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Margarita Bars

These bars are loaded with fresh lime flavor with a hint of tequila. The sweet and tangy filling is bursting with citrus flavor and gets a nice salty crunch form the pretzel crust.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 servings
Calories 293 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups crushed pretzels
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted no substitutions - use REAL butter
  • 2 ¼ cup granulated sugar — divided
  • 4 eggs
  • cup fresh lime juice — from about 5-6 limes
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon tequila — optional you can omit and use an extra tablespoon lime or orange juice instead
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar — for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350°Line a 9x9 square pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • Mix crushed pretzels, ¼ cup sugar, and melted butter with in a large bowl. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Be sure to compact it very well. Any little holes in the crust will cause the filling to leak through. Bake for 12 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. Whisk the eggs with remaining 2 cups of sugar. Whisk in lime juice, zest, and tequila, then whisk in flour until smooth and no lumps remain.
  • Pour lime mixture slowly and carefully over hot crust then continue baking for about 25 minutes until the top starts to brown and is no longer translucent. Cool bars completely before cutting. It’s easiest to cut cold bars, so I suggest chilling them before cutting. Dust the tops with powdered sugar. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.


I recommend pulsing pretzels several times in a food processor to crush. Make sure bars are completely cooled before cutting. You can omit the tequila if you like. Use an extra tablespoon of lime juice in its place.


Serving: 1barCalories: 293kcal
Keyword dessert bars, lime dessert bars, margarita bars
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