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

Kara222
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

ValeriNickerson
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

MrJakeCarson
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

RyansWife
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

beth1atthelake
October 03, 2013
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ValeriNickerson's Review

sohacomom
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

Thekidd30
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

plytang
August 01, 2012
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RyansWife's Review

ALAW62
July 29, 2012
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beth1atthelake's Review

Gail
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.