week. 
  • Freeze: You can also freeze the bars. Wrap each square individually in plastic wrap or separate them with parchment paper to store them in a freezer bag. They’ll stay good frozen for up to 3 months. Let them thaw in the fridge and then serve chilled.

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Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars are tart, sweet, creamy, and absolutely irresistible. They're the perfect refreshing Summer treat and easy to share.
Yield 16 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs , (24 full crackers)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 24 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Key lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with baking spray.
  • Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter together then press it into the baking dish in an even layer.
  • To your stand mixer add the cream cheese and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Lower the speed to medium and add in the eggs, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, key lime juice, lime zest, and flour until smooth.
  • Carefully spread the mixture on the crust.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until set and firm.
  • Chill completely before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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