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Macadamia Key Lime Pie

I make Key lime pie at least four times a month during summer, it’s so refreshing. The shortbread crust adds richness. —Brynn LeMaire, Gueydan, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup crushed shortbread cookies
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup Key lime juice or lime juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts


  • In a small bowl, mix cookie crumbs, macadamia nuts and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto bottom and up sides of a greased 9-in. pie plate. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in milk and lime juice until blended. Transfer to crust. Refrigerate, covered, at least 4 hours.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form; spoon or pipe onto pie. Top with macadamia nuts.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 604 calories, 45g fat (23g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 297mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • KristineChayes
    Oct 29, 2018

    Excellent! Great crust, great taste, easy. I added one tsp. lime zest. Will be making this again - a keeper!

  • dylan's mama
    Mar 14, 2017

    Amazing! I'm wondering if anyone has successfully tried to lighten it up a bit. With the amount of times I make this I need to try to find a lighter version (for health reasons) so that I can keep eating it! :) It is SO yummy!

  • leileen
    Jul 14, 2016

    To provide a nice green color and tartness, I add 1 or 2 tablespoons of lime jello powder. It makes the pie so pretty and tangy.

  • sugarcrystal
    May 28, 2016

    Really easy & so good!

  • Barbra-Sue
    May 24, 2016

    My guys favorite Key Lime Pie!

  • ronnyjr1
    Nov 28, 2015

    I made this for Thanksgiving. I didn't taste it. People were saying 'what type of pie is this'. Initially I said 'I don't know' although I did of course know. The people were saying that the pie was delicious. Then I said, 'oh I prepared that pie'. They said it was really, really good! I did crush the macadamia cookies into crumbs, but not fine crumbs. I guess you really don't have to either. I couldn't find my mixer so I didn't worry about the whipped cream. I guess I could have used the blender, but I didn't. I will make this again for Christmas. I think I'll taste it next time.

  • pdarwin
    Mar 23, 2015

    I made this for my annual St. Patrick's Day Party. It was very good and everyone seemed to enjoy. The crust was not as flavorful as I had hoped and that is why I only gave it 4 points, but will definitely make again, but will use graham cracker crust next time.

    Jul 6, 2014

    This was a good summer pie I enjoyed it but I did not try the crust maybe next time I used gram cracker instead I did use Nellie & Joes key lime juice for the first time that stuff is the bomb.

  • Kriparr
    Jun 15, 2014

    I added powdered sugar to the whipped cream.

  • dvierzen
    Jun 10, 2014

    Very good and easy to make. I used graham crackers instead of shortbread for the crust and baked it for 10 minutes at 350. This was a big hit with the family!