No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

Many years ago, BC (before children) I had the glorious pleasure of visiting the southern most point in the US, Key West! The hubs and I drank cocktails while we walked around the city, swam in a black bottom pool (super cool), hung out at Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite bar, went snorkeling and of course…had key lime pie!

Pretty sure it was the first time I ever had it, definitely not a big Lebanese dessert. But I was intrigued…tart and sweet and light as a feather. I could see exactly why this dessert was popular down south. The citrus was super refreshing on those hot days.

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake
A little whipped cream jazzes these easy desserts up!

Key Limes

Upon further research, I learned that Key Lime Pie was very specific to the Keys, as these little gems are produced down there. They are smaller and seedier than traditional Persian limes, have a higher acidity, a stronger aroma and a thinner rind. They only come around certain times of the year so I would grab them when you can! For the juiciest results, wait until these little gems become a little more yellow to extract the juice.

I saw a glorious bag of these guys in the store not long ago and thought….hmmmm, a citrus, refreshing dessert would be wonderful. But I truly had zero desire to make curd and meringue, lazy summer days, am I right? Enter these no bake, super simple mini Key Lime Pie cheesecakes.

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake
Easy, elegant and so delicious!

Key Lime Cheesecake

A layer of graham cracker crumb a hint of ginger and glorious key lime juice whipped with a light and airy cheesecake filling (egg free!!) Desserts like this are made for summer days and super easy, stress-free entertaining. Make these a few days ahead of a big picnic and enjoy! You could even pour into a tart pan for one impressive dessert.

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake
Pour and set in fridge to firm up.
No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake
Opt to make one large cheesecake instead of mini ones.

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xoxo,
Cosette

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No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

  • Author: Cosette’s Kitchen

Description

A simple, elegant no-bake dessert. Perfect to prepare ahead of time!


Scale

Ingredients

Crust

  • 9 graham crackers (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 3 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Filling

  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice*
  • zest of 4 key limes (or 2 standard limes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream

Additional whipped cream for garnish


Instructions

Assemble

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add your graham crackers and blend until fine crumbs form.
  2. Remove and pour into a bowl, add your butter and ginger until the crumbs stick together.
  3. Place about a heaping tablespoon of your crumb mixture into each 6oz ramekin, using the bottom of a glass or a tamper, press into bottom and partway up the sides.
  4. Next, prepare your filling.
  5. In the bowl of your stand mixer with paddle attachment, place your cream cheese and powdered sugar, mix until smooth.
  6. Next add your liquid ingredients and zest and blend until smooth and firms up slightly.
  7. Pour your mixture evenly into your ramekin cups.
  8. Set in fridge for at least 4 hours, best overnight.
  9. Garnish with whipped cream and serve chilled.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes

*If you can’t find key limes, by all means, use the juice of fresh standard limes

*You can make the same dessert in a 9″ tart pan, follow directions as instructed but pat into larger pan.



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