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Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooters

Updated on October 2, 2014

Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooters will delight any crowd!

Dessert shooters are simply mini desserts served in small glasses, such as 2 ounce shot glasses or even small jelly jars. The key to the best dessert shooter is to use the freshest ingredients, add interesting layers, and, most importantly, keep it simple! These key lime pie dessert shooter mini desserts are so good that you'll want to prepare at least two per person so you don't run out.

I've perfected the art of the Key Lime Pie dessert shooter over many years, and have taken it upon myself to conduct the deepest research by sampling all of the variations of key lime pie in the conch republic. John and I vacation in Key West at least 4 times a year so I know of what I type.

Any dinner guest will be thrilled to dig a long handled spoon into a key lime pie mini dessert shooter so they can get every delicious drop out of the bottom of the glass. Besides being delicious, these mini desserts are a great way to get just a taste of something sweet (or tart, depending on your tastes), but still reduce the amount of calories going in. That's a win-win situation.

My favorite photo of Key West, ever!

My favorite photo of Key West, ever!
My favorite photo of Key West, ever!

If you can't get to the Conch Republic...

....bring a bit of it to you in the form of a Key Lime dessert shooter!

Anyone who has ever visited Key West, Florida, the Southernmost point of the US, knows the feel of the ocean breeze, the sound of the island music, and the taste of Key Lime Pie.

Made with the smallest of limes, the Key Lime, eating a slice of key lime pie encrusted in a delicious graham cracker crust is like eating a slice of sunshine.

Key lime pie lends itself very well to becoming a dessert shooter as it has 3 distinctive layers - a graham cracker crust, the key lime filling, and whipped cream. Layering these items in a shot glass (or any small dessert glass) not only makes a beautiful presentation but is a delicious way to "visit" the Conch Republic without leaving home. Just right to mix up for your next staycation.

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. ~Erma Bombeck

Making a key lime pie dessert shooter can be as easy or as involved as you prefer. The below recipe is one that I use from scratch - that is, I make my own key lime pie filling as I like it extra tart.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 50 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 12

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 C Nellie & Joe's Key West LIme Juice
  • 1 T melted butter

Instructions

  1. Add the sweetened condensed milk into a medium sized saucepan. With a whisk, mix in the egg yolks until well blended. Place over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils.
  2. Mix in the lime juice and butter until well blended. Pour into a glass bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour or until set up.
  3. Note: if you're a cheater (and, remember, cheaters never prosper but they do save a lot of time), mix up the filling with Jello's Key Lime pudding. It's delicious and, with a squirt of extra lime juice, it will be more tart too.

Make the graham cracker crust and...

...Assemble the Key Lime Pie dessert shooter

Mix 1 C graham crackers with 1/2 cup sugar and 2T melted butter. It should combine and be a bit wet and crumbly.

Make fresh whipped cream by adding heavy whipping cream to a cold bowl. Whip on high until you have fluffy whipped cream. Add in enough sugar to make it the sweetness you prefer or, if you really like a tart Key Lime Pie dessert shooter, add a bit of key lime juice to the cream before whipping.

Place enough of the graham cracker crumb mixture to cover the bottom of your dessert shooter glass. If you're using a taller glass, tap the crumbs into the bottom with a pestle or a demitasse spoon.

Add in 2 T of the Key Lime Pie filling and add a bit of whipped cream. Add in more graham cracker crumb mixture, more pie filling and top with another dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Garnish with a slice of a key lime (or a red cherry) and sprinkle with more graham cracker crumbs.

Cast your vote for Recipe for a Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooter Filling

Merritt 5 ounce tumbler

This is my favorite dessert shooter glass. Although the above picture isn't key lime, it was delicious!

Made of heavy duty acrylic, this Merritt tumbler makes a healthy sized dessert shooter but, then again, is there ever too much Key Lime Pie dessert shooter?

Merritt 5 ounce tumbler acrylic glassware

Merritt 5 ounce tumbler acrylic glassware
Merritt 5 ounce tumbler acrylic glassware

Dessert Shooter glasses on Amazon

Stock up on some of these pretty dessert shooter glasses so you're ready for the hoards.

Topping Ideas for Key Lime Dessert Shooters

Any, or all, of the below items would make a great topping for a delicious, tart Key Lime Dessert Shooter.

Key West Island Memories

I put this video together as a compilation of many trips to the Conch Republic. Hope you like it.

More Key West Photos - Don't hate me because I'm here 6 weeks...

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Are you a fan of Key West or Key Lime Pie... - I'd love to hear about your experiences. Please leave me comments!

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    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Puts me in the mood for a whole Key Lime pie!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Took our daughters on a cruise and also stopped at Key West. Went on a catamaran cruise and snorkel excursion.We loved it. Great lens!

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      sue826 lm 4 years ago

      Love both! Visited Key West on vacation and discovered I loved Key Lime Pie! Now I settle for frozen.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am now!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm a fan of both. Of course, I have the pie more often than the island, which I think is just as good!

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Key West is on my bucket list.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I so enjoy a slice of key lime pie! And, as I am relocating back to Florida this month, I am sure to find myself a good slice of the pie in the Sunshine State!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Love Key West and Key Lime Pie. Thanks for sharing your shooter recipes

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      kerryhrabstock 4 years ago

      Never been to Key West, but love their limes and pies.

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      We love both key lime pie and Key West. Fun place to visit!

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      alexbricker 4 years ago

      I love Key Lime Pie!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi these look so yummy.

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      TheGoGlobalBabe 4 years ago

      Wow - such a great lens! Key West picture - awesome!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I know I'll be loving this key lime pie shooter. Of course, I want to have this particular dessert shooter in Key West. I'm sure you can understand. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Nice photo of Key West!

