Creamy Key Lime Pie

Creamy Key lime pie on a plate surrounded by limes

This Creamy Key Lime Pie is baked to perfection in a homemade graham cracker crust and has the perfect balance of sweetness and tang. This is the perfect cool creamy treat that will make you keep going back for more . When I was growing up this type of pie was always in the fridge during the warmer months. My Dad was a pie fanatic and to keep him happy my Mom would a keep simple No bake Lemon or Key Lime pie in the Ice Box. This pie is a little different than those no bake kind, the cream cheese lends a creaminess similar to a cheesecake but not as heavy.


What you need to make a Creamy Key Lime Pie:

Here are a few questions about this Pie:

  1.  Can I use a store bought crust ? The answer is yes , just pour the filling in there and bake . BUT..always a but lol… I never tested it this way but I recommend the deep dish type .
  2. Can I use another type of Lime Juice? Yes you can but Key Lime juice has a specific flavor . If you use real key limes they are very seasonal and it will take a lot of key limes for this pie.
  3. Do I have to use cream in the pie Filling? You can sub the cream in the filling with something lighter like milk without messing up the end result
  4. Do I have to make homemade whipped cream for the topping? You don’t have to but why use Cool Whip or RediWhip when everything else is homemade?

Let’s Make Pie !!


ingredients for the filling of creamy key lime pie

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and mix all the ingredients to the crust in a bowl. Press into a 9-9.5 pie plate and bake for 10 minutes. Allow the crust to cool completely.  For more tips on a Homemade Graham Cracker Crust see my recipe HERE.

baked graham cracker crust

For the filling beat the cream cheese until smooth . Add the sweetened condensed milk and beat until incorporated. Add one egg at a time , beating in between until smooth. Add the cream and mix until smooth. Pour into the prepared Pie crust and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Filling for the creamy key lime pie not baked

Once the pie is cooled chill for at least three hours . Right Before serving prepare the whipped cream Either pipe it on , spread it on top of pie or a dollop on each piece. The choice is yours!

Creamy Key Lime Pie Slice on a plate

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Creamy Key Lime Pie

This Creamy Key Lime Pie is baked to perfection in a homemade graham cracker crust and has the perfect balance of sweetness and tang. 
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Chill 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8


Graham Cracker Crust *See Notes

  • 1 1/2 cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter

Creamy Key Lime Filling

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese -Room Temperature
  • 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup Key Lime Juice ** See Notes

Whipped Cream Topping

  • 3/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanillas Extracts


Graham Cracker Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix together the 3 ingredients of the crust
  • Press into a 9-9.5 inch pie plate
  • Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool completely

Creamy Key lime pie filling

  • In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and creamy
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk and until it is incorporated
  • Add Key Lime juice and mix well
  • Beat in one egg at a time
  • Add cream and mix until everything is incorporated
  • Pour into the prepared crust
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and allow cool to room temperature
  • Chill for at least 3 hours before serving

Whipped Cream

  • Pour Cream , powdered sugar and vanilla into a bowl and whip with a wire whisk attachment until soft peaks form
  • Either pipe or spread whipped cream on the pie or individual slices


Key Lime Juice has a specific , for this pie I used Nellie & Joe\'s  Key West Lime Juice but fresh Key Lime juice could be used as well. 
If you need more directions on the Graham Cracker Crust click HERE
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3 years ago

Delicious, creamy and yum. My family to love it. Thanks for such an awesome detailed recipe.

3 years ago

I am absolutely obsessed with anything Lime, yet have never made a key lime pie before because it seems so complicated, however after reading your recipe it seems so simple! I’m going to try it for myself this weekend!

3 years ago

Planning to make this over the weekend, so excited! I can’t believe I’ve never tried key lime pie before. It looks really good!

3 years ago

What a beautiful pie. Looks absolutely delicious. Perfect for upcoming Spring. I just saved the recipe. Can’t wait to make this for my family.

Lauren Vavala
3 years ago

I still can’t believe that I’ve never had key lime pie! I even went to Key West where it was EVERYWHERE and never tried it. Saving this recipe to make asap with the kids – sounds soooo good!

3 years ago

I have never actually had key lime pie so I guess this is my sign to make it! It looks really delicious and creamy on top. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I cant wait to try it out

3 years ago

This pie came out perfectly thanks to your easy to follow instructions and beautiful pictures. Will be making this one again soon!!

Loreto Nardelli
3 years ago

Your Key lime Pie looks do beautiful. I can just taste the first bit. Lime cream a flacky crust, plus whip cream! Absolutely luxurious!

Mama Maggie's Kitchen
Mama Maggie's Kitchen
3 years ago

This looks so so good. My husband will love this Creamy Key Lime Pie for sure!

Michelle Boule
Michelle Boule
3 years ago

I made this over the weekend and it was a hit in our house. It made us feel like we were on vacation somewhere by a beach instead of being snowed in!

2 years ago

I guess the order of mixing the Key Lime juice into the filling is not critical? In the description and in the printable recipe there is no mention of when to add the lime juice to the filling batter.

Tom Reigle
Tom Reigle
11 months ago

5 stars
Hey, where’re all the guy cooks?? I wanted to chime in on making Key Lime pie. I was buying pies from my local Publix food store and one day I asked one of the ladies in the bakery what recipe they “used” for their pies! She replied, “Mr. Tom, I will deny ever telling you this but get yourself a bottle of ‘Nellie and Joe’s famous Key Lime juice’ and follow the recipe on the label. I’ve been working here for a number of years and that’s the only recipe we have ever used!”

That was almost 6 years ago, and I have made more of those pies than I will ever admit to making and I have saved a cookie jar or more of money over the, now about 12 bucks or more, Publix bakery Key Lime pies! I can make 3 or more of those tasty delights for less than one of the Publix pies and my waistline can PROVE every word I have said!! So, if you simply use a can of sweetened condensed milk and I use Keebler deep dish graham crusts [because I’m old and lazy], and Nellie and Joe’s” juice, you will be eating a genuine Publix Key Lime pie minus the trimmings they put on top. I usually cut a slice and pile a large high mound of extra thick Reddi whip on top. [because I’m still old and lazy]!!

Edit: Oh and you have to add 3 beaten large eggs to the mix to make the magic happen!!

Once you try real Key Lime pie, you will not find another lime pie to compare! Don’t even try to use plain ol’ limes, they will absolutely be the worst pie you ever tasted! Well, maybe not THE WORST but, there is nothing to compare to a real Key Lime pie, nowhere, no-how, no-never you mind!!

Last edited 11 months ago by Tom Reigle