Photo: Jennifer Davick; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
7 Hours 10 Mins
Makes 8 servings

This chilled, creamy pies is the dessert equivalent of a swimming hole--so refreshing you can't help but dive in. Garnish with lime slices and lime zest curls, if desired.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

Step 2

Stir together graham cracker crumbs, next 2 ingredients, and 1/2 cup toasted pecans until blended. Press crumb mixture on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 10-inch deep-dish pie plate.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 45 minutes).

Step 4

Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup toasted pecans over bottom of crust; drizzle caramel topping over pecans.?

Step 5

Whisk together sweetened condensed milk and next 3 ingredients. Gently pour into prepared crust.

Step 6

Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until almost set. (The center will not be firm but will set up as it chills.) Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Cover and chill 4 hours.

Step 7

Beat whipping cream at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Dollop or spread over pie.

Ratings & Reviews

Kara222's Review

July 13, 2013
Every time we've made this pie for guests it's a hit!!! Best key lime pie recipe. Think it's because of the crust. It's awesome!!

Jillyjo's Review

June 17, 2013
I thought there could be no improvement to a good, basic key lime pie. Although it hurts me to use 6 egg yolks in one pie, this pie is worth it. The crunchy, pecan-studded crust & the little bit of gooey caramel & nuts on the bottom really make this a special, decadent dessert. I had to squeeze an entire bag of lemons to get the cup of juice, but I'd do it again.

Thekidd30's Review

October 28, 2012
I made this pie when we had some guest in town and it was absolutely delicious! Everyone loved it! It's very rich so a little bit goes a long ways

Morgan4751's Review

July 24, 2012
This is a delicious pie. I went exactly by the recipe and would not change anything. I used a ready made graham pie crust and low-fat ingredients. It still tasted rich and delicious. Friends say it is the best pie i ever made. What a compliment. Randy Morgan-Marietta Georgia

MrJakeCarson's Review

October 03, 2013

ValeriNickerson's Review

October 07, 2012
This pie looked pretty in the picture so I made it to enter in a Chili Cook-off and Pie contest. Not only was it pretty , it was also yummy. Yes I did win "Best Pie of Show" with this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly as written and it was perfect. I will be making this one for a long time to come.

sohacomom's Review

September 26, 2012
This pie was absolutely delicious. I received many compliments. The first time I made it was for company and was a big hit. I did not use whipped cream on top as we are not big fans of it.

ALAW62's Review

August 01, 2012

RyansWife's Review

July 29, 2012

beth1atthelake's Review

June 08, 2012
This recipe is wonderful, even if served out a an aluminum pie tin! I make one substitution to reduce calories - 1 can of condensed mike was substituted with 1 can of fat free condensed milk. The other one I left alone. You could not tell the difference.