The easiest and BEST Key Lime pie! Creamy, luscious and perfectly tart Key Lime Pie with either an easy homemade graham cracker crust or a gingersnap cookie crust. | tastesbetterfromscratch.com
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Key Lime Pie

The easiest and BEST Key Lime pie! Creamy, luscious and perfectly tart Key Lime Pie with either an easy homemade graham cracker crust or a gingersnap cookie crust.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Pie
Servings: 12
Calories: 444kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

Ingredients

Graham cracker crust:*

  • cups ground graham crackers (about 12 full sheets, crushed)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter , melted

Key Lime Filling:

  • 2 14 ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • ¾ cup key lime juice*
  • zest from 2 regular limes , or 4 key limes

Whipped Cream Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

For the crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl. 
  • Pour crumb mixture into an 8" - 9.5" pie pan and press it firmly in the bottom of the pan and a little bit up the sides of the pan. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

For the Filling:

  • Add cream cheese to a mixing bowl and beat well with electric beaters until smooth. 
  • Add both cans of sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and lime zest and mix again until smooth. 
  • Pour into prepared graham cracker crust and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Allow pie to cool for about 30 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours, before serving.

Whipped Cream Topping:

  • Add heavy cream to a mixing bowl and beat with electric mixers for 1 minute. 
  • Slowly add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Spread or pipe the whipped cream on top of the cooled pie.

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Notes

Gingersnap Cookie Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups crunchy gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl.
  3. Pour crumb mixture into an 8" - 9.5" pie pan and press it firmly in the bottom of the pan and a little bit up the sides of the pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Lime Juice: There are 2 ways you can get key lime juice for this recipe. Juice about 20 of your own small key limes, OR use a bottle of Nellie and Joe's Key Lime Juice (available at most grocery stores). I always go for the latter.

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 309mg | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 780IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 0.6mg