Margarita Bars


These bars feature a shortbread crust and a margarita filling. This easy dessert will be the life of the party!

When I was in school,  I took outfit planning very seriously.   I would spend an entire Sunday going through my closet and matching tops and bottoms to come up with a whole months worth of potential outfits.  I would then write out a calendar and match each outfit to a day in that month.  I rarely followed the plan for the entire month, but I did usually manage to stick to the schedule for a week or two.  I’m afraid this little tidbit from my past gives you a clear idea of the organized, weirdly obsessive woman I am today!

Yes, I can’t deny that I love organizing and planning.  Oh how I love to plan!   I plan out our meals for the week.   I plan out my grocery list by aisle.   I have my Christmas baking planned by October.  I plan out birthday and Christmas gifts by the end of September  (we have fall and winter birthdays in our family).  I don’t actually start my shopping until November, but I feel miles ahead if I just know what to buy people.

Making lists makes me positively giddy!   Nothing makes me happier then making lists and then crossing things off that list!  I mean what a good feeling!  What a sense of accomplishment!  I’m a mental list maker too.  Not quite as satisfying as there isn’t anything to cross off.

I’m equally obsessive when it comes to putting things away in an organized manner.  My husband lovingly (or sarcastically, you decide!) refers to me as Bindy because I rarely come home from a Target trip without some sort of plastic container.  I need to have things in bins!  Is that so wrong???  Just put items in bin, store bin on shelf, remove as needed,  smile.  Come on, who’s with me?

Speaking of planning and getting organized, I went school shopping for my daughter.  I happened to see some days of the week underwear.  It brought back memories of my childhood.  I used to really want days of the week underwear.  It fit in so naturally with my need to plan out my outfits.  I mean how cool would it be to have my undergarments labeled for the week??? I wouldn’t have to pencil that in on my monthly chart!!!  But alas, I didn’t buy these for my daughter.  She’s neat and organized, but not quite up to par with my obsessiveness.  I just knew she’d end up wearing her Tuesday underwear on Friday and would really bother me.   Best not to go there!!!!  I stuck with peace sign underwear.  Peace is more important to me than planned outfits.  In some respects, I’ve come a long way.

Margarita bars really don’t have a thing to do with outfits, being organized or planning.  I just wanted to make one more summertime treat before school starts and fall baking begins.  Contrary to the name, there isn’t any alcohol in these margarita bars.  But they do pack some intense lime flavor into each little square.  I for one, enjoy margaritas year round, so technically, you could enjoy these margarita bars year round as well!  The smooth, citrus layer is balanced by the buttery, flakey shortbread crust.   Lime bar meets cookie!  It all worked really well together.   And perfectly kid friendly.   These margarita bars turned out to be a wonderful summertime baking finale!

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Some yumminess from Pinterest:

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Margarita Bars
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A citrus, margarita layer baked over a flakey, buttery shortbread crust.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup frozen concentrated Bacardi, non-alcoholic margarita mixer, thawed
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • green food coloring
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 baking pan and set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Stir flour and salt together and carefully add to butter. Stir until a soft dough starts to form.
  3. Press dough into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and reduce oven temperature to 325. Let crust cool completely.
  4. Blend together eggs, sugar and margarita mixer. Whisk in flour and stir to completely remove any lumps. Add in food coloring if desired.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Bars are ready when center doesn’t move if pan is shaken. Let cool. Dust with powdered sugar.

Recipe adapted from

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33 Responses

  1. Tanya, we’re so alike it’s both scary AND cool. I OB.SESSSSS over my outfits every day–even when I’m not in school. Day off and I know I’m going out? Must. Dress. Appropriately. And cute! It’s not really that I *care* about what people think of me, but come on, I always want to look stylish! And looking good, with a meticulously planned outfit, makes me feel good inside. Like I’m a supermodel or something. So hey, to each their own :) these bars look amazing! So much summer packed into one unique bar. Love it!

    • NO one can fault a girl for wanting to her best!! It totally pays to be obsessive!

  2. OK. I’ll admit to being a little disappointed that these were alcohol-free — but then I saw the term “buttery shortbread crust.” Shortbread can, and does, make any recipe wonderful and I’ll gladly forego a little booze for some of that buttery shortbread crust. Do you make deliveries?

    • I’d deliver for you! I would’ve have included a few (several) drops of Tequila if my kids weren’t going to be eating this!

  3. These look quite tasty. Love the color. Thanks so much for stopping by Posed Perfection and leaving me a sweet note about the King Ranch Chicken. I am your newest follower. I hope you’ll stop by again for a visit and maybe even a follow back. Have a great week!

    • Love to stop by! Thanks so much for following and checking my little blog out!

  4. This looks fantastic. I cannot wait to try this out! Thank you for sharing it. Come and visit us. We have a lot of tasty treats to share and a wonderful antiques post today.

    • Thank you! I’ll be stopping over shortly!

  5. YUM!!! I so want to try some right now!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

    • I’ve saved some for ya! Thanks for hosting!

  6. These look delicious!

  7. I can definitely relate to the joy one feels when crossing something off a list! I love to plan too!

    These bars look delicious, and I’m glad you mentioned they could be made year-round since back to school is right around the corner!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • It is a good feeling isn’t it? Glad I’m not the only one! Thanks for stopping over!

  8. I love reading your post. I am organized, but I have nothing on you! :) These margarita bars look fantastic and I’m printing them to try Labor Day weekend when we are having company. Thanks so much for linking to the Weekend Potluck. Have a terrific week!

    • Oh yeah! You’ll have to let me know how they turn out for you! Glad to hear you like my post, I knew I wasn’t the only one who likes being organized!

  9. These look delicious. I’m organized in my head. When it comes to putting it down on paper, not so much! Thanks for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House.

    • Thank you! Thanks for the link party!

  10. Those bars look absolutely delish! I love the colors, that’s what caught my eye. They just look cool. I’m stopping by from “Think pink Sunday.

    • Thank you so much!!! I’m very excited!

  11. Oh, yum. There is nothing I love more than a good lemon bar. Way to create an interesting twist…I want one.

    • I agree, I love lemon bars, but these were awfully good!

  12. MommaE

    I always add zest of two limes and juice them in afterwards. I’ve used the same base for years. It’s is always a crowd pleaser of a dessert!

    • MommaE

      Oh, and no food coloring, I love the yellow color. Whole wheat flour is great to use to, a little less guilt! Lol

    • Love this dessert! Perfect for summer!

  13. We must be polar opposites. Does that mean we were meant to be BFF’s? I am SO not that organized! My daughter’s birthday is Jan 2nd, and I am forever failing to plan a party. How horrible is that?! One thing I wouldn’t forget are these margarita bars. Totally awesome. I think I’d want the tequilla in them, or at least on the side 😉

    • We totally compliment one another! I don’t enjoy party planning anymore, now my kids just have a friend over! Ha! These would have tequila if my kids weren’t going to eat them!

    • Thank you Lyuba! A pretty fun summer treat.


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