Thursday, May 1, 2014

key lime pie-lets {recipe}

When I need a delicious, refreshing summer dessert, this key lime pie has become my go-to recipe since my mom shared it with me. I usually make a 9-inch pie with it, but recently I needed something easier to serve for a dessert buffet, so I changed it up and made mini key lime pies, or "pielets." {Cutest name ever, by the way.}

No one would believe me when I told them how easy this recipe is. It's a little scary how easy it is, actually. I can make it anytime I want. .

mini key lime pies on a cake platter

Key Lime Pie Recipe

(Makes 1 - 9 inch pie or about 10 mini pies)

1 - 9 inch pre-made graham cracker pie crust OR about 10 Keebler Ready Crust mini graham pie crusts

3 cups sweetened condensed milk (I used just under 3 - 14 oz. cans)

1/2 cup sour cream (I used fat-free and it tasted just as good as the full fat sour cream! I cannot recommend reduced-fat sour cream--I haven't tried it but the consistency is usually different from full fat or fat-free)

1 Tbsp. grated lime zest

3/4 cup key lime juice

Preheat over to 350 degrees. 

Combine all ingredients and blend well. Spoon filling into pie crust(s). Place pies on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until filling is set. Do not brown. Chill completely in refrigerator. Garnish with whipped cream and a lime slice before serving.

Hints & Tips

When it comes to the key lime juice (don't try using regular lime juice--it won't be tart enough), I prefer to use a bottled juice rather than squeeze a million of those tiny key limes. This Nellie & Joe's brand key lime juice is my fave.

Nellie and Joe's key lime juice and some key limes

I found these mini graham cracker pie crusts in the baking aisle at Walmart. Adorable.

keebler ready crust graham mini pie crusts in package

I used about 1/4 cup pie filling for each mini pie crust.

pouring key lime pie filling into mini crusts

 Place your pies on a baking sheet before putting them in the oven.

key lime pies on a baking sheet

I sliced a lime and made a small cut halfway into the slice so I could twist them and set them on top of the whipped topping.

  mini key lime pies with lime and whip cream garnish

So regular whipped cream is absolutely dreamy on these, but I tried a coconut-flavored whipped cream with these and it was pretty amazing, too!

Coconut Whipped Cream Recipe

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 Tbsp. powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. imitation coconut flavoring

Whip all ingredients in mixer until stiff peaks form. If you don't want to use coconut flavoring, increase vanilla to 1 full teaspoon.

ingredients for coconut whipped cream

To dress up your pielets, try slipping them into a cupcake wrapper, like these cute ones I found at Pick Your Plum.

key lime pielet on a cake stand

If you love lime  and coconut like me, don't miss this recipe for Coconut Lime Cupcakes that I served at a Cinco de Mayo party!

coconut lime cupcakes for cinco de mayo

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4 Responses to “key lime pie-lets {recipe}”

Suzanne said...

I've never had key lime pie but I'm smitten with your presentation.

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Thank you, Suzanne! Try it--you will be in heaven!

Ann said...

Just made this pie (with an almond meal crust to make it gluten free). So easy and so delicious!

Unknown said...

Key lime pie is one of my absolute favorites! I haven’t made it in a while.

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