Cuban Mojito Shortbread Bars

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The Mexican lime tree we have out in the yard was pruned back pretty good last year and this year it appears to be making up for lost time. The amount of fruit it has been producing has been incredible. I give away a bag of 50 at least every week to friends and neighbors.

Hence the idea to make more lime recipes, but it is Fall. In San Diego seasons have a way of not really appearing. The Summer is almost year round, which I will never complain about. I don’t really want to see another pumpkin or squash inspired recipe right now, ok? Cuban Mojito Shortbread Bars for everybody!

So instead of just making a batch of lime bars I decided on a combination of a shortbread, with almond meal to enhance it and add a little crunch appeal. Next came the idea of a mojito inspired version. I had the mint, limes and no rum. So I ended up using some rum extract to complete the trio of main ingredients necessary for these Cuban Mojito Shortbread Bars! The drink did originate in Cuba after all. My thinking was I would pulverize the mint too, but in with the custard like topping. This worked perfectly.

The lime, mint and rum are a great combination. Probably better suited to some people as a holiday, Summer or vacation drink, but it really isn’t Fall here in San Diego and somebody’s got to do it, right?

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Preheat the oven to 350° F. Using a pastry cutter or in a food processor blend together the butter, sugar, salt and flours.

Press the shortbread dough evenly into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper, allowing the paper to hang over for easy lifting later for cutting.

Bake the crust for 25 minutes until golden brown. Allow the shortbread crust to cool for about 10 minutes.

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The Mexican lime is smaller and has more of a yellow-green color. It has a very thin skin and is extremely juicy. I made sure to get about 3/4 cup for this batch of Cuban Mojito Shortbread Bars. I decided on rum extract here, but feel free to use your favorite rum instead. Party on Garth!

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In the food processor add the egg yolks, condensed milk, rum extract, lime juice and mint leaves.

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