Rating: 3.78 stars
432 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 192
  • 4 star values: 80
  • 3 star values: 73
  • 2 star values: 46
  • 1 star values: 41

This creamy dessert is a cross between key lime pie and traditional lemon bars.

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Ingredients

For the Crust
For the Filling

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush an 8-inch square baking dish with melted butter. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides.

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  • In a food processor, finely grind pistachios with graham-cracker crumbs, sugar, and zest. Blend in butter. Press mixture into bottom and 1 inch up sides of prepared pan. Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes. Cool crust, 30 minutes.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and condensed milk. Add lime juice; whisk until smooth. Pour filling into cooled crust; carefully spread to edges.

  • Bake until set, about 15 minutes. Cool in pan on rack; then chill at least 1 hour before serving. Using parchment paper overhang, lift out of pan, and transfer to a cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut into 16 squares, wiping knife with a damp kitchen towel between each cut.

Cook's Notes

Lining the pan: Cut parchment 8 inches wide and at least 12 inches long. Place parchment in buttered pan (butter will hold paper in place) so it hangs over the sides. This will help you lift the bars out easily.

Reviews (52)

432 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 192
  • 4 star values: 80
  • 3 star values: 73
  • 2 star values: 46
  • 1 star values: 41
Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2017
My goto dessert when it's my turn to bake. Love the subtle taste of pistachio. My only problem is the crust falls apart if not packed firmly.
Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2015
Turned out great! Perfect amount of lime. I took a flat tenderizer and packed the crust down both before & after baking so it wont fall apart. Also used 5T of butter not 4. Aldi has the shelled pistachios by the trail mix/dry fruit. No neee to shell the nuts. Will be making again!!
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2013
Would like to take this to a pot luck. Is it possible to double the recipe and bake in 11 x 9 pan? Thanks for any thoughts on this.
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Rating: Unrated
05/04/2012
The only thing I would change is to reduce the amount of lime juice. I used fresh lime juice &measured it exactly. Everyone to whom I served it said it was too tart. So I would lighten it up. I cut smaller pieces,served them on lace doilies and sprinkled them with crumbs reserved from the crust. Nice presentation.
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2012
Sorry, I was WRONG! I think i may have a reading disability!!! arghhh! Recipe DOES say half a stick!!! geez...i still did it with a full stick & the crust was great!!!! Thanks & sorry again for my last post!!!!
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2012
Loved it! Added a few more pistachios & a little more butter...turned out wonderful! **However, there is a small mistake in the INGREDIENTS.. it calls for 4 T. then says 1 cube butter....i see that one reviewer may have just put the 4 T. ~ if i hadn't read her review & looked @the amount of butter i might have only put in 4T as well instead of a cube...that's the only thing i can say negative about this treat!!! thanks!
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Rating: Unrated
09/30/2011
So disappointing. After all the work of shelling pistachios, you can't taste them at all. The lime overpowers them. The crust seems to need more butter to hold it together; I made it as directed and it only baked on top. The bottom of the crust was still totally crumbly. I wonder if they tested this recipe or just cranked it out like they seem to do often....
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07/07/2011
These were pretty good. I felt it needed a little whipped cream on top just to finish it off. It took a long time to shell all those pistachios and I'm not sure they added that much to the crust .... I think I would try a different nut next time. Nice tart though!
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02/04/2011
Katello.. email them the recipe.. if you make them you will eat them, and its easier to send the recipe.. ha.. that's what I do..
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02/02/2011
I'm thinking of making these, but I would like to mail them to a friend. They seem like they might not travel well. Does anyone have ideas as to how I could wrap them so they won't be a mess by the time they arrive?
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03/30/2010
These. Are. Excellent. I swapped graham crackers for butter cookies, added a raspberry sauce layer, and baked in a tart pan. Gorgeous and delicious! http://culinspiration.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/key-lime-raspberry-torte-with-pistachio-crust/
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02/28/2010
OMG - I've made these several times I can eat the whole thing by myself! It's sooo easy, but sooo delicious!
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09/12/2009
I made these with lemons insted of limes nad it tasted like a "lemon meragne pie " bar cookie.
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01/20/2009
baked this and they turned out graet just perfect
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10/06/2008
Made this for my friend's baby shower. I accidentally added two whole eggs instead of the yolks, and they turned out fine. They were a huge hit and now they'll become a regular dessert in our house.
