Recipe: Lime Margarita Squares
Each year on May 5th in the United States we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I think it really is just a great excuse to eat and drink anything Mexican. Since I love Mexican cuisine, I am NOT complaining! I love to celebrate with delicious tacos, refried beans, and chips and fresh salsa. This year I decided to make a Mexican style dessert – Lime Margarita Squares (recipe adapted from Food.com)
These Lime Margarita Squares have a distinct lime flavor much like a drinkable Margarita. They are tart and slightly sweet with a buttery crumb crust. Topped with powdered sugar they are perfection. I n my opinion, I think they are much better than a Lemon Square – but I have always been a huge fan of anything lime.
Since this year Cinco de Mayo is much colder than average in Minnesota, I plan on celebrating with a nice Lime Margarita Square or two instead of a Margarita on the rocks. Honestly I will ALWAYS choose dessert over drinks any day of the year (I’m one of those crazy people that dislikes the taste of alcohol — I know, I know…I’m LOCO!)
Let me show you how easy these Lime Margarita Squares are to make for your Cinco de Mayo party (or really anytime).
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Here are the ingredients: flour, powdered sugar, butter, eggs, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, frozen margarita mix concentrate and lime zest.
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
Let’s start with the CRUST:
In a large mixing bowl, add all of the crust ingredients (softened butter, flour and powdered sugar.)
With the mixer on low speed (to not dust your kitchen with flour), mix until it becomes doughy. It first feels really dry as you mix it, however gets to the doughy stage eventually. You will just need to be patient.
With flour dusted fingers, press mixture firmly in the bottom of an ungreased 13×9 inch baking pan. The dough will be very sticky, so be sure to dust your hands or fingers with flour before pressing the dough into pan.
Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20 – 25 minutes or until a light golden brown. While the crust bakes you can make the filling and it really takes only a few minutes to make the filling. Remove crust from oven and allow to slightly cool.
Now for the FILLING:
Zest your lime using a microplane. Click on my zesting how-to if you do not know how to zest citrus fruit.
Add to a mixing bowl, eggs, sugar, flour….
…salt and baking powder.
Then mix until well combined.
Add margarita mix concentrate and lime zest…
…and mix until combined.
Take prebaked crust and pour in the filling to form an even layer.
Place the pan back into the oven and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 18-22 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is set.
Allow the bars to completely cool before cutting them into squares or bars.
Before serving, sift tops with powdered sugar and then cut into bars or squares. Pair with a drinkable Margarita if desired.
If you try this recipe for Lime Margarita Squares, please COMMENT below. I want to hear your results!
Enjoy the comfort of food!
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