This easy, no-bake recipe makes the most perfect key lime jars. These individual jars make the most gorgeous dessert, but the best part is the velvety, zesty key lime cream over a crisp graham cracker layer. 

Our no-bake dessert recipes are great for a refreshing and delicious dessert on a hot summer day. Our peanut butter parfait is an easy mousse-based dessert, and our black forest cake is a no-bake cheesecake!

A glass cup with the layered key lime pie, garnished with a sliced lemon.

These no bake key lime pie jars are so easy to make! A graham crust is added to each jar and topped with a creamy lime filling. It’s as easy as that! These cups make a delicious and beautiful dessert that everyone is sure to love. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Fun to make. Mini desserts like these key lime pies are so fun to assemble. 
  • Easy dessert. This dessert uses minimal ingredients and comes together so quickly. 
  • Party friendly. There’s no better way to serve these desserts than at a party. Not only are they adorable, they are the perfect single-serve dessert. 

Ingredients for Key Lime Jars

  • Crust – graham cracker crumbs mixed with melted butter. 
  • Cream cheese – softened cream cheese. 
  • Sweetened condensed milk – any brand works. 
  • Lime juice – freshly squeezed along with lime zest. 
  • Sugar – adds sweetness to balance the sour lime juice.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of ingredients and quantities.

Substitutions and Variations

All of the add-ins, substitutions, and different variations to the recipe you want to make.

  • Fruit variations: You can substitute the lime for lemon for a slight flavor variation. 
  • Key lime dip: Turn this key lime pie into a sweet dip, like our cherry cheesecake dip
Mason jars with the layered key lime pie.

How to Make Key Lime Jars

The easiest step-by-step instructions: 

  1. Prepare the crust: In a bowl, combine crushed graham crackers with melted butter. Add the crumbs to the bottom of each jar and press down lightly. 
  2. Make the filling: In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with condensed milk with a mixer until it reaches a smooth and creamy texture. Add lime juice, zest, and sugar. Whip until well incorporated and soft peaks are formed.
  3. Assemble the jars: Top the graham crust in the jars with an even amount of the cream cheese mixture. You can also use a piping bag. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. 
  4. Serve: Garnish the jars with lime slices, zest, or whipped cream. 

Expert Tips: 

  • Pie version – Recreate this recipe using a graham crust pie and fill it with the lime cream cheese mixture. 
  • Pro tip: Use a jar with a wide opening so that the dessert is easy to eat. 
  • Best dessert containers: Use plastic, single-use dessert containers for easy cleanup! 

Serving Suggestions

Dessert table: Nothing screams wow like a gorgeous dessert table. These key lime pie jars hold a perfect spot next to a layered snickers cake and our homemade vanilla cupcakes.

Recipe FAQs

What kind of jars to use? 

You can use mason jars or small dessert jars. 

Why do the jars need to be refrigerated? 

The refrigeration time allows the crust to soften, absorbing the incredible flavors from the cream. 

Can I make the filling ahead of time? 

The filling can be made in advance!

Are key lime jar pies sour?

Thanks to the sugar, condensed milk, and cream cheese, these jars aren’t too sour! The flavors are perfectly balanced, and the result is a sweet, zesty dessert. 

A pie version of this layered key lime dessert.

Store & Reheat

  • Storage. Keep the leftover key lime jars in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • We don’t recommend freezing this dessert.

If you tried this key lime jar recipe or any other recipe on my website, please leave a star rating and let me know how it went in the comments below – we appreciate it!

No Bake Key Lime Pie

Author: Valentina
A glass cup with the layered key lime pie, garnished with a sliced lemon.
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5 from 12 votes
These key lime jars make the most beautiful self-serve dessert, and they are so easy to make. Each bite has a crisp graham crust and a creamy, zesty filling.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

crust-

  • 2 cups graham cracker, crushed
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

pie-

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. To each jar, add a layer of the graham crackers and press down lightly.
  • In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Mix in lime juice, lime zest, and sugar.
  • Top off each jar with a generous spoonful of the cream mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Garnish the jars with lime slices, zest, or whipped cream.
  • Serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use a jar with a wide opening so that the dessert is easy to eat. 
  •  Recreate this recipe using a graham crust pie and fill it with the lime cream cheese mixture.
  • Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

524kcal Calories45g Carbs8g Protein36g Fat21g Saturated Fat105mg Cholesterol454mg Sodium265mg Potassium1g Fiber33g Sugar1213IU Vitamin A4mg Vitamin C184mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
No Bake Key Lime Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 524 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 454mg20%
Potassium 265mg8%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1213IU24%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 184mg18%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)