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08/17/2008
Just select print and then you will not have any ads. Good luck.
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08/14/2008
Please have an option for printing JUST the recipe instead of ads for ink cartridges!
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08/14/2008
These are a perfect summer dessert ! I even used low-fat graham crackers and fat free condensed milk and they were still so delicious ! They turn out just like the picture.
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08/13/2008
I made these bars for a family party and they were a huge hit! Be sure to use fresh squeezed limes for the best flavor
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08/12/2008
The 8 ounce cup is wet weight - like a cup of milk. A cup of crumbs weighs less than a cup of milk. Home Ec 101.
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08/12/2008
I think they mean 1 cup in volume or 4oz by weight.
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08/12/2008
the 4 oz = 1 cup of graham crakers crumbs refers to the weight of the crumbs. pokeybear
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08/12/2008
One cup equals 8oz. Why does the recipe say one cup 4oz? I find this confusing.
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08/12/2008
One cup equals 8oz. Why does the recipe say one cup 4oz? I find this confusing.
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08/12/2008
One cup is 8oz. Why do you say 4oz? I find this confusing
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08/12/2008
Tried these a couple months ago...if you love lime you will love these!
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08/12/2008
Sol, did yo use 14 ounces of cream cheese instead of condensed milk or in addition to? Thanks.
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08/12/2008
sol, did you add the cream cheese in place of the condensed milk, or in addition to it?
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08/12/2008
Why is the nutrtional information on each of the recipes such a huge SECRET?? Ssshhhh...
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06/05/2008
I added 14 ounces of cream cheese to the filling and it was amazing.
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04/23/2008
I used 4 and I think with less than that the crust would be too crumbly and not stick in the pan and up the sides like it should. I guess you could try 2 and if it's too dry, add 2 more.
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04/22/2008
Quick question for anyone who has made these... On the show he says that only 2 tablespoons of butter is used while the recipe above shows 4. Which is it?
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04/22/2008
Quick question for anyone who has made these... On the show he says that only 2 tablespoons of butter is used while the recipe above shows 4. Which is it?
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04/20/2008
These were super easy and really tasty! Nice balance of sweet and tart.
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04/20/2008
These were super easy and really tasty! Nice balance of sweet and tart.
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04/09/2008
Yay recipe! Thanks for fixng whoever fixed it =)
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04/09/2008
The link to PBS didn't work for me. Apparently that episode has not been shown where I live.
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04/09/2008
several have not shown recipe for me. I also am not getting my cookie emailed to me.
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04/09/2008
I also did not get the recipe.............. :(((
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04/09/2008
Am Sorry cannot get your recipe of April 9th Lime and Pistaschio squares can you please check why the recipe is not there
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04/09/2008
Thanks!! That actually worked for me! You made my day!
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04/09/2008
Why can't I get this recipe to appear? I have no problem with others!
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04/09/2008
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04/09/2008
I have a lime tree in my yard loaded and ready to go with limes, but no recipe!! help!! This looks great!
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04/09/2008
When I try to print this out the screen comes up blank. Having the same problem with Saturday's cupcake recipe. If you could fix this it would be great. Thanks
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04/09/2008
I'm glad someone else couldn't see the recipe either!
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04/09/2008
There is no recipe here.... Sounds good though.
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04/09/2008
Where is the recpe? Would love to make these for an anniversary party. thank you- jgb904@comcast.net
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04/01/2008
These sound fabulous. I'l try them this weekend
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04/01/2008
These sound fabulous. I'l try them this weekend
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03/30/2008
These are tart and rich and fantastic as a citrus creamy dessert. Such a fun and different choice for dessert. I love chocalate and any kind of cake but it's good to branch out and try new things.
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03/17/2008
Maybe it has to be baked more than 15 minutes. Maybe 25 is safer. But it surely delicious....