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Lime White Chocolate Macadamia Bars

Crust
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Filling
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/3 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts, lightly toasted
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with foil; coat foil with cooking spray.

To make the crust, in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and confectioners' sugar until creamy. Reduce mixer speed to low; beat in flour and salt until pea sized lumps form - about 2 minutes. Pat dough into bottom of prepared dish. Bake 15 minutes or until light golden. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes.

To make the filling, in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together granulated sugar, eggs and lime zest for 3 minutes or until doubled in volume and foamy. Beat in lime juice and vanilla until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour until just combined. Pour filling on top of crust. Bake 15 minutes; remove from oven and evenly sprinkle with macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips. Return to oven and bake an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown and just set.

Cool on a wire rack completely before lifting foil out of pan, slicing into bars.

Makes 12 bars

34 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, have you any idea how completely amazing these look? I mean, really, seriously, AMAZING!

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  2. I really like the combination of flavours you've got going on here. I've never considered lime and white chocolate and macadamia...but I think it would work perfectly.

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  3. white chocolate and macadamia are like the perfect match in dessert.

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  4. Looks delicious and a nice change from the usual lemon bars...although they are good too! Enjoy your cake decorating class, I could a class like that too!

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  5. Emily, these bars sound and look heavenly! White chocolate macadamia cookies are a favorite of mine, as are key lime bars... and your creation is a fantastic combination of both of those desserts. Well done!

    I'm looking forward to reading about your homemade limoncello :).

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  6. WOW! these bars looks ssooooo great! I'd like to have a piece right now (even if it's just 7 in the morning)!

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  7. Lemon is my favourite sweet or savoury, but I think there is room for lime too.

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  8. Oh my holy heavens. You have stolen my heart with this recipe and I think I have everything here to make them. Will be baking later on in the week.

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  9. Have fun with the cake decorating! I took two Wilton decorating classes in the winter, and actually picked up a bunch of skills!

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  10. I'd say your initial problem was a blessing in disguise - those bars blow lemon bars out of the water! Yum.

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  11. Macadamia and lime seem like a great combination. Sounds like a blessing in disguise - and I love lemon bars!

    I can't wait for your limoncello!

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  12. Bookmarking this recipe right now, Emily! I'll have to see it for myself, because in my opinion there's nothing better than lemon bars. :D

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  13. Ooohhhh, those look so luscious and refreshing. My sister loves bars as opposed to cookies, so I'll have to make these for her sometime. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Keep coming back.

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  14. I want to hear about the limencello. I have a recipe on the fridge that I have had hanging there for 2 years and have yet to make it-but was just discussing it with my friend today. Maybe a sign?

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  15. That first picture had me reaching out to my computer screen to grab one of those bars - WOWZERS girl!! You are a pro photographer, and clearly an amazing chef!

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  16. Lime & white chocolate...having a hard time imagining it:) Although, I love orange & dark chocolate...hmmmmm...you have me interested!

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  17. White chocolate and citrus go together very well actually. I imagine these bars would taste a little something like http://www.schoc.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_8&products_id=25 which is an AMAZING chocolate bar here in NZ.

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  18. Thanks everyone! <3 Love your comments.

    Limoncello coming nextish? Maybe. Actually I think I'm doing a giveaway next. THEN limoncello.

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  19. three fantastic layers, all dang tasty in their own way. my verdict: win.

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  20. Mmm! It sounds like the limes would bring a nice tang to the ultra-sweet and creamy white chocolate. Delicious!

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  21. Lemon and White chocolate go wonderful together! Really! I just made a cake with those flavors by the way, but your bars look AMAZING. so yummy!


    http://buttersweetmelody.wordpress.com

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  22. I have a huge bag of macadamia nuts in my freezer that I almost threw out yesterday. I was tired of looking at them and couldn't think of anything to make with them. Thank you for saving me :) Also I made limoncello on my blog last year. It was amazing! It's like a lemon head in liquid form.

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  23. These look incredible! I love how you didn't let your lack of lemons get you down. I actually kind of like lime better. I bet these would be divine with some coconut thrown on them as well!

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  24. These look amazing! Citrus + macadamia + white chocolate = yum!

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  25. What great, yummy looking bars! Love the addition of the white chocolate and nuts!

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  26. Wow. These look incredibly decadent and delicious. LOVE your photos.

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  27. These look divine and I want some right now!

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  28. These look divine and I want some right now!

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  29. That pic is truly tantalizing. Looks delicious!

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  30. MMMMMMMMM,..the lime is here must give a special taste!

    these bars look lovely & truly appetizing too!

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  31. I tried this recipe - the filling was delicious! However, using the proportions provided in the recipe for the crust, it came out hard as a rock. (The dough was in pea sized clumps when I had used half the amount of flour required) It seems that there is either too much flour or not enough butter in the directions... Are you sure those were the proportions you used?

    Otherwise, yum!

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  32. YES!!! A printable recipe option would be great!

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