Key Lime Pie Cookie Cups

key lime pie cookie

Classic key lime pie is a favorite of mine but I think it might have some stiff competition with these key lime pie cookie cups.  These are seriously the most adorable key lime pie version I have ever seen.  So glad I invented them (hehe).

key lime pie cookie

It all started last week with my winter depression.  I was feeling kinda down.  I think it has to do with the insanely terrible weather Chicago has been getting.  It has been cold and snowy then cold and snowy again!  I can’t keep up.  I thought that March would be the month where we Chicagoans would see the change in the weather.  I was hoping for just a small glimpse into Spring.  Maybe just a sunny day with decent weather where I could leave my condo to take a quick stroll.  But nope, Chicago isn’t having any of that!  Not one bit.  Instead I was greeted with snow four inches high and freezing temperatures (the usual).

key lime pie cookie

Instead of continuing to mope around tired of the weather, I decided to bring a little spring inside.  I adore anything citrus and have a real adoration for key lime pie.  I get it from my daddy.  You may already know this as I have featured key lime recipes a few times on my blog.  The graham cracker crust, and the tartness and sweetness of the lime curd coupled with whipped cream is perfection.  However this time I didn’t have any graham crackers and almost thought my key lime dreams were dashed until I saw my Pillsbury sugar cookie dough tucked neatly in my refrigerator.  That sugar cookie dough is making its rounds in my recipes lately because it is premade deliciousness that lends itself to my zany ideas perfectly.  Well I must say that I am glad graham crackers were missing because I may never use them again after this rendition.

key lime pie cookie

These cute cups are the perfect vehicle for key lime curd and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.  And the best part is I can pop a few of these and be totally satisfied.  They would be so adorable at a party on a dessert buffet table.  Now my wheels are turning even more.  The best part was I finally got my glimpse of Spring.

If you want some more key lime fun, try my Key Lime Pie Ice Cream with Mango Swirl HERE:

key lime pie mango swirl


Key Lime Pie Cookie Cups
  • 1 package Pillsbury Ready to Bake! Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup key lime juice
  • 1 (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk can
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • whipped cream and lime zest for garnish
For the cookie cups:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 24 mini muffin pan with non-stick baking spray.
  3. Roll each separate cookie into a ball and place in the bottom of each muffin tin.
  4. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cookies from oven and gently press a spoon in the center of each baked cookie to make the shape of the cup.
  5. After 10 minutes, gently remove cookie cups from the muffin pan and place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
For the key lime filling:
  1. Whisk together egg yolks, key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and pure vanilla extract.
  2. Pour into a medium sized pot and saute over medium to low heat to cook through the eggs.
  3. Keep on heat and stir for 12-14 minutes until nice and warm. Remove and allow to cool.
To Assemble:
  1. Fill a ziploc bag with snipped side or piping bag with key lime curd mixture.
  2. Pipe key lime curd into direct centers of each cookie cup until filled.
  3. Next garnish with whipped cream and lime zest and refrigerate for at least one hour and serve.

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  1. Oh I love these! I love any food in miniature really but the lime flavours, the cuteness and how pretty these look just caught my eye :)

  2. How cut are those little cups. This would be perfect for a house party! :)

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Nice, I haven’t been to a house party in ages! These would definitely be fun at those!

  3. My hubby LOVES key lime pie and he has a birthday coming up… these might be on the menu!

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Gosh key lime pie is our favorite thing ever. I keep trying new remixes for it because I love it so much!

  4. Seriously what a cute and so tempting idea … they look and sound divine. I should make cookie cups for my blog soon :) Did you see they sell cookie shots for milk? Yum

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      OMG cookie shots of milk? That sounds so fantastic Melissa! I have to check that out seriously!

  5. Oh gosh Jocelyn what a treat! I really wish I was your neighbour right now!!

  6. Gahhh I love these. I’m crazy about citrus so this is a winner for me!

  7. Love me some key lime pie! These are adorable and brilliant. And that ice cream looks insane!

  8. These are genius, Jocelyn! I’m a key lime pie fanatic and can never find enough ways to get my favorite flavor into desserts. I’m really loving these. :)

  9. I have a feeling these little guys taste just like “spring,” and I am totally craving some “spring!” They are just so adorable and seem so simple too! Love!

  10. Girl, these are too much. I am going to have to (literally) digest a few of them to be able to wrap my brain around them. Excuse me while I take one for the team.

  11. I love adorable mini desserts like this one. There’s nothing better to brighten someone’s mood than with a cheery treat like this one. Yay for citrus :). And you’re a total genius for inventing these tiny bites!

  12. These are so cute and no doubt better than the original!

  13. These look delicious! Love key lime pie- one of my fav desserts!

  14. I am so right there with you. This winter is killing me! And I love key lime anything! These little cookie cups are adorable and that ice cream looks dangerously tasty!

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Yeah Laura this winter is making me rethink Chicago and I adore my city! But seriously? I feel like everyday it snows!!

  15. These are so easy! There’s something about citrus desserts that just transports you to warmer times. These would be perfect for Easter!

  16. Ah, yes, I am looking out the window right now, feeling the same way. Come on Chicago, haven’t we been through enough!? If we can’t have spring outside, I’ll take some spring desserts. And I absolutely love a little bite-sized anything, so I think I’d actually prefer these to pie! Is that blasphemy?

  17. These cookie cups are too adorable, Jocelyn! Absolutely love these for spring & summer parties… a perfect light, refreshing little bite of sweetness!

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Yes these would be so fun for spring and summer parties! I already have it on my dessert table lists!

  18. These cookies cups are the cutest! They are a definite way to get rid of the winter blues. I’m so over the cold, too. No. more. snow!

  19. I am in love with these!!! The cookie cups are way better than grahams. And I hope it gets warm for you soon. Flip flops weather! :)

  20. These are the cutest cookie cups! I don’t have a whole lot of experience with key lime but I have been dreaming up recipes lately!

  21. This is one of those recipes that I can almost taste while reading, Jocelyn! I absolutely adore lemon curd, so I know I’d love these with lime curd in. What a fabulous recipe invention. Pinning these for sure!

  22. Chicago has had a brutal winter, and I am not sure it is over yet. I can see why these Key Lime cookie cups got your attention- it is like being in the Florida Keys ( south Florida). These are delightful!


  23. SO delicious!!! Key lime pie is one of my favorites and your variation is brilliant!

  24. I love cookie cups and these are just so cute and summery! Perfect!

  25. These are so adorable! Perfect for Spring. :)

  26. I don’t like bought cookie dough wonder if there is home made dough I can make instead ?

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Hi Heidi, I haven’t tried it with homemade dough but I say go for it. Make sure that your dough is a more chewy cookie dough instead of a harder one since the dough needs to be bendable for the cups. Enjoy! Can’t wait to hear how they turn out!

  27. These are too cute! Key lime pie is good on its own, but the cookie crust brings it over the top!

  28. I can’t wait to try these! Didn’t I see a tool somewhere that would push the cookie down evenly in the little mini pan? Was it hard to do with a spoon? Also, I want to say that here in Ohio, I sometimes see Key Lime pies that are green! Yuk! Your filling is the real thing! Thank you!

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Hi Nancy! I can’t wait for you to try these either. They are super simple to make. You can actually just use a small spoon and you won’t have any problems at all. I believe real key lime pie isn’t green! Thanks again Nancy!

  29. These have got to be the prettiest cookie cups I’ve ever seen, Jocelyn! LOVE the key lime pie filling. :)

  30. You just bring these amazing little bites of awesome out here to Phoenix, I’ll provide the sunshine and palm trees! :)


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