Creamy Lime Icebox Pie

There’s something so refreshing about citrus in the middle of summer.  This pie has a great balance of both sweet and tart and is the perfect dessert for a warm day.  Gelatin is a great stabilizer and allows the pie to be cut without losing it’s shape while the instant pudding mix adds a gentle vanilla flavor.  Alternatively, you could substitute the vanilla pudding mix with coconut pudding mix for a more tropical feel.  This will last in the refrigerator 3-4 days…..if it doesn’t get eaten first!

Makes 1 – 9″ pie

Crust:
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs (10 crackers) , crushed
1/4 c. granulated sugar
6 T. unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 c. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 1/4 t. unflavored gelatin
1/3 c. fresh lime juice
2-3 drops green food coloring, optional
1 cup frozen Whipped Topping, thawed

Crust:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl. Press into a 9″ pie pan, making sure the sides and bottom are an even thickness. Bake 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Filling:
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually beat in the condensed milk and pudding mix until smooth. Scrape down the bowl.

In a small bowl, combine the gelatin and 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds and stir until dissolved.

With the mixer/electric beaters running, pour the gelatin mixture, remaining lime juice and food coloring, if using, into the bowl and beat until combined. Fold in the whipped topping with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Pour the filling into the cooked and cooled crust. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Top with whipping cream if desired.

Comments

  1. Nichol says:

    I love how simple this is. My father-in-law loves lime desserts, so I bet he’d enjoy this.

  2. That looks delicious. I have a weakness for graham cracker crusts!

  3. Oh man, my husband would LOVE this. I’ve never been partial to lime but he loves it.

  4. I’m sure that tastes amazing! I had my first icebox pie only a few months ago (in lemon) so I’d love to try this one next!

  5. Susan says:

    My mom has always liked key lime pie. I’ll be trying this recipe out for her. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  6. I am a huge fan of icebox pies! Must try this one!!! Love the taste of lime desserts ever since visiting Key West last year and having key lime pie.

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