This No Bake Key Lime Pie Recipe is a sweet but tangy summer dessert you’ll want to make again and again!
Key lime pie is just one of those flavors that screams “summer”, don’t you think? Not just the beginning of summer but the dog days of summer too, those days so hot and dry that all you want to do is sit in front of the air conditioning or lay next to the pool. That’s the essence of the key lime pie flavor. (Am I the only one that associates certain flavors with certain types of days like that?!)
As we head into late summer, we’re definitely in the perfect time of year for key lime pie….and also the perfect time of the year to not heat up the oven. That’s why I love this No Bake Key Lime Pie recipe so much. No hot kitchen and a delicious dessert to enjoy by the pool.
Now, to be clear, you do have the option of making this No Bake Key Lime Pie 100% no bake by purchasing a graham cracker pie crust or making it as an Icebox Key Lime Pie with a homemade vanilla wafer crust. Both ways are delicious and honestly, whether or not I make my own crust depends entirely on how lazy I’m feeling.
Either way, the filling of this No Bake Key Lime Pie can be whipped together in just a few minutes and tastes so refreshing. I love serving this up in the summer to guests at parties or just enjoying a slice by the pool. Now that I’ve shared it with friends, I get requests to make it all the time!
What Is the Difference Between Key Lime Juice and Lime Juice? Key limes and limes are not the same. Key limes originated in Asia and are smaller, with a thin yellowish skin. The difference in the juice between key lime juice and lime juice is small but important when making desserts like this icebox key lime pie. Key lime juice is much more aromatic with a stronger, bolder flavor.
Other no-bake desserts you might like:
- Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
- Microwave Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
- Boozy (or not) Frozen Margarita Pie Recipe
- Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
- Golden Graham Rice Krispies Treats
- Easy, No Bake Mini Cheesecake Bites
- Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie Recipe
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This easy and oh-so-yummy Key Lime Pie is the ultimate summer dessert! It’s a no bake key lime pie if you use a store-bought crust. (If you prefer a homemade crust, I’ve included a fabulous recipe made with vanilla wafer cookies!)
- +/- 40 vanilla wafer cookies
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 1 ½ tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 cup key lime juice (about a pound of key limes will give 1/2 to 3/4 cup of juice -room temp to release most juice)
- 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- (optional) Up to 3 to 4 drops each yellow and green food coloring to achieve desired coloring
- 1 8 oz container whipped topping, divided
- Additional lime slices and cookie crumbs for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Combine cookies, sugar and butter in a food processor and process till everything is combined.
- Press cookie crumb mixture into 9 inch pie plate.
- Bake the crust for 9 minutes.
- Place on rack to cool.
- Zest limes to measure 3 tsp zest.
- Juice limes to equal ½ cup juice.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together until combined. Stir in zest and juice.
- Add optional food coloring until the desired color is achieved.
- Gently fold in whipped topping.
- Pour mixture into crust and refrigerate at least an hour.
- Garnish pie with remaining whipped topping and lime slices.
- For an even easier pie and completely no bake pie – use a store bought graham cracker crust.
- Make sure your cream cheese has come to room temp before beating – otherwise you might have lumps in the cream cheese.
Keywords: pie, dessert, lime, no bake
About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.