Pretzel Crusted Key Lime Squares

This PRETZEL CRUSTED KEY LIME BAR RECIPE has been updated, and you can find the latest version HERE

I went to my first ever karaoke party on Saturday night.
It was an…experience.
I learned there are karaoke “types”:
Type 1: The practiced songstress.  She sings beautifully, has clearly done this before and even has a “signature song”
Type 2:  The “in-on-the-joke” singer.  This person gets up, knowing that singing isn’t their strong-suit, but still does it for the fun of it.
Type 3:  The delusional rocker.  This person thinks they can sing; thinks they have star quality, when in reality they are more Sanjaya than The Stones
Going into the evening I would have guessed that I was a Type 2.
Not so much.
My husband thought it would be great fun to video the evening, so I got the pleasure of watching back what everyone else witnessed first-hand.
When you’re singing you can’t really hear yourself, so the video footage was a real eye opener.  Apparently I go more for volume vs. musicality. “Type 3” all. the. way.
At one point during my second song (yes, there were multiple tone-deaf exhibitions)  a fellow party-goer came up and tried to make the song a “duet”.  I nearly elbowed her in the face.
Apparently I am a bit of a spotlight hog. Who knew?
I blame the microphone.  It has powers.
I’m amazed I still have friends.
So to apologize to the universe for degrading the human voice by way of “Summer Lovin'” I made some yummy lime bars.
I’m a salty-sweet gal, so I made these bars with a salty twist on the average lime squares.
The pretzel crust makes them yummy and different.


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34 Responses
  1. Heather

    This looks so ridiculously yummy and I really want to try it now! However, key lime juice is next to impossible to find where I live so I was wondering if you had an alternative to key lime juice? Or a sneaky way of “making” something taste like key limes?

    Love love love your recipes and your wit!!

  2. Amy K

    I finally made these amazing bars! I took them to a family gathering yesterday, and everyone LOVED them. Thanks for yet another winner!

  3. bridget {bake at 350}

    We have the American Idol game…and really, I never get tired of hearing Randy call me "Dawg." My fav karaoke song? "Walkin' on Sunshine." 🙂

  4. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]

    Hahha I suck at singing, so I always thought I'm type 2, luckily I've never had a video to prove otherwise. These bars look awesome, I love the sweet+salty combination.

  5. Haniela

    ooh yum, this sounds so delicious.
    You know I've been wanting to make a pretzel crust for awhile now, I think you just inspired me to give a try. Delicious looking bars,i love these flavors.

  6. grace

    you've just convinced me to never participate in karaoke, as i think i'm also a type 2 and would be humiliated to find i'm actually a type 3! 🙂
    tasty bars–the filling doesn't compare in appeal to the crust for me!

  7. Raina

    Very funny! I would love to see the video! I have never done karaoke..too shy:) If they had karaoke when I was in my 20's and still out partying probably would be another

    Great idea to add a salty pretzel crust to the key lime bars… sweet and salty!

  8. Danielle

    I wanted to let you know that I featured this recipe on my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post – stop by and check it out.


  9. Sue

    How genius to make a pretzel crust!
    I have never sang karaoke, but did sing in a lot of choirs/madrigal groups in the old days:) I can imagine it would be an eye-opener to hear/see a video of myself-yikes!
    Thanks for always making me laugh:)

  10. Trish - Sweetology101

    Salty? Maybe. Snarky? Most definately. These look so great. Perfect for a gal at work that "hates sweets" but LOVES key lime and has a bday coming up (I am designated treat bringer, of course!) THANKS!

  11. paddle attachment

    Salt works, any time. Love key lime too, and while we're at it, singing Summer Lovin', just not with any recording device anywhere in the vicinity of my voice…. (:

  12. Rachel

    I don't know what I loved more about your blog post; your fabulous dessert, your hilariously entertaining karaoke Saturday night tale or your husband who videoed it! Thanks for the laugh!

  13. Kelli

    If you're so inclined to watch, I believe I uploaded a video of my karaoke debauchery to my blog last August (from my 30th B-day). I'm afraid I might be a #3. I LOVE to sing, but am fully aware of how much I suck. I go for volume all the way. Also, I made up clever lyrics like, "This song suuuuucks!" when in my tequila-induced stupor I forgot the words.
    I'm special.
    The bars look yum. My fav song to sing to is "Brown Eyed Girl" despite mine being blue.

  14. Yaneri

    Yeah, I've been to Karaoke's before and some are good and some are just plain silly to laugh at, but it's enjoying. Never sang up on stage and probably will never cuz i for sure will mess it up!

    Love salty snacks! A pick me up after loooooong hours of work!!


  15. Joanne

    And to think my roommates (who are actually EXCELLENT singers and thus excel at karaoke in every capacity) always told me that doing karaoke well IS about volume when you have no musicality. From now on, I'm just going to shut up. Or rap. Probably the latter, if I know myself.

    I am always feeling salty. I could drink soy sauce. Happily. These look delicious!

  16. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    LOL on your karaoke spotlight! I am a horrible singer but a few drinks in me and I love Karaoke:-) I don't usually go for key lime desserts but these look really good!

  17. Diane {Created by Diane}

    Yes, I am feeling a bit salty today, thanks for asking 🙂

    Oh these look delicious. I love salty snacks 🙂 pretzels are so wonderful. Great idea! I can almost taste the goodness from my computer!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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