Key Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, it’s  time to think about green food! This scrumptious Key Lime Pie is one blissful option!Key Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust | A classic recipe with a zesty punch of citrus!


Key Lime Pie

Once again, we’re a family divided. One of us does not like lime desserts. Lemon treats thrill his taste buds, but lime is another story. Yes, it IS annoying when I want to indulge in just a sliver of Key Lime Pie but the hubby has no interest in even a sliver. Thank goodness for girlfriends as I could easily lose my skinny chick status if this whole pie was tempting me hour after hour and day after day.Key Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust | A classic recipe with a zesty punch of citrus!

Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month we’re sharing Irish or Green recipes in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day You’ll certainly find a delicious recipe to add to your repertoire! I’m delighted to be hosting the event this month.  We have a full menu of dishes including appetizers, sides, an entree and desserts. You’ll certainly find a delicious recipe to add to your holiday table!
Key Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust | A classic recipe with a zesty punch of citrus!Progressive Eats

Our St. Patrick’s Day Menu:


  • Spinach Feta Rugelach from Mother Would Know


Main Course


Veggies/Side Dishes


  • Key Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Key Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Serves 6-8 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Classic Key Lime Pie adapted from Epicurious


    Graham cracker crust

    • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 5 tablespoons butter, melted


    • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh Key lime juice (may substitute standard lime juice)
    • 2 teaspoons very fine lime zest


    • 3/4 cup chilled heavy cream
    • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
    • Lime slices, optional
    • Lime zest, optional


    1. Make crust:
    2. Preheat oven to 350°.
    3. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl with a fork until combined well, then press mixture evenly onto bottom and up side of a 9-inch pie plate.
    4. Bake for 10 minutes and cool in pie plate on a rack. Leave oven on.
    5. Make filling and bake pie:
    6. Whisk together condensed milk and yolks in a bowl until combined well. Add juice and zest and whisk until combined well .
    7. Pour filling into crust and bake in middle of oven 15 minutes. Cool pie completely on rack (filling will set as it cools), then chill, covered, at least 8 hours.
    8. Make topping:
    9. Just before serving, beat cream with powdered sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Serve pie topped with cream. Garnish with lime slices or zest if desired.


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 559kcal Calories from fat 276
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 31g48%
    Saturated Fat 18g90%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 186mg62%
    Sodium 182mg8%
    Carbohydrate 65g22%
    Dietary Fiber 1g4%
    Sugars 54g
    Protein 9g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    1. Spectacular! I literally said “wow” when the pic loaded, it’s a beautiful pie:@)

    2. This might sound funny, but I only know key lime pie from movies and the bakery-style games I used to play when I was younger…. We don’t have ANYTHING like it here in the Netherlands! This Friday I have some friends coming over, and I am still looking for a dessert to wow them… This might just be it 😉
      Looking great once again!

    3. Magnificent! Simple yet elegant garnish…I love it!

    4. I love key lime pie, what a fantastic colour. Love the sound of the crust too!

    5. Claudia Lamascolo says:

      A speciality in Florida and yours looks better than anything I have ever seen here!

    6. That is one gorgeous pie Liz! Key lime is a favorite with everyone around here so I know this pretty dessert wouldn’t last long!

    7. A personal favorite of mine Liz! Your presentation is stunning. I can almost taste it now 🙂

    8. Mmmm, I adore Key Lime Pie – pass me a big ol’ slice!

    9. Your key lime pie is just stunning, Liz! Lemon and lime desserts are my absolute favorite and I’ll gladly help finish any that are left 🙂

    10. It’s just so gorgeous, Liz. Thank you for a wonderful theme this month. And I will gladly help you finish a key lime pie or any pie for that matter.

    11. I love that you chose a green dessert for St Patrick’s without making it really green, Liz! It looks absolutely stunning and sounds delicious too. I still wish I could taste a key lime, though. Us folks in Paris don’t have access to them but one day I’ll come to the US when they’re in season – they sound extraordinary. Love your presentation x

    12. It sounds delicious, but pics, etc aren’t loading. Love the pie though!

    13. This might sound INSANE but I have never had key lime pie before….. And now I really can’t unless I figure out a way to make it work for my diet. Your creation looks so stinking good though!!!

    14. absolutely delicious Lizzy!!

    15. I love the pretty green lime slices on top! Now, I’m pondering my St. Patrick’s Day menu.

    16. What a gorgeous dessert!

    17. that’s beautiful! almost too pretty to eat

    18. Ooo… I am drooling ! I have very sweet tooth and this looks like mine kind of THING ! Yumm….
      Hope you’re having a great week.
      Blessings, Kristy

    19. Yep! This is how I make mine, too! The BIG difference is that mine never looks like this stunning beauty! And luckily we are a family of lime lovers, but Zoe just found out that she breaks out in hives whenever whe has limes. No more margs for her! And this pie is her favorite!

    20. Such a showstopping pie! I love anything lime, and this looks exceptional!

    21. What a pretty looking key lime pie, Liz. Stunning. This pie is making me drool. I make mine with digestive biscuits, next time it’s gonna be your recipe. I wish I could have a huge slice right away. YUM.

    22. LOVE Key Lime pie. My favorite. I love lemon (I’m a lemon freak) and of course lemon meringue pie. But Key Lime is better. Yours looks totally gorgeous — good job. Thanks!

    23. Beautiful! I wouldn’t mind a slice of that delicious pie!

    24. I love anything that has lemon or lime, this pie is just perfect in anyway possible…gorgeous pictures Liz…I would love a slice of this pie.
      Thanks for this fabulous post…I hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

    25. Liz that is a gorgeous presentation. I like this pie a lot and it is my mom’s favortie! Can,t alwasy fin the Key Limes though 🙁

    26. Your pie is beautifully decorated for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. We used to live in the Keys and this was the most served dessert down there.

    27. We love key lime pie in our house! In fact, weirdly, it is a Thanksgiving tradition for us. My son usually makes it and was even featured in our local newspaper’s food section! We also have a lime tree and can never quite keep up with the supply. This is so gorgeous Liz!

    28. I am tickled pink with all of the beautiful fresh spring desserts being shared. This pie is the picture of perfection and I can’t wait to try it.

    29. You pie makes me green with envy. Actually the whole menu does too. GREG

    30. Key Lime Pie is a splendid choice for a St Patrick’s Day holiday dessert =) You could definitely keep your skinny status at the Ninja Baker’s house with this pie =)

    31. Ahhhh… Key Lime Pie is one of my favorites. This looks dee-lish.

    32. I’m hiding this post from my husband. He and I both are HUGE key lime pie lovers, but the problem is that since it’s just the two of us, it would be dangerous to have a whole pie in the house. Yours look so good that it would be impossible to resist!

    33. laura@motherwouldknow says:

      Liz, This pie is absolutely gorgeous! I’m a huge key lime pie fan. But I’ve never seen a key lime pie quite so lovely. I rarely pick up a pastry bag. However, now that I’ve seen what you’ve done, I must try your topping with thin lime slices next time. PS – I once tried juicing key limes. But ever since that unhappy experience, I’ve always used “regular” limes for the juice and zest and no one has ever known the difference.


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