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Margarita pie bars are an adult dessert made with a delicious salty crust and a creamy tequila-filled whipped topping.

stack of margarita pie bars.

Adult dessert: we wanted to give you a heads up that these margarita pie bars are made with tequila and should only be consumed by 21+.

Yummy Frozen Dessert

If you’re looking for a fun summer dessert, you must make these margarita pie bars! They are made with a delicious salted pretzel crust and a creamy, margarita pie filling made with whipped cream, Greek yogurt, and tequila.

That’s right, these bars are “spiked” and so delicious!

What do margarita pie bars taste like? This delicious dessert is like a combination of a frozen margarita and a creamy key lime pie.

Why you’ll love them!

  • Adult dessert (there’s alcohol!)
  • Perfect for cinco de mayo
  • Sweet and salty
  • Eaten frozen
pretzel curst in mixer.

The Crust

If you’re a salt lover, you’re going to love this pretzel crust. Here’s what you need:

  • Salted pretzel twists
  • Agave
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract

The Filling

The margarita pie filling is a creamy slightly sweet, slightly tangy filling. Here’s what you need:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Agave
  • Tequila
  • Orange liqueur
  • Lime juice
  • Lime zest
  • Whipping cream
  • Vanilla extract
pie filling in bowl.

How to Make Margarita Pie Bars

Make Pretzel Crust

Process pretzels in a high-speed food processor. Add melted butter, vanilla, and agave into the food processor and process until mold the crust in between your fingers.

Bake Crust

Transfer the pretzel crust into an 8×8-inch pan and firmly press it into the bottom with a spatula. Bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes.

Make Filling

Meanwhile, make the margarita pie filling. Combine the Greek yogurt and agave nectar. Then, add tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and lime zest.

In a separate bowl, use a hand mixing to turn the whipping cream into whipped cream. Fold the whipped cream with the yogurt mixture and mix until combined.

bars in pan.

Transfer Filling & Freeze

Transfer the filling on top of the crust and use a spatula to evenly spread it out. Sprinkle on some lime zest.

Place the bars into the freezer to set for at least 3 hours.

Slice & Serve

When you’re ready to serve, remove the pan from the freezer and let sit for a few minutes. Then, use a sharp knife to slice them into bars. Enjoy!

sliced bars on parchment paper.

Storage

This is a frozen dessert, so make sure to store these in the freezer at all times unless eating them.

bar on plate with fork.
stack of bars.

Margarita Pie Bars

Made with a salty pretzel crust and a tequila margarita pie filling, these margarita pie bars are a delicious frozen dessert!

Prep:3 hours

Cook:16 minutes

Total:3 hours 16 minutes

Fat 14

Carbs 28

Protein 2

Ingredients

Crust

  • 4 cups salted pretzel twists
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ cup agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling

  • ½ cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup agave syrup
  • 3 tablespoons quality tequila (we used Espolon brand)
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur we used triple sec
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a 6×10-inch or 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper.

  • Place the pretzels in a food processor and process on high until the mixture turns into crumbs.

  • Add the melted butter, agave, and vanilla extract into the food processor and process on low until a crumble forms and you are able to mold the pretzel mixture between two fingers.

  • Pour the pretzel crumbs into the lined pan and firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the pan with a spatula.

  • Bake the crust at 350ºF for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool.

  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, add the Greek yogurt and agave. Mix the two ingredients together until combined. Then, add the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and lime zest. Mix the ingredients together until combined.The mixture will feel watery. Set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to whisk the heavy cream and vanilla extract together until stiff peaks form.

  • Add the whipped cream into the Greek yogurt mixture and gently fold them together. You want the whipped cream to remain fluffy as you fold it into the tequila mixture*.

  • Pour the filling into the crust and evenly spread it out using a spatula

  • Place the pan in the freezer for at least 3 hours to set.

  • Once the bars have set, slice them with a sharp knife and serve.

Tips & Notes

  • *If your whipped cream doesn’t fold together easily with the Greek yogurt, you can use a hand mixer to combine them.
  • We used butter for this recipe, but if you prefer coconut oil, that works too.
  • This is a frozen dessert, do not let it sit out for longer than 10 minutes. Store it in the freezer covered with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 249kcal Carbohydrates: 28g Protein: 2g Fat: 14g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 15g

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.

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