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Friday, March 8, 2019

Creamy Dreamy No-Bake Key Lime Pie

This no-bake key lime pie is super cream and oh so dreamy.  Swirls of cream cheese whipped cream make it extra beautiful. It is an absolute favorite.

whole key lime pie with whipped cream rosettes and flowers on top

  This key lime pie is super easy to make and doesn't require any whipped topping!  It has just a few simple ingredients.   It has the perfect balance of bright, tart key limes and a creamy sweet base.  The pie is absolutely wonderful on its own, but some simple whipped cream flourishes make it beautiful.  It is perfect for summer parties, holidays and more.

Every time dessert comes up, my husband mentions key lime pie.  He denies it now, but really he does.

He had a key lime pie at a family holiday a while back and now every dessert is compared to that.  Now at every holiday, he hopes there is another one.

graham cracker crust in pie plate and key limes spilling out of bag

So far he is out of luck more than he is in it.  So I decided it was high time I just make him one.

Little Dude loved the look of the key limes and couldn't wait to juice them. We tried using an old fashioned juicer. It worked ok, but it took some effort.

key limes next to measuring cup of key lime juice with bowl of whipped cream cheese in background

Of course, later I saw a youtube video where they used a garlic press to juice the key limes. It looked so much easier than what we did!

The pie filling would be great on its own. But you know me and my love of frosting. I just couldn't leave it plain.

piping cream cheese whipped cream rosettes on top of key lime pie

Instead of regular whipped cream, I decided to top the pie with some cream cheese whipped cream. It just seems more stable.

Of course then I wanted to pipe it, so I did! I can't help but to frost anything that comes my way.  The rosettes held up for the three days there was pie in the fridge with no problem whatsoever!

My husband's eyes got big when he saw what we were up to. He happily ate a large slice as soon as I gave him permission.

Sometimes one slice of something is enough for him. The rest doesn't even tempt him. Not this time!

slice of key lime pie on plate with key limes and remaining pie in background

He ate another slice that night, then another the following. The third night he sat down with a big slice in the pan and went to work.

In his defense, he did at least offer to share it with me.  I just didn't seem right to make him!

Tips for making key lime pie: 

  • If using fresh key limes, use a garlic press to juice them easily!
  • Make sure to give the pie a couple of hours to chill.  It will taste great before that, but won't be completely set. 
  • If you can't find fresh key limes, key lime juice works great too! 

slice of key lime pie on plate with fork

Differences between key limes and regular (Persian) limes: 

  • Key limes are smaller and more yellow in color. 
  • Key limes are more aromatic, tarter and have a more floral flavor.
  • Key limes were grown commercially in the Florida Keys until a hurricane wiped out many of the groves in the 1920s. Now many of those groves grow Persian limes instead! 
If you like key limes, you can use them for more than pie! We love key lime roasted shrimp, they are flavorful and finger licking good. No bake key lime pie cheesecake jars are a perfect single serve dessert for parties or picnics.

Some more delicious citrus treats:

Polish Babka is a lemon bread that eats like a cake. It is perfect for Easter, brunch, breakfast, tea time and more.

Lemon Ooey Gooey Cookies are super simple to make.  There are just a few ingredients and little bit of effort to make the softest most delicious cookies.

Sharadan's Lemon Blueberry Parfait is loaded with a creamy lemon filling, angel food cake and loads of blueberries.

What are your favorite ways to enjoy key limes?

key lime pie with no whipped topping, no cool whip key lime pie
Yield: 12 servings

Creamy Dreamy No-Bake Key Lime Pie

Creamy Dreamy No-Bake Key Lime Pie

This no-bake key lime pie is super cream and oh so dreamy. Swirls of cream cheese whipped cream make it extra beautiful. It is an absolute favorite.
prep time: 2 H & 30 Mcook time: 1 Mtotal time: 2 H & 31 M


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 sheets)
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 7 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 2-3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cold cream


How to cook Creamy Dreamy No-Bake Key Lime Pie

Graham Cracker Crust
  1. In a 9" pie plate, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter.
  2. Press into the side and bottom of the dish to form a crust.
  3. For a completely no bake dessert, chill or freeze the crust to set. (If you prefer to set the crust in the oven, bake it at 375 F for about 7 minutes. Then remove and cool before making the filling.)
Key Lime Filling
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Be sure to scrape down the side of the bowl a few times to avoid lumps.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk, a little at a time. Mix well between additions to ensure a smooth finish.
  3. Add the key lime juice and beat until well mixed.
  4. Spoon into prepared pie crust and smooth the top with a spatula.
  5. Chill for at least two hours.
Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Topping
  1. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the cold cream while still beating. Beat until the mixture holds stiff peaks.
  3. Spread or pipe over pie.
  4. Garnish with lime zest if desired.
  5. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
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  1. I have tried key lime pie many times. It wasn't a favorite of mine until I tasted yours. That was so good. I love that there is no Cool Whip in it. Pops enjoyed it too. Did it meet Matt's standards?

    1. He enjoyed it, so that is good! He is so funny about stuff sometimes!

  2. Wow, looks great & easy to make! I will have to try sometime soon!

    1. It really is easy, which is one of the best parts. I hope you love it!

  3. MMMM! I love Key Lime Pie. Reminds me of the beach. I haven't made one before but I am going to give it a shot with this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

    1. It is a lot easier than you might think! The meringue is definitely optional, but I love it on there!

  4. My husband would love this one!! Thanks for Linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I love having you!! Hope to see you again this week!! Pinned

  5. I'm loving how you combined key lime and lemon meringue. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

    1. It was a perfect way to satisfy both of our cravings! Thanks for hosting!

  6. I am sharing my mom’s key lime pie recipe in a few weeks as she makes it for my birthday and it’s my favorite thing food wise in the whole world. This recipe sounds amazing too! Have a super sweet day today!

  7. I LOVE Key Lime Pie. I've brought back Key Limes from Florida just to make it in PA. This recipe looks delicious and you decorated it beautifully!

    1. That sounds like my kind of souvenir! Thank you so much!

  8. Wow Carlee, your pie looks fabulous!! I love Key Lime Pie, and I'd love to try your version.
    Thank you for your visit to my Irish Brown Bread post. You pop up as a no-reply comment blogger, and I can't email you directly, but thank you for stopping by.

  9. Your delicious recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and we hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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