Key Lime Pie

June 10, 2016 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes


We posted this key lime pie a few weeks ago on Instagram and got requests for the recipe, so we decided to post it. It’s such a simple pie to make, especially if you get a pre-baked graham cracker crust. Mark usually makes his own, but honestly, the pre-baked ones you get at the store can be just fine. We’ve tried a few key lime pie recipes before, but this one came out particularly well, with just the right balance of tart and sweet (sometimes key lime pies can come out a little too tart).

Not sure what it is, but I haven’t been craving chocolate desserts for a good long while. Things that I’ve loved in the past like chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake and mousse aren’t the desserts I crave anymore (what’s going on, right??). These days I prefer something lighter and usually fruit based…or vanilla – a flavor of ice cream that I deemed too boring in the past. Not sure what’s going on, but this pie is refreshingly light and not a dessert I can ever turn down.

Ingredients for the crust:
1/3 cup melted butter
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar

Ingredients for the filling:
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup key lime juice (we prefer Manhattan brand key lime juice if you’re using bottled)
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 cup heavy cream
Lime zest

For the crust: mix butter, graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a bowl by hand. Press the mixture on the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan. Press firmly so the crust won’t break. Bake for 10 minutes, then allow to cool while preparing the filling.

For the filling: whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks, key lime juice and lemon juice. Pour into the pre-baked pie crust. Bake the pie for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve – at least two hours.

Before serving, whip heavy cream to stiff peaks using an electric mixer. Spread evenly over the top of the chilled pie. Zest a lime over the pie with a fine grater. Cut into pieces and serve.


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  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag June 10, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    i can’t believe i’ve never made one of these before. i’ll be making this version asap, thank you jenna!! xoxo

  • M June 10, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    thank you for sharing/posting this recipe! can’t wait to make it!

  • Helle June 11, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I’ve been making key lime pies for a while and absolutely love them. Your recipe is simpler than mine, though, so I’ll give that a try next time.

  • Jenna June 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Let me know how it goes, if any of you make this recipie 🙂

  • annie gallo June 16, 2016 at 9:34 pm


  • Lenny June 20, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Made this pie yesterday. 2 pieces left. Very simple to make and not tart at all. Very refreshing dessert. Definitely will make again

  • G. July 1, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    What temp should the oven be? I’m trying to make it now! =)