Monday, May 31, 2010

Triple Citrus Bars

This recipe came from Heather Everett's cooking show called "Let's Eat In". Her show is on Dixie College's CEC TV, Channel 22. It airs Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am. If you like lemon bars, you'll love these. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Triple Citrus Bars


5 ounces animal crackers

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar (light or dark)

Pinch table salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly


2 ounces cream cheese , room temperature

1 ½ tsp each grated lime, lemon and orange zest, minced

Pinch table salt

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 egg yolk

6 Tbsp fresh lime juice , either Key lime or regular

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp fresh orange juice


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Cut 2 12-inch lengths extra-wide heavy-duty foil; fold cut edges back to form 7 1/2-inch width. With folded sides facing down, fit foil pieces securely into bottom and up sides of 8-inch-square baking pan, allowing excess to overhang pan sides. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray or butter.

2. TO MAKE THE CRUST: In bowl of food processor, pulse animal crackers until fine crumbs, (about 1 1/4 cups). Add brown sugar and salt; process to combine. Drizzle butter over crumbs and pulse until crumbs are evenly moistened with butter. Press firmly into pan. Bake until deep golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack while making filling. Do not turn off oven.

3. TO MAKE THE FILLING: While crust cools, in medium bowl, stir cream cheese, zest, and salt with until softened, creamy, and thoroughly combined. Add sweetened condensed milk and whisk vigorously until incorporated and no lumps of cream cheese remain; whisk in egg yolk. Add juices and whisk gently until incorporated (mixture will thicken slightly).

4. TO ASSEMBLE AND BAKE: Pour filling into crust; spread to corners and smooth surface with rubber spatula. Bake until set and edges begin to pull away slightly from sides, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Cover with foil and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.

5. Loosen edges with paring knife and lift bars from baking pan using foil extensions; cut bars into 16 squares. Sprinkle with toasted coconut or sifted powdered sugar and serve. (Leftovers can be refrigerated up to 2 days; crust will soften slightly. Let bars stand at room temperature about 15 minutes before serving.)

Double recipe for a 9 x 12” pan.


Hopie said...

Randy LOVES these!!!! hahaha!!!! Love you, mom!!!

Cory said...

These are very good. Key Lime flavor with hints of lemon and oranges.

Coleen's Recipes said...

What a great recipe!! Great combination of flavors and family will love these. Thanks for sharing!!!

Ingrid said...

I bet these were seriuosly yummy. We love citrus desserts. Thanks for sharing!

Katy ~ said...

I seriously love citrus, and boy do these look irresistible. I am swooning at the thought of them. I'm not keen on animal crackers, don't know why, smiles. Any idea what might make a good substitute? Just Nilla wafers maybe?