This Key Lime Pies in a Jar recipe makes easy and delicious individually sized desserts in small 4 ounce mason jars that are great for parties or as a memorable dessert for your family. You’re going to love these!
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This week for #SundaySupper, our theme is Desserts in a Jars, inspired by the “Dessert in Jars” cookbook by Shaina Olmanson. 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.
My contribution to the Desserts in a Jar Sunday Supper is this Mini Key Lime Pies in a Jar recipe. 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 to making your Mini Key Lime Pies in a Jar 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).
For the Mini Key Lime Pie in a Jar filling, you’ll only need 3 ingredients. 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 on Amazon or in the baking aisle or near the cocktail area (near margarita mixes) of your grocery store. All this is mixed up and smooth and blended. The mixture is divided between the mason jars.
The Key Lime Pies in a Jar are baked for about 15 minutes in the oven.
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.
Mini Key Lime Pies in a Jar Recipe
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Mini Key Lime Pies in a Jar Recipe
- Yield: 0 Eight 4 oz jars
- 1 cup crushed graham crackers
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 3 egg yolks
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup key lime juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 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.
- 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 1/4 cup).
- 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.
- When fully chilled and ready to serve, top with whipped cream and garnish with key lime zest and/or wedge (if desired).
- Serving Size: 8
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