Frozen Key Lime Margarita Squares


Key Lime Margarita Squares #recipe  | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I know I promised you that today I would share a recap and pictures from Food Blog Forum last weekend, but I forgot about these!  Today is Pass The Cookbook Club day.  Hopefully you will forgive me, because these little squares are way better than the pictures I was going to show you!  Don’t worry, a recap is coming; either Sunday or next Thursday.

Do you know about Pass the Cookbook Club?  Each month we choose a cookbook – and then Kita selects 3 recipes from it.  We get to pick which one want to make, and then share them all with you!  At the bottom, after the recipe, you can see what everyone else made.  This month we decided to go seasonal.  Summer is coming, so why not do frozen desserts? Slushed!: More Than 150 Frozen, Boozy Treats for the Coolest Happy Hour Ever was the book we chose.

Key Lime Margarita Squares  #recipe | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts


I picked the Frozen Key Lime Margarita Pie, and changed it up just a little.  I was bringing this to a party, so I wanted it to be easy to serve and eat.  I thought turning them into bars was perfect.  I can never slice a pie and have it look pretty, but slicing bars from an 8×8 pan – that I can handle!  These key lime squares were a huge hit, I had no idea how many key lime fans there were out there.  My only complaint – you can’t taste the tequila!  So if you want a true margarita flavor, double what the recipe calls for.  If you are looking for a quick (no bake) recipe for your Memorial Day get together this weekend, these would be perfect!  Creamy, tart, sweet, and refreshing – a great welcome to summer.

Key Lime Margarita Squares #recipe  | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Yields 16

Frozen creamy key lime squares with a hint of tequila - great no bake treat for the summer

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbls sugar
  • 3 Tbls butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 1 lime zested
  • 2 Tbls tequila
  • Top with whipped cream


  1. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press into the bottom or the baking pan. Place in freezer while you make the filling.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cream cheese, sugar, key lime juice, lime zest and tequila. Beat on low until the mixture starts to come together. Beat on medium-high for 5 minutes, until it is smooth and fluffy.
  4. Pour filling over the prepared crust. Freeze overnight.
  5. To serve let the bars sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Slice and top with whipped cream.


Slightly adapted from Slushed!

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  1. Mmmm – I love key lime! These sound perfect for the summertime :)

  2. Mmm these sound lovely! Great recipe!

  3. Yum Erin! This looks so refreshing for the 90 degree days we’ve been having in NYC. I want one!

  4. I love these bars. What a great idea. They look amazing too!

  5. Love the idea of the squares!! Much easier for serving than a pie version. And with the word Margarita in the title you have my full attention, definitely worth waiting for the forum pics for a piece of this!

  6. Oh I’d eat 15 of these.

  7. mhm I could eat a whole load of your cool key lime margarita squares, just perfect to beat the heat here!

  8. This is my kind of dessert for sure! Key lime is definitely a favorite and this version looks wonderful!

  9. im not a pie person but the flavors going on this pie is just perfect for the summer :)

  10. I love your individual squares with the little lime on top. Super cute! I am not a huge citrus person so I stayed away from this recipe.

  11. That looks delicious! I love the bar/square idea. Nice job.

  12. Love these squares, Erin! Great flavor!

  13. I love your idea of turning these into bars. I have the same problem cutting pies as you do.

    It was so great to meet you at FBF. I am a little bummed there wasn’t enough time for bloggers to chat.

  14. This is my kind of dessert! Who can resist key lime + tequila? (Thanks for the tip on adding a bit more.) 😉

    P.S. I can’t slice a symmetrical piece of pie to save my life! 😀

  15. These sound awesome, Erin! I love lime desserts!

  16. I’m swooning over the thickness of that crust!

  17. These look super-yummy!

  18. Love key lime pie flavors… making this frozen… YUM and perfect for summer. :)

  19. These would be perfect for this summer kick off weekend!

  20. I like that you turned this dish into squares! I’m going to have to try that the next time I make these! I also added more tequila to mine! I used an entire mini. :-)

  21. I love margarita desserts, and it’s already starting to get hot in my non-air conditioned house. No bake boozy treat is right up my alley. This looks delish!

  22. I live by the ‘always double your tequila’ rule ;D I like little bars better too. I stink at serving pie. I have never once made a good slice. And really it shows how bad I am at fractions or straight lines… >.> Bars for the win!

    Cant wait to see those recap pics!

  23. These look VERY tasty! The crust would be my weakness but then again I think the topping would be delicious too. A must make!

  24. This looks incredible. And I’m all for lime anything… but with cream cheese?! Oh my gosh. It’s like piggy heaven.

    • I used reduced fat, so it was not as bad as it could have been!

      • Oh no. I hope that didn’t come out the wrong way! What I meant to say was that I’d pig out on it. I have weakness for cream cheese + citrus. I wasn’t referring to it as being unhealthy or anything like that. It looks like a relatively healthy dessert to me. :)

  25. I think putting this recipe into a bar form would be perfect for any party! Your recipe looks wonderful, Hugs, Terra

  26. Love that you turned them into squares!

  27. Loving this recipe! I happen to have a bag of key limes in my kitchen at the moment, and I think this could be the perfect recipe to use some of them for!

  28. this sounds so good. i love bars and i love key lime cheesecakes!

  29. I had totally forgotten about these!! LOVE, love love!!! I see a limey treat in my weekend…!

  30. My favorite cocktail AND my favorite dessert? Yes, please!

  31. Giong to the beach next week and yep, just perfect!

  32. I seriously need these in my life. We’re about to reach the 90s this weekend and it only gets worse from there. Cold margarita pie squares sound just right!


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