Craving something sweet? These Mini Key Lime Pies are fun to make and oh so easy too!
A pint-sized version of my family’s favorite pie, these mini key lime pies are downright delicious!
They’re sweet yet oh so tart, relying on a hearty dollop of whipped cream to tame the citrusy bite of lime.
To make things oh so easy, I used pre-made 3-inch graham cracker crusts that were on sale (buy one get one free – whoo!!!!) at my local grocery store.
Feel like making your own crusts? Grab your go-to graham cracker crust recipe and press it into mini tart pans. You may end up with a different number of pies based on size (more for smaller tart pans and less for larger ones) but either way you’ll have mini key lime pies ready for faceplanting! WOOT!
Mini Key Lime Pies
Looking for a full-size key lime pie instead? Try my Father-in-Law’s awesome recipe! It’s essentially the same recipe as below but poured into a standard size graham cracker crust instead of the minis.
Easy peasy *LIME* squeezy!
Enough small talk, these bad boys speak for themselves. Let’s get our recipe on!
Mini Key Lime Pies
- 12 3-inch mini graham cracker crusts (I used Keebler brand)
- 21 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 2 large eggs
- 8 oz Nellie and Joe’s Key West Lime Juice
- 1 thinly sliced lime to garnish , optional
HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3-4 TBSP powdered sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Gently mix eggs and condensed milk with a hand mixer.
- Continue to beat on LOW while SLOWLY adding lime juice. Mix until juice has been incorporated into the filling.
- Pour into store-bought mini graham cracker crusts. Keelber makes mini crusts in little foil pie tins and they're super convenient for this recipe!
- Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes. Filling will be wiggly and pale. (should not be browned at all) Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack then transfer to fridge for 2-3 hours or until nice and cold. May chill overnight if desired.
- If making the homemade whipped cream, first place the beaters from an electric hand mixer and a large glass or stainless steel bowl in freezer. Keep cream in the fridge until ready to whip.
- After they’ve had time to chill (approx. 10-15 min) add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract to your bowl. Start mixing on low speed, then increase the speed to medium-high until soft or stiff peaks form.
- Place bowl in fridge until ready to decorate. Pipe onto the pies using a star tip and piping bag or simply serve a dollop of fresh whipped cream on each mini pie. Thinly sliced lime wedge make a pretty garnish.
If you get a chance to try these key lime pies, let me know!
Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
hungry for more?
Keep the key lime love going with my tasty Key Lime Pie Energy Bites or whip up a fluffy stack of Key Lime Pancakes!
Looking for another delicious dessert recipe to try? Around here we are OBSESSED with my easy Homemade Cookie Cake and also make my small batch Pumpkin Cupcakes year-round thanks to canned pumpkin from my local grocery store!
Feeling those fruit Spring and Summer vibes? Whip up this berry-kissed Red White and Blueberry Berry Trifle featuring fresh berries and fluffy pound cake. Delicious!
I’ve made this recipe multiple times and it always turns out fantastic, even though I never really measure the sweetened condensed milk!
So beyond stoked you’re enjoying it — thank you Karlie!
I absolutely love this recipe! My family is obsessed, thank you!
So happy to hear it Bridget — thank you!!
¡Me encantó esta receta!
Made my 1st ever Key Lime mini pie. Thank you for making it amazingly easy and tastes fabulous if I say so myself.
Took a second to figure out how to cook the 12 (cookie sheet or directly on rack). Some think too easy to mention but some of us are that inexperienced. My mom had to tell me to cook the noodles before layering the lasagna. Lol.
**Must try. You will love it.
is it 21oz of sweetened condensed milk? 1 can is 14 oz — do I use 2 cans measuring out 21 oz?
Hi Louise! Since there are a variety of can sizes and I like to go by weight, I use a little kitchen scale and pour my cans into the bowl to reach 21 ounces of sweetened condensed milk. I find I get super accurate results this way and the pie is always fantastic! My MIL likes to sneak the leftovers (lol) but I’ll typically save any left over to make mini pies. I’m working on getting that recipe posted once we finish our move. Hope this helps! xoxo
These mini pies are the highlight of every party I’ve hosted..co-hosted. I do freeze them, even after they’ve cooled from baking. Just make sure you have room in the freezer. I will sometimes make a batch and freeze individually (wrapped well to prevent freezer burn), for a quick unexpected visitor or just self indulgence in lieu of chocolate or ice cream.
These are sooo good! Made them last night for company and they were a quick easy dessert. I halved the recipe as I only had six crusts and they came out perfect. Thank you for this recipe. Saving to remake.
Can these be frozen???
Hi Gabriella! I’ve seen some frozen key lime pies around the internet (including one from the lovely Ina Garten) so I believe you could freeze these. According to her instructions, you would skip the baking step and freeze the pie after pouring the lime curd into the graham cracker crust. She also suggests removing the pie from the freezer fifteen minutes before serving.
Can these be frozen?
Hi Cindy! I’ve never frozen a key lime pie before (we just chill ours in the fridge) but Ina Garden (Barefoot Contessa) freezes hers so I’m guessing it’s a thing!
I just made these and I’m concerned how to store these. Covered with Saran type wax paper? Thank you. BTW they look delicious
Hi Carmella! I placed them in my 9×13 glass baking dishes and then saran wrapped the top of the dish. It was high enough that the tops of the pies were not touched at all. Lidded food containers will work as well as long as they’re high enough for the pies. So excited for you to try them! xoxo
Loved these refreshing treats. Served them as snacks for the kiddos while we were playing out in this Florida heat. Brilliant idea turning them into minis!
I’m so glad y’all enjoyed them!