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No Bake Key Lime Pie


Sweet and salty just got even better with this No Bake Key Lime Pie.  A tart no bake lime filling is nestled inside a sweetened pretzel crust.  The best of both worlds and your world needs it!

No Bake Key Lime Pie

The smell of lime just might be my favorite smell in the entire world.  Of course, the taste isn’t bad either.  Today’s recipe for No Bake Key Lime Pie is totally awesome.  I love a good no bake dessert! 

The pretzel crust takes it over the top.  You know that my love of sweet and salty is huge and so this crust is a dream come true.  But, if you prefer something sweeter than I highly suggest this Nilla Wafer crust.  Either way this pie is refreshing and super easy to make.

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Why is using jarred key lime juice is a great option?

I am going to admit right now that I used lime juice from a jar.  First of all, have you ever tried juicing key limes?  To get a 1/2 cup you would literally need about 50 of those babies.  You know I am all about keeping things simple and thankfully you can buy Key Lime Juice at the grocery store in the juice aisle. 

Secondly, I live in a town where you have to…go with what you have got.  There was not even a key lime in Safeway, so I used a regular lime for the zest and garnish.

Pretzel Pie Crust

Begin by making the crust.  Measure 4 cups of small pretzels into a food processor {or Ziploc bag} and pulse until you have crumbs.  If you use a bag, roll with a rolling pin until you get the texture you desire.

This is how far I went with it but you could pulse them down even more.  Add the sugar and butter, pulse until combined.

Pour the mixture into a greased 9″ pie plate and press down using your finger tips or the bottom of a measuring cup.  Bake for 7-8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Pretzel Crust

Here is the lime juice, measured and ready to go.

No Bake Key Lime Filling

Begin by whipping the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.  I have tried using Cool Whip for this part and skip this step but it just doesn’t work as well.

The next step is to mix the softened cream cheese until smooth and then add the sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and lime zest.  Mix until completely incorporated.

Now, take the whipped cream and fold it into the lime mixture.  Be careful to not deflate the cream, as you mix it in.

No bake key lime filling

Pour the mixture into the baked and cooled shell and spread into an even layer.  Refrigerate for at least an hour.

No Bake Key Lime Pie

Once refrigerated, add some sweetened whipped cream {see recipe} and sliced of lime to finish the pie.

No Bake Key Lime Pie

Then cut a slice and enjoy.  It is salty, sweet, tangy and now my favorite pie EVER!  Now I just need to figure out how to add some tequila.  A margarita in a pie sounds like a fabulous idea to me!  Until then I will settle for a piece of this pie with a Perfect Margarita

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No Bake Key Lime Pie

A delicious No Bake Key Lime Pie is nestled inside a pretzel crust for a extra special flavor.
Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Pretzel Crust

  • 4 cups pretzels {1 3/4-2 cups crushed}
  • 3/4 cup butter {melted}
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar

No Bake Key Lime Filling

  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese {softened}
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • zest one lime

Sweetened Whipped Cream {optional}

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3-4 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9" pie plate with nonstick spray.  Crush pretzels in a food processor {or roll in a Ziploc bag}, then add melted butter and sugar until combined.  Press evenly into pie plate and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool completely. 
  • In a mixing bowl add 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl add cream cheese and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.  Once smooth, add sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and lime zest, mix until combined.  Fold in whipped heavy cream until incorporated.  Pour mixture into cooled crust and spread into an even layer.  Refrigerate for at least an hour, or until set.
  • Sweetened Whipped Cream:  Add whipped cream to a mixing bowl with powdered sugar, vanilla and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.  Pipe onto pie and garnish with lime slices, if desired.
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