Key Lime Pie with Macadamia Nut Crust

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Key Lime Pie with Macadamia Crust

There’s something about a good pie that makes me so happy. I guess because I don’t make them very often, they hold special occasion status for me. As much as I’d like to have a pie in my fridge all the time, I only make them when I know I’ll be serving a group of people. It’s totally because I don’t have enough willpower to stop myself from eating one straight out of the plate.

This key lime pie isn’t traditional, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t awesome. The filling is no-bake, which means minimal oven time while the crust bakes. I don’t know about you, but I love that in the summertime. The filling is reminiscent of one of my favorite cupcakes from the shop where I worked before Clara was born, and I find this pie every bit addictive as that cupcake. My favorite part, though, is the macadamia nut and shortbread crust. Graham crackers are just fine, but this crust is one you’ll want to eat before there’s even any filling inside of it. The texture of the crushed macadamias is a perfect contrast to the creamy, sweet-tart filling. As we gear up for more cookouts, I know I’ll be turning to this dessert over and over again.

If a whole pie isn’t your thing, these key lime pie bars are pretty high on my list of favorite summer desserts, too.

Key Lime Pie with Macadamia Crust

  • YIELD: 1 9-inch pie
  • For the crust:

  • 1 cup shortbread cookies, finely crushed

  • ½ cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted

  • For the filling:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 lime, zested

  • ½ cup fresh lime juice, preferably from key limes

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped

  • 1 lime, halved and thinly sliced

  • 1

    Heat oven to 400º. Combine the cookie crumbs, macadamia nuts and sugar in a small bowl. Mix in the melted butter with a fork, then pour the crust mixture into a 9-inch pie plate. Using the bottom of a drinking glass, press the mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Bake the crust for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.

  • 2

    Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth. Reduce speed to low and gradually pour in the milk, lime zest and lime juice. Increase speed to medium and continue beating until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Transfer the filling to the crust and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

  • 3

    When ready to serve the pie, beat the cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Spoon or pipe onto the chilled pie, then top with macadamia nuts (or toasted coconut). Place lime slices atop the pie as desired.

  • The USA Kiwi

    Wow – what BEAUTIFUL photos! That pie looks amazing…

    • Thanks! Believe it or not, I took this on top of a ping pong table right before we walked into a party. I wasn’t planning to get a photo, but the lighting was just so good at that moment that I couldn’t pass it up.

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    That crust is soooo yummy looking!! Such an awesome pie!

  • Coleen

    This reminds me so much of a key lime cheesecake I used to make at a restaurant just outside of Philly where I worked. The crust was made of macadamia nuts and graham crackers — it was my favorite part! Using shortbread instead sounds even more delicious.

  • Key lime to me just screams summer…yours looks delicious! 🙂

  • Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I love pie. Key Lime and Peanut butter are my two favorites IF I was pressed to choose. I am with you, I can’t have something like this in the fridge. I would end up eating the whole thing. Putting it in the freezer doesn’t work either. Sigh. I pinned this splendid pie with its toothsome crust AND the key lime bars you suggested.

  • Any time citrus is combined wit pie…I am SO INTO IT. Plus this is just a beauty. I’m not even sure I’d want to share it.

  • Kari

    Looks amazing!!
    I see in step 2 that you are supposed to add lime zest, but I don’t see lime zest in the ingredient list? How many limes should I zest to add?

    • It’s one lime. Thanks for catching that! I must’ve missed it when I was reformatting recipes for the new site.