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Frozen Key Lime Delight

In the middle of summer, nothing hits the spot quite like this sublime Key lime dessert. Cold, creamy and tart, it looks like sunshine. —Melissa Millwood, Lyman, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + freezing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup Key lime juice
  • 3 teaspoons grated Key lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: Whipped cream and Key lime slices


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine flour, cashews, coconut and brown sugar. Stir in butter. Sprinkle into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine cream, milk, lime juice, zest and vanilla. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Fill cylinder of an ice cream maker two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Sprinkle half of the cashew mixture into an ungreased 11x7-in. dish. Spread ice cream over top; sprinkle with remaining cashew mixture. Cover and freeze 4 hours or until firm. Garnish servings with whipped cream and lime slices if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece (calculated without garnishes): 672 calories, 46g fat (27g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 258mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • lvarner
    Jul 2, 2020

    Very yummy! I love cashews and coconut, so the crust and topping were right up my alley - delicious! The ice cream was very tasty as well. I love that this dessert must be made ahead of time and can be served right from the freezer, leaving more previous time to devote to other parts of a family or company meal.

  • lhayes4
    Jun 29, 2020

    We loved this recipe and it will be going into my favorites.

  • sebraden
    Jun 28, 2020

    Tastes great! I put the cream mixture in a bowl and placed it in my freezer. When the mixture had frozen crystals, I used a hand mixer to whip it into a whipped topping consistency. Works great without using an ice cream freezer.

  • Ceege
    Jun 17, 2020

    I LOVE anything Key Lime. Is it possible to make the ice cream part of recipe without an ice cream maker? Oh, I hope so.

  • Sharon
    May 31, 2020

    1-need for an ice cream machine should be listed, not put in step 3 of directions

  • FireJenny
    May 24, 2020

    I don't understand instruction #3

  • Sheryll
    May 19, 2020

    What does it mean to "fill the cylinder of ice cream 2/3 full"???

  • Jem
    May 18, 2020

    I really want to make this. It looks SO good, and the reviews all seem great. I think they should mention the ICE CREAM MAKER in the beginning. I guess I didn't pay enough attention to the details. Unfortunately, at the moment, I am ILL equipped to make this. *cry*

  • jeanschwalm
    Apr 24, 2020

    I would love to make this, but the directions are very confusing. At first I thought the mix of nuts, brown sugar, coconut and butter made the crust. But when it says fill the cylinder of ice cream freezer two thirds full--what does that even mean? Number four makes me think the nut mix is baked to be used for the crust and topping. Please help!

  • shawnba
    Jul 11, 2017

    This is a really good dessert. I loved he crunch of the sweet crumble with the tangy lime filling. I did use Nellie and Joe's key lime juice, and omitted the zest due to an allergy. I will be making this again!!