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Papaya Lime Bars

A deliciously different bar. A new twist on the popular lemon bar recipe.
Course Bars, Dessert
Cuisine All-American
Keyword bars, key lime, lime, Papaya
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 Servings
Author Lynn / Turnips 2 Tangerines


  • 8 x 8-inch square baking pan


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup papaya puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 lime, zest only
  • pinch sea salt
  • powder sugar, for topping
  • lime zest, for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 8 x 8-inch baking pan by buttering it. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients for the crust and mix well. Add melted butter and stir to create a dough. Turn dough into the prepared pan and press evenly across the bottom. Bake the crust for 12 minutes and just golden brown. While it’s baking, make the filling.
  • In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt. Add the papaya puree, eggs, lime juice, zest and honey. Whisk until the filling appears glossy and smooth.
  • Remove pan from the oven, pour filling over the hot crust and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 20-25 mins and bars are puffed and firm to the touch in the center.
  • Allow papaya bars to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before running a knife around the edge of the sides. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar and a grates of fresh lime zest, optional