I told you recently that Cinco de Mayo was one of my all-time favorite holidays to bake for, so I couldn’t help but share another great and festive recipe. A true Fiesta isn’t complete without a limey margarita right? It’s one of the only cocktails that I can drink without immediately getting sleepy afterwards, so honestly it’s what I choose any night I want to have fun. (Which lets be honest, is only once in a rare while for this homebody.)
These bars are essentially the same concept as lemon bars, but with lime filling and plenty tequila mixed into the batter. They are easy to make, a beautiful limey color (thanks to a drop of food coloring) and the perfect festive treat for a weekend celebration. Most of the tequila cooks out of the bars in the oven, but just enough of the flavor remains to make these super margarita-y without being overly boozy. Olé!
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
- ⅔ cup fresh lime juice (from 6 limes)
- 2 drops green food coloring, (optional)
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons tequila
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
- In large bowl, mix butter and ½ cup powdered sugar together with electric mixer. Mix in 1¾ cup of the flour on low speed, just until well combined. Press in pan. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until set and lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Add remaining ¼ cup flour and salt, mix with whisk until blended. Add in lime zest, lime juice, food coloring and milk and whisk until smooth. Stir in tequila.
- Pour the lime mixture over partially baked crust. Bake 25 to 27 minutes longer or until center is set.
- Cool completely and then chill in fridge until ready to serve. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into bars. Store bars tightly covered in the fridge.