12 Tasty Recipes That Make Use of Key Limes, Including Pies, Cakes, and More
Also known as Mexican or West Indian limes, Key limes are prized for their high juice content and intense aroma. Not only does the flavorful citrus make an incredible Key Lime Pie, but it's also great for cookies, cupcakes, cocktails, and more. Luckily, Key limes are available year-round, which means you can make and enjoy this delightfully tart pie all year long!
Key limes are smaller than the standard Persian limes and have thin, leathery skin. Choose fruit that is heavy for its size, firm, and shiny, and avoid any that have bruises or blemishes. Key limes can be stored on the counter at room temperature for up to one week or in the refrigerator, preferably in the crisper drawer, for up to two weeks.
We'd be remiss if we didn't include a classic Key Lime Pie recipe—each bite will transport you to a tropical oasis. This timeless dessert features a graham cracker pie crust, a rich filling made from egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and Key lime juice. Don't forget the whipped cream topping! Garnish with toasted coconut flakes and lime zest for an irresistible dessert. For a creative spin on another tried-and-true, zesty treat, try our Key Lime Bundt Cake. We use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour in the batter, which keeps it super light and airy. Another trick for creating a moist cake? Brushing the warm, baked treat with simple syrup (a combination of sugar and water); we've taken this version to the next level by swapping the usual water for Key lime juice. The recipes we're sharing are inspired by Key lime pie and are sure to please—and maybe even cause you to pucker up.
Key Lime Bundt Cake
No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake
Key Lime-Pie Sundaes
Mango-Key Lime Tart
Coconut-Key Lime Squares
The secret behind these sensational lime bars? Adding shredded coconut and white chocolate to the buttery shortbread crust.
Key Lime Whoopie Pies
Key lime juice and zest add complexity to the simple cream cheese filling sandwiched between these cinnamon whole-wheat cookies.
Key Lime Pie
A textbook version of the classic—you can't go wrong with Key lime pie! It can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Top with freshly whipped cream and toasted coconut just before serving.
Key Lime Thumbprints
Key lime juice and zest amp up the filling for these cakey vanilla cookies. The recipe can be made from start to finish up to two days ahead. Don't forget to dust with plenty of confectioners' sugar before serving!
Key Lime Cupcakes
Coconut-Key Lime Pie
Adding coconut milk to the filling elevates a classic Key lime pie. A combination of sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened coconut milk, and seven egg yolks create a rich and decadent filling.
You need to juice a whopping 20 Key limes for these crowd-pleasing bars inspired by Key lime pie, but the results are so worth the effort. The graham cracker crumb crust is topped with a creamy citrus filling made from lime juice, egg yolks, heavy cream, and sweetened condensed milk.