Key lime pie

What’s better than key lime pie? Little miniature key lime pies!

Is it just me or do teeny tiny versions of food taste better? Individual key lime pies > actual key lime pie.

Summer and key lime pie go together like jerry and bencheese, jerry and maccheese, vacation and margaritas. Key lime pie is the type of dessert that takes barely any effort, which makes it perfect when the weather’s warm. AKA when there’s a million other things you’d rather be doing than slaving away in a hot kitchen.

What makes key lime pie even easier (and quicker! ) is baking it in a muffin pan rather than in a pie pan. Less bake time, less slicing, less chill time. PLUS (and this is the best part! ) it is perfectly acceptable to have more than one. Not to mention, mini key lime pies are totally kid-friendly. Little hands, little appetites, little pies! I love these things.

How to make these adorable little treats? Let’s take a trip back to last month when I taught you how to make the perfect graham cracker crust. This is the same exact graham cracker crust recipe I use for cheesecakes, pies and cakes and more. Its buttery and slightly crisp texture is the exact contrast I want with my little key lime pies.

3 ingredients = butter, graham crackers, sugar. So you know it’s good.

To ensure a compact crust, make sure you press the mixture tightly into each individual muffin cup. You’ll use a little over 1 Tablespoon of crust in each individual pie.

Then, pour the key lime pie filling evenly into each.

The filling issweet and tart, and creamy. Exactly as key lime pie should be.

The key lime pie filling has, get this, only 4 ingredients. If you added that up with the crust (I don’t expect you to. It’s summertime.), that is a whopping 7 INGREDIENTS for the entire recipe! Why are we not making these tiny key lime pies more often.

Cream cheese acts as the base of the filling recipe, giving the filling a little structure and a subtle cheesecake flavor. Also providing a little structure, as well as a rich texture, are egg yolks. Besides, those two, we’ve got sweetened condensed milk which is an obvious must in my key lime pies. AND… drum roll please… key lime juice!

So easy, it feels like vacation. And the first bite will actually transport you to the Florida Keys.

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