Key Lime Pie Minis

Foodie Lit

The creamy tangy sweet filling is a perfect match for the crumbly, crunchy graham crackers. Usually you see this dessert as a full pie, but we like to prepare these in individual portions, which makes a gorgeous presentation.

 

This no bake version is a great dessert for the hot summer months when you don’t want to stay in a hot kitchen! A cool smooth, scrumptious taste is enhanced by the sweet grahams crackers crumble crust and topping. The small individual portions make serving easy.

Recipe is below.

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The difficulties of ex-felons reestablishing themselves is a main part of A Girl Like That. Author Mary Flinn told me, “Elle knows too well the effects of prejudice on her life. Despite her good looks and talent for acting, she is rarely able to experience kindness from her peers or their families…. Elle doesn’t understand how to trust others and comes to expect disappointment at every turn.”  She has developed the lack of self-esteem of so many ex-felons. “I never heard the words I love you from anyone other than Granny.” 

 

This is a wonderful and complex story of second chances.

Key Lime Pie Minis

Yield 10-12 cups

 

Filling

1 pound cream cheese, softened

2 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk

¾ cup key lime juice, about 5 limes

 

Graham Cracker Crumble

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

¼ cup sugar

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/8 teaspoon salt

Lime slices, optional garnish

  1. To make the filling, whip cream cheese and condensed milk together in a mixer until smooth.

  2. Gradually add lime juice, mix well and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.

  3. Mix crumble ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.

  4. Scoop 2-3 tablespoons of crumbs into each cup, shake gently to level, and top with ¼ cup key lime filling. Sprinkle with another tablespoon of crumbs on the top.

  5. Garnish with lime slices.

expandthetable suggestions

Gluten Free:  Substitute gluten free graham crackers crumbled into small pieces for graham cracker crumbs.
Dairy Free: Use a dairy free cream cheese. Substitute 2-14 ounce cans of coconut milk, full fat mixed with 1 ½ cup powdered sugar. Substitute dairy free margarine for butter in crumble.

Lower the Sugar: Use Stevia in place of sugar in the crumble

Whole Pie: To make a whole pie, pour filling into a homemade or store-bought graham cracker pie shell. May pipe whipped cream on top of pie.

Evaporated Milk: Use 2 1/4 cup in place of the 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk with 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool and proceed with recipe.

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