Key Lime Tart

This recipe came about because I wanted dessert, but not a huge dessert. So I cut my favorite dessert in half, horizontally:

And this happened.

I love key lime pie so much – for some reason, lime is one of my very favorite flavors (also on the list are chocolate, hops and basil. Not together). Anyway, you can only buy key lime juice in one size of bottle – enough to make 4+ pies – and expires in November. I consider that a personal challenge.

Here’s the recipe for this delicious and deliciously easy dessert:


  • 1 package (not one box!) of graham crackers
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 4-6 Tbsp. melted butter (will depend on how dry it is, etc)

Filling (this is 1/2 the recipe on the back of Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Juice):

  • 1.5 egg yolks (yes, I’m sorry! Make an omelette!)
  • 7 oz. (1/2 of those little cans) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup Key Lime juice

Start with the crust – you don’t need to prebake it. Use the food processor to break the graham crackers up into crumbs and add the sugar in just to get a good mix.

In a separate bowl, put the mixture in with 4 Tbsp. of the butter. Use your fingers to mix and make sure every crumb is moistened. If there’s not enough, add a little bit more butter. In this case, an over-wet crust isn’t going to hurt you because there’s no actual leavening going on. Press the crumbs into a tart pan or pie tin.

Then, use a mixer to blend the filling ingredients together into a smooth, creamy yellow batter. Spread the filling into the tart pan and bake at 350 for about ten minutes – just until the top looks set. Garnish with limes, of course. :)


  1. This key lime tart/pie is great..I also crave key lime, almost as as piece of DARK chocolate

    Comment by Ina Stankiewicz — August 17, 2013 @ 8:46 am

  2. I have e-mail only – how do I print this. At my age too complicated stuff is not my thing. his recipe is perfect.

    Comment by Ina Stankiewicz — August 19, 2013 @ 8:06 am

  3. Thanks! But what size tart pan are you using? Recipe sounds delicious and easy too. Another key lime lover:)

    Comment by Diana Cullen — September 8, 2013 @ 5:58 am

  4. Hey Diana, I would say it’s about ten inches across. Thanks for reading! :)

    Comment by bekky — September 8, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

  5. I love Key Lime Pie, but couldn’t you just use a premade Graham cracker crust?

    Comment by Anita — September 16, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

  6. Hey Anita, you absolutely could! Thanks for reading :)

    Comment by bekky — September 17, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

  7. hey sorry to bother you, but i was wondering is this like a 4 person serving or is smaller? thanks

    Comment by lily — November 2, 2015 @ 5:25 pm

  8. It’s a 10-inch tart pan. I would say it’s about 8 servings!

    Comment by bekky — November 3, 2015 @ 1:33 pm

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