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Layered Lemon Lime Sherbet Bars

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Frozen layered lemon lime sherbet bars have a great balance of sweet and salty, cold and creamy. Plus they have the perfect amount of tart too. Whip some up to see for yourself.

Layered frozen lime sherbet bar with lime curd topping and a lime twist on top, ready to eat.

This easy lime sherbet dessert is quick to throw together. It is a perfect make ahead treat for so many occasions, you will find yourself make up excuses to make another batch.

As the weather turns warmer, easy no bake desserts become an even more attractive option. And the sweet tart combination that comes from citrus makes it extra refreshing.

Lime sherbet bar ingredients including crackers, butter, sherbet, ice cream, eggs, butter and more ready to be made into bars.

Homemade ice cream is always a good choice. We have even made super simple 3 ingredient key lime sherbet and homemade lemon ice cream, both of which are great summer treats.

But sometimes breaking out the ice cream maker isn’t in the cards. That’s where fun desserts like these bars come into play.

Much like fried ice cream bars, this recipe starts with ready made ice cream and sherbet and makes it into a whole new thing.

And much like the fried ice cream bars, these would also be perfect for Cinco de Mayo. The salty crust pairs with the lime much like the rim of a margarita glass pairs with the drink!

Crust substitution ideas

The cracker crumbs add such a nice buttery bit of salt to balance out the bars. But you can use your imagination to make these bars your own.

Pretzel crumbs would be fun. They would keep that bit of salt but also nod towards the always popular jello pretzel salad.

Top of lime sherbet bars with lime curd and zest on top.

If sweet and salty isn’t your thing, go full sweet. Graham cracker crumbs or crushed vanilla wafers would make a great crust.

Different filling flavors

The green lime sherbet is perfect for summer, Cinco de Mayo or even St. Patrick’s Day. But you could easily use any flavor of sherbet.

Pineapple sherbet would be reminiscent of the famous Dole whip. In fact, the bars might even be better!

lime sherbet bar with lemon and lime slices on small plate, ready to eat.

Orange sherbet with blood orange curd would make a tasty option. Plus the shades would be reminiscent of a sunset.

Or use strawberry or raspberry for a pretty pink dessert. Either would be good with lime curd or lemon curd.

If making curd isn’t your thing, top the bars with whipped cream or whipped topping instead. Or pick up a can of lemon pie filling or a jar of premade curd. There are so many tasty options.

bite of layered lime sherbet bar on fork showing cracker crust, creamy sherbet center and bright lime curd topping.

Toss on some fresh fruit to make it extra pretty and everyone will be impressed. They would never believe how easy it was to make, so I wouldn’t even bother telling them!

Storing your bars

These bars can be enjoyed in as little as a few hours. You just want to freeze them for long enough to get the sherbet firm enough to cut into squares.

However this is a great make ahead recipe as well. You can assemble and freeze the bars up to three months ahead of time, just be sure to top the pan with a tight fitting lid or wrap well to avoid freezer burn or taking on flavors from the freezer.

If you like lime desserts, you should also check out my homemade key lime ice cream, key lime pie with condensed milk or maybe no bake mini key lime cheesecakes. Both are fabulous!

Did you make this recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

Layered frozen lime sherbet bar with lime curd topping and a lime twist on top, ready to eat.

Lemon Lime Sherbet Bars

Frozen layered lime sherbet bars have a great balance of sweet and salty, cold and creamy. Plus they have the perfect amount of tart too. Whip some up to see for yourself.
5 from 16 ratings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 559 kcal


  • 3 cups butter cracker crumbs ~2 sleeves*
  • cups granulated sugar divided
  • cups melted unsalted butter divided
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream softened
  • 1 quart lime sherbet softened
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups lemon juice


  • Combine the cracker crumbs, ¾ cup butter and ½ cup sugar. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish; freeze until firm. 
    3 cups butter cracker crumbs
  • Combine softened ice cream and sherbet with an electric mixer; spread over the firm crust. Freeze until firm.
    1 quart vanilla ice cream, 1 quart lime sherbet
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, whisk together 2 cups sugar and eggs until smooth and thoroughly combined. Whisk in lemon juice and ½ cup melted butter.
    6 eggs, 2 cups lemon juice
  • Cook in the microwave on full power for about 3-5 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave. Whisk well after 3 minutes and every minute thereafter. Keep cooking until it is thick and heavily coats the back of a metal spoon. (can push through a fine mesh strainer after cooking to remove any little pieces of egg white) Cover and refrigerate until cool.
  • Once the curd has cooled to room temperature, spread over ice cream mixture. Cover and freeze for 3 hours.
  • Just before serving, remove from the freezer and cut into squares.
  • Bars may be stored in the freezer for up to three months.


*Use Ritz crackers or similar



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 559kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 6gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 215mgFiber: 2gSugar: 57g
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For another fun and easy citrus treat, try making lemon muddy buddies!

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Kelsey Gustafson

Saturday 17th of April 2021

Definitely going to make this again for my family!

Andrea Nine

Friday 16th of April 2021

These are literally some of the prettiest bars I’ve ever seen! Perfect for spring and summer and I love how easy the recipe is! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!


Friday 16th of April 2021

Thank you so much!