Key Lime Magic Bars

Posted by on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

key lime magic bars

Growing up, one of my favorite treats Mom would make for me was those Magic Cookie Bars.  Remember those bars made with graham cracker crust, a layer of Eagle Brand milk all topped with butterscotch and chocolate baking chips, nuts, and coconut?  The ingredients would melt into a gooey sweetness that beckonded a tall glass of cold milk.

Here’s a new twist on an old favorite – Key Lime Magic Bars!  They are magic because the buttery graham cracker crust and layer of Eagle Brand milk form a sweet tangy marriage with Key lime juice and white chocolate chips. And they promise to perform a disappearing act right before your eyes.!

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or bottled Key lime juice
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut (not frozen)
  • zest of one lime

For the crust, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a 9×9 baking dish.  Mix well and press down to form a crust.

In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, lime juice, and lime zest.  Pour mixture over crust. Top condensed milk layer with white chocolate chips and coconut.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Cool bars before cutting into squares.

This recipe could easily be doubled and baked in a 9×13 pan.

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5 Responses to “Key Lime Magic Bars”

  1. Ashleighon 24 May 2011 at 7:43 am 1

    These look great! Have you tried them with any kind of nut in them? Wondering how a macadamia nut would do.

  2. carolinaheartstringson 24 May 2011 at 11:45 am 2

    Tara those just look fantastic. Love the picture. We are key lime fans at our house. I am giving this a try this weekend (tammie).

  3. purabi nahaon 25 May 2011 at 7:08 pm 3

    Such a fresh and colourful recipe! I loved the presentation.

  4. Jamieon 27 Jul 2011 at 5:55 am 4

    Tara – these are amazing and definitely a new favorite in our house. I have made them twice in the past few weeks! however, I am having some trouble with the crust…it always turns out so crumbly! I have tried baking it and letting it cool before putting the key lime mixture on top but it still is very crumbly. Any suggestions?

  5. Taraon 27 Jul 2011 at 10:11 am 5

    Hi Jamie,

    I bake these in a glass dish. They stick worse when I use a metal baking pan. I always use real butter too. They might be less crumbly if chilled before serving? Let me know if any of these suggestions work. THanks!