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Lemon Lime Cookie Bars


These cookie bars are inspired by a famous soft drink that is refreshing lemon and lime drink then topped with a yummy vanilla bean buttercream.
Spring is definitely in full swing right now where I live, the pollen is out, flowers are blooming and this coming week the highs are in the 80's.
These lemon-lime cookie bars can refresh you with every bite using fresh lemon zest and juice and lime zest and lime juice. 
Since Spring is here, citrus comes to mind and lemonade stand. Coming up on May 5th it is Lemonade Day to help empower the youth for the future also to learn to manage a budget and customer service.

Recipes you may like:
Strawberry Lemon Sugar Cookies
Lofthouse-Style Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies
Meyer Lemon Cranberry Scones
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Lemon Lime Cookie Bars

Time
Prep: 20 minutes
Chilling: 1 hours
Baking: 15 to 20 minutes

Ingredients 

Lemon Lime Cookie Bars
2 1/2 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour
3/4 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons Lemon Zest, 2 to 3 medium lemons
2 Tablespoons Lime Zest, 4 to 5 limes
1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice 
2 large egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
3/4 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar or Colored Sugar, for coating

Vanilla Buttercream
1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, soften
1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening
2 1/2 cups Confectioners' Sugar
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste
3 Tablespoons Milk or Cream
Pinch of Fine Sea Salt


1. Zest lemons and lime into 1 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Let the sugar and zest sit for about 15 to 20 minutes to fragrant the sugar. 
2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, fine sea salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Scrap the sides. Add vanilla extract, lemon juice and lime juice. Mix for 1 to 2 minutes, scrap the sides. Add a 1/2 the flour mixture to the butter sugar mixture then add the egg then the last half of the flour mixture.
3.Trim a sheet of parchment paper to fit at the bottom of a small cookie sheet, about 8 by 12. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 to 2 hours. 
4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sprinkle on 1/4 cup of granulated sugar then bake cookie bars for 15 to 20 minutes or until very lightly golden brown. 
5. Let the bars cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wired rack to cool completely.
6. While the bars are cooling whip up the buttercream, cream butter and shortening on high for 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add salt and vanilla extract or paste.  Lower the speed of your mixture and slow add in confectioners' sugar a cup at a time. Scrap the sides of the bowl and cover bowl.
7. Smooth buttercream over cooled bars and store in plastic container in a cool place. __________________________________________________________________________________________



 

Comments

  1. I like tangy taste in my eats. Loving this recipe, will try it out.
    Thanks for the detailed steps.

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  2. I love the taste of lemon in anything sweet and this sounds like the perfect combo. This would be perfect for my upcoming Mother's Day get-together - will try to make this. Thanks so much for sharing all your delectable recipes!

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  3. I love your inventions! The colors of these are so pleasing.. talk about feast that satisfies all your senses!

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  4. These cookie bars look so delicious! I love the combination of sweet and sour tastes. :)

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  5. These look so delicious! I love lemon flavors

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  6. OMGoodness these look so yummy! They remind me of spring refreshing and flavorful with the lemon and lime flavors. I love lemon aid as well the flavor of lemon is just so tangy and good.

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  7. My husband would adore these! I just might have to try making them for cinco de mayo tomorrow! Sounds so yum

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  8. Sounds really yummy! I love the colors and the flavoring--really fits with the spring theme. I would love to try some of those someday. :)

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  9. Annemarie LeBlancMay 4, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    Oh wow. Lemon bars! I love them. This recipe is going into my collection of baked delicious treats. I'm trying it out this weekend.

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  10. These look so amazing! Can't wait to make them!

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  11. Oh my gosh! I want these right now! Yum Yum yum!

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  12. Those sound so delicious! Perfect in time for a cinco de mayo celebration! Looks yummy.

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  13. Wow! This one's a winner.This looks so delightful and tasty. I would love to try making this . My boys would both probably DIG this!

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  14. Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!

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  15. These look so delightfully good!

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  16. These are great and they look so delicious! Im going to try it out

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  17. These look so bright and pretty! I would love to modify it and make a vegan version to enjoy. Yum!

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  18. I am not a huge fan of lemon cookies. However, these cookies look like they are packed with tons of flavor.

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  19. These look so good! Perfect for those hotter days.

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  20. These cookie bars look incredible! I love lemon/lime flavors.

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  21. I love lemon treats so much. I have to make these sometime soon!

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  22. Oooh these sounds a bit different - perfect for summer I reckon! Makes me eant to give them a go and take on a summer picnic!

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  23. You had me at lemon and lime! These look so delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe it's definitely one i'd want to try.

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  24. Yum!! thiese look so tasty! I've been kinda obsessed with lemons lately, I'll have to try this out!

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  25. I am going to try this recipe. Thank you!

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  26. Yummy! These look absolutely cravable!

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  27. I love lemons! I always make lemon water. This recipe is perfect. I'll try it this weekend.

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  28. These look insanely delicious! I love the lemon and lime zest on top. Yum!!

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  29. This sounds so decadent. I am going to add this on my to make list for this weekend's baking!

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  30. I saw your Strawberry Lemon recipe and I was excited to try it out soon but I'm torn between making that or this. Why not both, I guess? I hope you have more variations using Lemon as the main ingredient!

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  31. I really love zesty and tangy with a hint of sweet and these are perfect for that. They remind me of a summer backyard party and I'm sure would be a total crowd-pleaser!

    Great post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

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  32. These look so good! I love the lemon lime combo!

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  33. Yum. These look delicious. So easy to make as well - thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  34. My dad is crazy about lime! I will have to send this to him!

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  35. Man, these are really making me regret my diet right now. They look amazing.

    Thanks!
    Mike Reid

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  36. Those look really good. I love a good lemon bar in the spring!

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  37. They look so gooooood. I want to try this but I don't have an oven. The pictures made me crave so guess I'll find something similar that's already ready made. LOL

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  38. Gosh these look yummy! I'm totally going to veganise and enjoy them :) :) ๐Ÿ’š

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  39. Yum! These look so refreshing. My husband would love them!

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  40. Yum! These look so refreshing. My hubs would love them!

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  41. Oh my goodness these look amazing! I'm using this recipe for a summer treat!

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  42. Ooo this is my kind of dessert ! I love anything lime !๐Ÿ˜

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  43. These really do look like the perfect spring/summer dessert! I bet they are soo fresh tasting and my mouth is totally watering! I'm bookmarking this so I can come back and make them for my family!

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  44. You made me drool looking at those photos! I have already saved your recipe and I will be making this for Mother's day! Thank you!

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  45. I don't usually gravitate towards tangy type desserts, but these look pretty delicious!

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  46. Wow, this looks really nice. My mum always make a new cake every weekend, I need to show this one to her. I love lemon, the same for here, I'm sure we're gonna like it :)

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