Use regular limes if the Key limes are not available. Unsweetened coconut is often labeled "desiccated" or "pulverized," and is often sold in health-food stores.
2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 4 cookie sheets)
6 tablespoons fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon grated Key lime rind
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh Key lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, divided
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
How to Make It
Combine crumbs, sweetened condensed milk, rind, juice, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add 2/3 cup coconut, and beat with a mixer at medium speed for 1 minute or until no longer grainy. Add sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating until well combined. Cover and chill 20 minutes.
Shape crumb mixture into 24 balls, about 1 teaspoon each. Place remaining 1/3 cup coconut in a shallow bowl; roll balls in coconut.
Note: Refrigerate balls in an airtight container for up to one day.
I made these to take to a "winter beach party" but ended up going to buy a key lime pie instead. I was so disappointed because they tasted great but I couldn't get past the fact that it felt like I was eating raw dough, as a previous reviewer said. My coconut wouldn't stick to them either.
These tasted fantastic...the lime was a surprising pop I your mouth with th subtle hint of coconut! However, they looked like lumps of raw sugar cookie dough (friends even asked me if that's what they were) and the coconut wouldn't stick to them. Not pretty and I won't make them again
A co-worker made these a couple of years ago and I have searched for the recipe since then. Imagine my joy when I finally found it! They are yummy, but as other reviewers have noted, it takes much more than 2/3 cup of crumbs. I used about 3-1/2 cups and added lots more lime juice. I just used regular coconut, too. I could eat all of these by myself (but I suppose I should share:-)
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