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Classic Key Lime Pie

With a coconut almond shortbread crust, creamy zesty lime filling, and fresh whipped cream topping, this easy key lime pie is a refreshing must-have dessert for pie lovers!

The best key lime pie

This pie is my good luck charm! Last Mother’s Day we were able spend our time in Germany with my husband’s sister. We thought we’d take over dessert for the day and in talking with Karey, our sister, we were able to nail down the perfect treat – key lime pie. I think I searched all the depths of google to try to find something with the perfect tang and twist. 

I wrote down a long list of notes, with lots of things crossed out, rewritten, and crossed out again. When I felt like I finally had it – an obvious choice of a graham cracker crust and simple filling – the shopping list was ready. However, when we go to their market, I realized a teensy problem. No graham crackers! I turned to Karey in a very small panic and asked how they survive without graham crackers in their stores! Without even thinking, she said, “How about shortbread cookies?” I loved the idea. Throw in some almonds and coconut and it became the perfect nutty buttery crust I couldn’t have dreamed of on my own. 

With lots of fingers crossed, we baked it and I just prayed I didn’t ruin Mother’s Day. Just for some background, when recipe testing, I usually bake things multiple times until I feel absolutely confident in the results. BUT, by a miracle, this one turned out and is now a keeper for our family! I hope you enjoy every refreshing bite as much as we do. 

Classic Key Lime Pie

Lori Vaughn
With an almond shortbread crust, zesty lime filling, and fresh whipped cream topping, this easy key lime pie is a refreshing must-have dessert for pie lovers!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 45 mins
Servings 1 9" pie



  • 1 cup shortbread cookie crumbs (6-8 cookies)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 5 TB melted butter


  • 2 14 oz cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp lime zest

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar



  • Put shortbread cookies in a food processor or blender and pulse until it becomes fine crumbs. It should yield 1 cup of cookie crumbs.
  • Add almonds and coconut. Pulse again until fine. It's okay if there are a couple small chunks. Mix in butter till combined well.
  • Add this picture to a pie dish. Press tightly into bottom and sides.
  • Bake at 350° F for about 15 minutes or until slightly golden. Then set aside.


  • Whisk together egg yolks and then add remaining ingredients and whisk together well.
  • Pour into the baked pie crust.
  • Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. it's done when it's slightly jiggly, but firm on top. It will keep baking in the pan when you pull it out.
  • Cool completely and then let it continue to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight.


  • Make the whipped cream by prepping beaters and a bowl in the freezer to chill. Starting on low, beat the heavy cream and sugar together then slowly increase the speed and beat on medium high until soft peaks form.
  • Prior to serving top with whipped cream and lime zest.


Additional topping ideas:
  • Lime slices
  • Shortbread crumbs
  • Sliced almonds 
Keyword crust, dessert, easy, easy dessert, key lime, lime, pie
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Sharon Lloyd
Sharon Lloyd
2 years ago

5 stars
Keylime pie is my husband‘s absolute favorite, so I made this just for him. I gave it to taste because every single thing I’ve made of Lo’s has been delicious that I thought if I’m going to like a Keylime pie this one will be it!! As in general Keylime is not my favorite taste I definitely enjoyed this pie. My husband loved it!

2 years ago

5 stars
LOVE this recipe! Everyone I’ve shared it with has loved it as well. I don’t like coconut, so I add more almonds and cookies for the crust, and it is delicious!

2 years ago

5 stars
A crowd favorite! The hint of coconut in the crust is divine. We’ve made this many times for all different groups of family and friends and everyone just raves about it. You can’t go wrong with this key lime pie recipe.

7 months ago

Key Lime is my favourite pie and this was so quick, easy and delicious.