Key Lime Pies in a Jar

These Key Lime Pies in a Jar are not only cute, but delicious and so simple to make. They’re great for parties or as a memorable dessert for your family. I’ll teach you how to make them, plus give you a chance at winning one of my favorite cookbooks, Desserts in a Jar.

Key Lime Pies in a Jar -- not only are they cute, but delicious and SOOOO simple to make. Great for parties or as a memorable dessert for your family.

This week for #SundaySupper, our theme is Desserts in a Jar, inspired by the cookbook by Shaina Olmanson of the same name. I received this cookbook at the Mixed Conference and it’s one of my favorite cookbooks. I love making fun recipes in my kitchen, stuff that my family will always remember, and making a dessert in a jar is a PERFECT way to do that.

If you’d like your own copy of Shaina’s book, you’ll be happy to know that I am giving away a copy of it! Just check the end of this post to enter.  Also, many members of the Sunday Supper group are also giving away a copy of the book and have created our own Desserts in a Jar recipes. Check the end of this post to see all of their links — and feel free to enter on all the blogs to increase your chances of winning.

Key Lime Pie in a Jar

My contribution to the Desserts in a Jar Sunday Supper are Key Lime Pies in a Jar. I chose this because Key Lime is one of two pies that I love the most. The second kind is Lemon Meringue — but it’s a tie between both of them. It’s hard for me to pick one one I like more because I like them for different reasons and each one is just heavenly to me. But one thing that I love about key lime pie, over lemon meringue, is how easy it is to make. If you’ve never made one, you probably don’t realize just how easy it is.

One of the first steps is crushing up graham cracker crumbs. I do this in my food processor, but you could also put them in a zipper-style bag and crush them with a rolling pin. You could go even easier and buy pre-crushed graham cracker crumbs. The crumbs are mixed with a bit of sugar and melted butter. Then, you gently press some of the graham cracker crumb mixture into the bottom of 4 oz mason jars (those are the little ones).

Key Lime Pie in a Jar - Crust

For the filling, you’ll only need 3 things. Crazy, right? Only 3 ingredients: egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and key lime juice. For the juice, I use a bottle of Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice, which I can find in the baking aisle or near the cocktail area (near margarita mixes). All this is mixed up and smooth and blended. The mixture is divided between the mason jars.


Key Lime Pie in a Jar - Fill and Bake 2

The Key Lime Pies in a Jar are baked for about 15 minutes in the oven.

Key Lime Pie in a Jar - Baked

After they are refrigerated, and right before serving, top with some whipped cream. It’s also pretty to garnish with a bit of lime zest or even a small wedge of key lime.

Key Lime Pies in a Jar
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: Eight 4 oz jars
  • Serving size: 8
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup key lime juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter with a fork. Divide mixture among eight 4 oz canning jars (about 2 tablespoons per jar). Press crumbs down into the bottom of the jar.
  3. In medium bowl, combine egg yolks, milk, and juice. Beat on low, just until smooth. Spoon and divide mixture evenly into canning jars on top of the graham cracker crust (each jar will get a bit less than ¼ cup).
  4. Place jars on a baking sheet, about 2" apart from each other. Place in oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30-40 minutes on counter top. Cover jars (with canning lids, foil, plastic wrap, etc) and place in refrigerator to chill.
  5. When fully chilled and ready to serve, top with whipped cream and garnish with key lime zest and/or wedge (if desired).

Desserts in a Jar cookbook

Want to win a copy of Desserts in a Jar by Shaina Olmanson?

Harvard Commons Press has made it possible to give one of my readers their very own copy of Desserts in a Jar! To enter, just use the rafflecopter below! The only required entry is to leave a comment. I’ve also given you lots of ways to earn additional entries.

Also, don’t miss this amazing giveaway that’s happening tonight at 7pm EST at the #SundaySupper Twitter Chat: you could win tickets to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, FL, plus a 2 night stay during the conference at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek. All you have to do is join the chat on twitter by following and participating with the hashtag #SundaySupper. Plus, your participation in the chat gets you an extra entries into my cookbook giveaway!

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Want more awesome desserts in a jar? Check out these ideas from the #SundaySupper gang:

Key Lime Pies in a Jar

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    • Becca H. says

      I screwed up and bought bigger jars and sweetened lime juice. But they are in the oven now. I think they may be sweeter than the recipe intended, due to my lime juice, but I doubt the kids will care much!

  1. Diana @EatMoveShine says

    Brandie, these are fantastic! So pretty and love the small amount of ingredients! Great recipe, and so cute.

  2. says

    I take my breakfast, lunch, and snacks to work with me, so anything that is this convenient is extra awesome for me! I think this week’s cooking project will be to figure out which dairy substitute will work best for this.

  3. says

    Holy cannoli, Brandie, I can’t believe these gorgeous, flavourful little pies are so simple to make! And I love how the little 4 ounce jar provides automatic portion control, because Lord knows I don’t have the self-discipline to stop myself.

  4. Anne says

    I love the idea of desserts in jars–yummy, portion controlled, and pretty. And I’m getting lots of good recipes in the #SundaySupper this week, not the least of which is your lovely Key Lime Pies. Thanks.

  5. says

    I LOVE key lime pie – there is a place by my house that makes the best key lime pie I’ve ever tasted, and I always try to replicate. No luck yet, but I think I can keep trying 😉

  6. says

    Wow! What a fabulous idea! I am definitely doing this for the next family birthday party (which is, um, next week now that I think of it)! Thanks, Brandie!

  7. says

    I took a trip to Key Largo a few years back with my best friend, who was pregnant at the time. We used her preganancy as an excuse to eat key lime pie with lunch, dinner, and possibly a snack in between :) I must confess, I’ve never made it at home. But these jars are just too cute! I’ll give them a try this summer.

  8. says

    Those look so good–and they’re cute, too! I was looking for something quick and easy to serve at my MiA Party–something that wouldn’t scent the air, but would still be a nice summer treat. Thanks for sharing this recipe–I can’t wait to try it. Key Lime=Summer!

  9. says

    I just love your Pies In a Jar, key lime is a favorite flavor of ours. Have a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. says

    Love these! I love key lime pie and usually make it as little tartlets. But, I do have some of those tiny open mouth mason jars that have been calling my name. I definitely think I will have to make it this way at least once. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Roxy says

    Making this right now. Hubby loves the crust so I think I’ll add some crust towards the end on top to brown and serve with fresh Whipped / more like a parfait. Yummy!


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