Key Lime Pie No Bake

No-Bake Key Lime Pie - Lilie Bakery

Melting and tangy, impossible to resist this Key lime pie no cook ! A creamy, delicious and refreshing lime tart. Very quick and easy to prepare, with a texture similar to cheesecake, I hope you like it as much as I do ...

When the weather is nice and you want a light dessert at the end of a meal, this tart is really ideal. The tangy side of lime is really refreshing. We also love it for its speed of preparation, it can be done a little in advance (it is also better the next day).

No-Bake Key Lime Pie - Lilie Bakery

What is the key lime pie?

It is a lime pie native to Florida in the USA. It is also a real symbol there. I had the chance to visit Florida on a road trip ten years ago, that's where I tasted my first Key lime pie: a real crush!

The recipe that I offer you here is without cooking, handy when it's hot. Note that the original recipe contains egg and is baked in the oven. The taste is quite similar in the form with or without cooking. But it's even easier to do without cooking!

The base of the Key lime pie consists of mixed cookies, like the cheesecake. For the decoration, a little touch of whipped cream and lime zest. Simple and delicious!

No-Bake Key Lime Pie Cut Slice - Lilie Bakery

The necessary ingredients for this lime pie

For biscuit base:

  • low sugar shortbread cookies: I use the McVities in the English section, but other cookies work very well too.
  • pecan nuts: for their delicious fragrance…
  • unsalted butter
  • Maple syrup

For garnish :

  • Philadelphia cream cheese
  • mascarpone
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • lime

For the to :

  • whole cream
  • icing sugar (it's optional, personally I don't need it)
  • lime: zest and slices

NB: all the quantities are specified in my recipe at the bottom of the page.

How to make a key lime pie without cooking?

You can easily make this Key lime pie in advance. We start by doing the biscuit base. To do this, we mix the cookies and then the pecans before bringing them together in a container. The melted butter and maple syrup are then poured in, then this mixture is packed into the bottom of a deep pie pan (mine is 23cm in diameter).

To pack properly, I use the back of a tablespoon. We also go up slightly on the edges to contain the filling well afterwards. All you have to do is put this tart shell in the freezer if you are in a hurry. Otherwise we can keep it in the refrigerator and do the rest of the recipe the next day.

To realize the garnish of the Key lime pie without cooking, we whip the mascarpone and the Philadelphia. Then add the sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and zest. You have to whisk well to have a smooth consistency. Then pour the filling on the biscuit base and smooth everything. Minimum refrigeration is 4 hours but overnight is even better.

Finally we can move on to stage decor ! We whip the whipped cream, then with a pastry bag we make small domes all around the edge of the pie. Slice lime slices then twist them to decorate the pie. A little lime zest, and that's it, it's ready!

How to taste the key lime pie?

From experience, know that it will be even better the day after its realization. While waiting to serve it, keep it well fridge (up to 3 days).

It is better when cold, I find that the lime flavor comes out even more! Ideally, use a bell to prevent the pie from taking on the smell of the fridge ...

No-Bake Key Lime Pie - Lilie Bakery

Other recipes to try

If you like this kind of easy desserts, I can advise you to take a look at these other recipes from the blog:

If you make this recipe, don't hesitate to tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see beautiful pies!

Key lime pie - Lilie Bakery
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No-Bake Key Lime Pie, Lime Pie

The famous Key Lime Pie (lime pie) no-bake version, so tender… Easy and quick to prepare, an ideal dessert for sunny days!
Prep time20 minutes
Cook time0 minutes
Total20 minutes
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Tarte
Yield: 6


Biscuit base

  • 125 g lightly sweet shortbread cookies Mc Vities type or other
  • 100 g pecan nuts
  • 90 g soft butter, melted
  • 1 cs maple syrup


  • 225 g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 225 g mascarpone
  • 280 g sweetened condensed milk
  • 75 ml lime juice
  • 1,5 cs lime zest


  • 2 lime
  • 20cl whole cream 30% mg
  • 1 cs icing sugar optional


Biscuit base

  • Finely mix the pecans. Apart from mixing the cookies and then bringing the two together in a container.
  • Add the melted butter, maple syrup and mix everything to obtain a texture of coarse sand.
  • Lightly grease a tart pan with edges high enough (to contain the filling). Mine is 23cm in diameter.
  • Tamp this mixture in the bottom of the mold and also go up on the edges. Use a tablespoon to pack well. Place in the freezer while you do the rest.


  • In a bowl, whisk the cream cheese and mascarpone so that they are creamy. Then add the sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and zest.
  • Whisk well to obtain a smooth mixture. Then pour over the biscuit dough base, smooth and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (overnight is better).


  • Whip the whipped cream into a firm whipped cream with the icing sugar (optional). Fill a pastry bag with whipped cream and arrange small domes of cream all around the tart.
  • Cut 6 thin slices of lime. Slice half of the washer and twist the ends for a nice finish. Then place on the pie to decorate.
  • Zest a lime and sprinkle over the center of the pie. Then place in the refrigerator until tasting.


Keeps in the refrigerator, ideally in a cover (to protect it from fridge odors) for 3/4 days.
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  1. Reply


    25th June 2021

    Very tempting this key lime pie!

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    August 20, 2021

    Superb like the other recipes
    On the other hand there was no more Philadelphia which I replaced by St Moret suddenly but the success was there !!
    To be redone at the origin this time;)

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      Lilie bakery

      August 24, 2021

      Thank you very much Michel, happy that the result was up to your expectations :)

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    Anne Laure

    September 16, 2021

    5 stars
    This key lime pie is delicious and very fresh! And practical when it's hot and you don't want to turn on the oven and turn your kitchen into a sauna… Thank you for this recipe!

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      Lilie bakery

      September 16, 2021

      Absolutely :) Thank you for your feedback Anne-Laure

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    August 22, 2023

    Can we not add sweetened condensed milk? Too sweet for me. Does the device hold without? THANKS

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      Lilie bakery

      August 23, 2023

      Hello Nathalie, you raise the problem: the device would not hold without. My relatives who tested it (all ages) did not find it too sweet you know once mixed with the other ingredients. See you soon :)

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    August 30, 2023

    Can this recipe be made with lemons (yellow) or is it better to keep the limes? I'm afraid it's too sour for delicate palates :-)
    Thank you in advance for your answer !

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      Lilie bakery

      August 31, 2023

      Hello Raphaëlle, I advise you to keep the limes (sweeter and above all much more fragrant). Don't worry because with them they are mixed with the rest of the filling. My relatives (all ages) really like this pie, which they find very fresh at the end of a meal. See you soon :)

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    17th February 2024

    5 stars
    Too good. Very quick to make. It's a change from cheesecake.

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      Lilie bakery

      19th February 2024

      Thank you Aurore! Yes you're right it's so good and fresh :) See you soon


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