Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
30 Mins
Cook Time
20 Mins
Other Time
4 Hours 30 Mins
Makes 1 dozen

This cupcake version of a chocolate-key lime pie is an ideal pick-up dessert for entertaining. Make a crumb crust with chocolate wafers and top with a sweet cream cheese mixture flavored with fresh key lime juice.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Place 12 jumbo-size aluminum foil baking cups in lightly greased muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray.

Step 2

Pulse chocolate wafer cookies in a food processor 8 to 10 times or until finely crushed. Stir together cookie crumbs and butter; firmly press on bottom and two-thirds up sides of each baking cup (about 3 Tbsp. crumbs per cup).

Step 3

Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add lime zest and lime juice, beating at low speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition. Spoon mixture into prepared cups, filling completely full.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until set. Cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and let cool 15 minutes or until completely cool. Cover and chill 4 hours. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

ddeyes33's Review

February 13, 2013

CookingCrazy's Review

January 20, 2013
I found these to be very good. I made for a ladies luncheon and there was not a crumb left. To: sjbrouse :. If you read the recipe correctly, it read that "jumbo" papers/pans are to be used, not regular size. I imagine this was part of your problem.

cwilkins24's Review

April 15, 2012

sjbrouse's Review

May 22, 2010
This recipe is not right. Maybe it is intended for Sprinkles-sized cupcake holders & not regular pan-size. There is WAY WAY too much butter mixed with the cookies (9oz is 1/2 a package). The cups were dripping with butter when I took them out. There is no way it makes 12-- it made 24 regular sized cupcakes. The filling rose, cracked, & fell, and it took more like 30+ minutes to cook, not 20min. Not a southern living quality recipe. Not impressed AT ALL!!

monogramjane's Review

May 13, 2010
Very delicious! I have made this recipe several times. Everyone loves a small dessert and presentation is very impressive. I have replaced the fresh lime juice and zest with Nellie and Joe's Key West Lime Juice.

ak47gramma's Review

May 13, 2010
We love key lime! What a great new way to share ! I will surely make this again and again. Tks

Maryj140's Review

May 06, 2009
Very easy. Great for individual cupcakes. Only time consuming part was zesting and juicing key limes...but very worth it!