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Key Lime Pie with Cream Cheese

Key Lime Pie with Cream Cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Author Cookie Madness

Ingredients

Crust

  • 12 graham cracker squares 6 rectangles
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds toasted or roasted unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 2-3 tablespoon shredded sweetened coconut
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter browned

Filling

  • 1 14 oz can condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks pasteurized eggs
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup bottled key lime juice or fresh squeezed like juice see note

Topping/Garnish

  • 1 cup whipped cream whipped and sweetened to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch deep dish glass pie plate with butter or spray with cooking spray.
  • Put the graham crackers, whole almonds, sugar, salt and shredded coconut in food processor; process into crumbs. Pour in the melted browned butter and pulse until crumbs are moistened. Press into pie plate and bake for 12 minutes. It might seem like you have too many crumbs, but everything will fit in the end.
  • Prepare filling. Clean out food processor bowl. Combine condensed milk and egg yolks in processor bowl and process until smooth. Add cream cheese and process until cheese is smooth. Add lime zest and key lime juice and process a little more. Pour into the cooled pie shell. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and chill for 8-10 hours.
  • When ready to serve, place the whipped cream in a large plastic zipper bag. Snip off the tip of the bag and pie the whipped cream around the edges.

Notes

Cookie Madness Tip: You can roast small amounts of almonds (about ¾ cup at a time) in the microwave. Just spread the whole almonds on a paper towel and microwave on high for about 2 minutes. Halfway through, swirl them around with your hand and mix them up a bit. You'll know the almonds are toasted if they start to crack. Remove them from the microwave, let them cool (crisp up), and then taste. If you don't think they taste roasted, you'll know you need to microwave them a tad bit longer next time. My microwave takes 2 minutes for whole almonds. For some reason, pecan halves take a little longer. Of course the oven is the ideal way to toast the nuts evenly, but when the weather is hot and you only have a small amount of nuts to toast, try the microwave.