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sittin on a sandbar key lime pie

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Amy Freeze
Avon Park, FL

Although this has been around the internet and Pinterest, I am the originator. This is MY recipe. I wrote and won the National Pie Championship with it.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We're just gonna say it... this may be the best key lime pie we have ever had. And we've eaten a lot of key lime pie in my life. The vanilla wafer crust is a great base for the tangy, sweet, and creamy filling. Cream of coconut adds a subtle flavor and makes it a bit different than other key lime pie fillings. The sweetened whipped cream is perfect on top! After one bite, you're going to find reasons why you need to make this pie.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For sittin on a sandbar key lime pie

  • 2 c
    vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp
    granulated sugar
  • 5 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese
  • 2
  • 2
    egg yolks
  • 15 oz
    sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 c
    Coco Lopez (cream of coconut)
  • 3/4 c
    key lime juice
  • 1 c
    heavy whipping cream
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar

How To Make sittin on a sandbar key lime pie

Test Kitchen Tips
We made our own white chocolate shells with candy melts and molds we found at a local craft store.
  • Butter being poured into crushed vanilla wafers.
    In a bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, sugar, and melted margarine.
  • Crust being pressed into a pie pan.
    Press into a 9" deep pie plate.
  • Crust baking in the oven.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool completely before filling.
  • Cream cheese in a mixing bowl.
    In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  • Eggs being added to mixer.
    Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Liquids added to cream cheese in a mixer.
    Beat in sweetened condensed milk, Coco Lopez, and key lime juice, one ingredient at a time.
  • Batter being poured into cooked crust.
    Pour into cooled crust.
  • Pie baking in the oven.
    Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until center is set to the touch, but still jiggles slightly. Allow to cool before refrigerating.
  • Whipping cream being whipped in a stand mixer.
    Before serving beat whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff.
  • Whipped cream being piped on pie.
    Pipe rosettes around edges.
  • Garnish added to pie.
    Garnish with lime curls and white chocolate sea shells.