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If you like sweet with a little tart, this pie is for you.  It is a sweet, creamy, slightly tart, and a very light pie.  It reminds me of summertime, but it is delicious any time of the year.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best pie, key lime pie, pie, pies
Servings: 8
Calories: 1776kcal
Author: Diane Roark


  • pie plate
  • mixer


  • 13 Whole Graham Cracker 1-1/2 packs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 14 ounce cans Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3/4 Key Lime Juice Use bottle Key Lime Juice if you cannot find fresh ones


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Use a food processor, I have a mini food processor, to combine the graham crackers, butter, and brown sugar.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom and side of a 9-inch pie pan, forming a border around the edge.  Bake the crust until set and golden, about ten minutes.
  • While crust is cooling, begin with softened cream cheese and mix it smooth with an electric mixer.  Blend in sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice.  Next, mix in eggs one at a time.
  • Pour the pie filling into the crust and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.  Insert a toothpick in the center of the pie.  The filling should stick to the toothpick and not be runny.
  • With the mixer on high whip up one cup of heavy whipping cream.  When it starts to get thick, add confectioners sugar and cornstarch.
  • Place the whipped cream in a pastry bag with a large tip, I use 1M and pipe a decoration around the pie.  Swirl it around the edges of the pie like drawing circles.
  • Last, zest one lime of the top of the pie.  Do not skip this step.  It adds color and additional flavor.


When ready to serve, use the mixing bowl you place in the freezer to make the whipped topping.  YES!  You could use a frozen whipped topping but you will be missing out!!!!!!


Calories: 1776kcal | Carbohydrates: 198g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 101g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 201mg | Sodium: 1501mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 1329IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 8mg