A No-Bake Key Lime Pie In a Jar

Tuesday, March 23,2021

Spring is here and we are having those crazy spring days of winter one day and a tease of summer the next. I’m certainly looking forward to having some consistently warmer weather.

I’m all in for spring!

The evenings are staying light longer and I am thinking about all kinds of warm weather fun around the yard. A little gardening & alfresco dining and some fun summer recipes are on the menu.

And that means I couldn’t wait to share this cute little dessert with you.

I’m sure that the three words Cute. Little. Dessert doesn’t quite give you a picture of what that could be;)

You know those tiny mason jars… the ones that you sometimes get jam or jellies in?

Yea, one of those.

This recipe is for a No-Bake Key Lime Pie in a Jar.

It just might be one of the cutest summer desserts ever because it is made in one of those tiny mason jars.

Ingredients: (I changed up the amounts of a few things)

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream, divided plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons key lime juice, about 2 key limes (save a lime for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon key lime zest, about 2 key limes
  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar (divided, 3 tbsp. in pie filling & 2 in whip cream topping)
  • 4 oz mason jar
  • Container of Cool Whip (If you’d prefer to skip making your own whip cream)

How to make a Key Lime Pie

1.In a small bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and mix with a fork until the texture resembles wet sand. Set aside.

Graham cracker crumbs

2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, condensed milk, and 1 tablespoon heavy cream with an electric hand mixer until smooth and thick and the beaters leave a ribbon when lifted out of the bowl, 3-4 minutes. Using a flexible spatula, fold in the key lime juice and ½ teaspoon key lime zest until just combined.

Cream cheese with 1 Tblsp of heavy whipping cream

3. Place the jars on a baking sheet. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the crumb mixture into each jar. Press down firmly on the crumbs in the jars to form a packed, even layer.

4. Divide the filling evenly between the jars, about ¼ cup per jar. Cover the jars with the lids and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.

5. In a medium bowl, whip the remaining ⅓ cup heavy cream and the powdered sugar with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks form.

6. When ready to serve, top each jar with a dollop of whipped cream, ½ teaspoon lime zest, & 1/2 slice of lime for garnish. Serve immediately.


This might be the perfect spring/summer dessert!

It’s quick & easy!

This might be the best picnic dessert as well. With the lid on, (minus the lime garnish) put the jar and in your cooler & you are ready to go.

Really aren’t they just the cutest???

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and letting me share a little spring/summer dessert in a jar.

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