No-Bake Lime Squares


Let’s talk condensed milk for a second here. I adore condensed milk. It’s simply delicious. Possibly even better than Nutella. Sorry, Nutella lovers.

Today, I have here for you a very simple dessert recipe to help you re-discover the deliciousness of condensed milk. And, when I say simple, I mean it. You will only need 4 ingredients and 15 minutes of your time to make this! How much simpler can it get, right?


You do not need the oven for this one, either. No hot ovens in the summer for me, thank you very much. What’s even better about this dessert is that your kids can definitely lend a helping hand to make it. Speaking of kids, let me tell you a cute story about this recipe. These lime squares were the first thing I ever “cooked”. I was about 7 years old. On Wednesdays at school, we had to go to a mandatory workshop of our choice for half the day. I picked the cooking workshop, of course. At the time, I think I was just hungry when I was trying to pick a workshop. Little did I know cooking would soon become my passion.


Making this dessert brings back countless amazing memories, for sure. It doesn’t hurt that it is delicious too. Trust me on that one – I’ve been making these squares for the past 20 years. I should have a “lime square expert in the house” shirt or something by now.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments below. Also, if you want to make a more grown-up friendly version of this dessert, check out the tips at the end of the recipe.

No-Bake Lime Squares
Serves 6
No fuss, no oven, limey pieces of heaven
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  1. 1 can of condensed milk
  2. 1 can of evaporated milk
  3. 1 cup fresh lime juice
  4. 1 ½ packages of Maria cookies
  1. Place condensed milk, evaporated milk and lime juice in blender. Blend until smooth and thick. This will be our lime custard.
  2. In a medium rectangular baking pan, place a thin layer of lime custard to barely cover the bottom of the pan. Take a cookie and dip it in the custard. Place cookie on top of the thin layer of custard. Repeat with as many cookies as you need to create a layer of dipped cookies. Cover the cookie layer with a bit of custard so that all the cookies are fully covered. Create another layer of dipped cookies followed by another layer of custard and so on. Keep forming layers until you have used up all of the custard. The last layer should be a custard layer.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight to allow it to set.
  4. Cut into squares of appropriate size depending on the size of your baking pan. Enjoy!
  1. If you can’t find Maria cookies, you can use arrowroot cookies instead.
  2. If you don’t have limes at home, you can use ½ cup of imitation lime juice instead.
  3. If you want an adult version of this, add 1 or 2 ounces (depending on how your day is going) of tequila to the custard and garnish it with lime zest or a thin slice of lime when serving. Perfect boozy, summer dessert!
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Bon appetit!



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