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Taking my daughter to P F Chang's or somewhere to get me one of these Shooters! Can't take it anymore!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Looks so good! I love key lime pie. Never try the Key West pie yet.

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      This Dessert Shooters are really delicious! Squidlike

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      wow these sound good especially for summer

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      Paperquest5 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great recipe. This keeps you from having a whole pie sitting there tempting you every moment until you have to give...sorry, where was I? These look great, will try them soon.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      I like both! Your page and the recipe have made me want to visit Key West again. It has been a long time since I took the Conch Train Tour.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Key lime pie shooters are the perfect dessert with their special flavor and tangy delight, returning with a little angel dust to congratulated you for being on the Summer Festival of Foods Monster Board!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      What wicked decadence and I love Erma Bombeck's "Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart". Blessings and congratulations for being featured in the Summer Foods selection.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Wow! These look so good!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I am indeed a fan of Key West and Key Lime pies ... the dessert shooters sound like the perfect portion for this zingy tasty item.

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      haroldk 5 years ago

      how about i'm a fan of all desserts

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Key lime pie ROCKS!! I love your key lime shooter recipe!!! Congratulations on being featured on the summer festival of food monsterboard!!! You deserve it!!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I LOVE the idea of dessert shooters and this one sounds amazing! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      awesome lens

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      AshleySears LM 5 years ago

      I love Key Lime Pie! These shooters look amazing!

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      AshleySears LM 5 years ago

      I love Key Lime Pie! These shooters look amazing!

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      TerriLorah 5 years ago

      It's the first thing I did when I got there....love the Keys and can't wait to go back!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I like BOTH Key West and Key Line Pie. Yum!

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      Kimberly 5 years ago from Oregon

      I love key lime pie. It is one of my favorites. Although, I actually make a key lime cheesecake that I think is even better!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I want some key lime pie! Enjoyed watching your video you put together; that was fun!

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      Holley Web 5 years ago

      Key Lime... my mouth is watering. This looks delicious!

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      Yum! What a really great lens and yummy dessert idea! I'm adding you as a featured lens to my "Green Dessert" lens!

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      archetekt lm 5 years ago

      Wow these look really yummy! I love Key Lime desserts.

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      SmartyGirlRenee 5 years ago

      you are my Squidoo dessert hero. You made a lemon lens and a key lime lens. Thanks so much

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      girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

      I love key lime pie!! Yum Yum! This is a terrific lens and it can be found among the other blessed lenses at Flyby Wingings They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad I wandered upon this! ~Ren

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      colleenw1 5 years ago

      Wow! If you only knew how much I absolutely LOVE Key Lime Pie!!! Just love this delicious lens!!! :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I liked all the personal photos and video that makes this more than just a recipe, but a complete experience.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a total sucker for Key Lime anything. Looks awesome!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Oh, Yum! This sounds uber-delicious! You really are the dessert shooter queen!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Mom used to make Key Lime Pie years ago and you have my mouth watering for it here! Yummyiliciously done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a fan and the different looks that you've got of them!

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      ArtformTheHeart 5 years ago

      I miss the USA and key lime pie!! lol, you just made my mouth water with this lens.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @AlleyCatLane: Thanks, I added yours to the intro module.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Love your lens. I'd like to feature it on my Key West lens page.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      TerriLorah 6 years ago

      what an awesome lens...I am missing Key West that's for sure. We can't wait to go again. Love your Sunset photo!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this looks yummy, i'd like to try this. thanks for sharing

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      Diane Cass 6 years ago from New York

      I love your dessert shooter lenses. I have to confess, I'm a key lime pie addict. I'm gonna have to try these cute little shooters.

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      AJ 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Yum! I'm hungry -- and I wanna go to Key West!! Better get to writing, I guess, to take my mind off and bring some $$ in.

      Seriously, another great lens, Lori!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      I'm not sure what I'm craving more ... a dessert shooter or a vacation! Maybe a little of both is in order here ;-)

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @Home-Business-Marketer: I eat - therefore, I am! I come up with these ideas by getting a bit creative with my dessert choices. I love mini desserts! Thanks for the comment.

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      Home-Business-Marketer 6 years ago

      MMMM... Where did you come up with all the tastey ideas??? Fantastic Lens!

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      Yummy yummy... Thanks for the recipe..

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      Bob Zau 6 years ago

      Mmmm... I will have to try your recipe. it's been too long since I've had Key Lime pie

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Yum! Love Key Lime Pie. Enjoyed the photos also!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Your sure did live it! I couldn't figure out how to get those pics in though. That's for Key West Glory Days The Sequel...It'll need editing...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely lived your Glory Days video

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Thanks, Peggy. The video was a fun little collage to put together.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, Jeffie. You'll have to come visit us in the Conch Republic!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      That video was a nice little 4-minute vacation! Love the sunsets and boats!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      sounds good, may have to try it.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @katt61: Indeedy it is, Miss! Thanks for the comment and can't wait for August in Key West (again!).

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      katt61 6 years ago

      It's your Key West partner in crime and you know I'm a fan of those shooters! YUM!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Yep, have more than 2 - they're small! I noticed that John got voted up to #1 in the pictures. Cracked me up!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh boy, this key lime pie dessert shooter is right up my alley. I love key lime pie and a small one would me I could I have two! Yum! Great directions and options for making them. (Love your cheater comment!)

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: That's a GREAT cheat, Virginia! Excellent ideas. That's what dessert shooters are all about - making them you own!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Can I cheat and just use key lime yogurt for the filling? I do like key lime recipes!