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Key Lime Tart

Key Lime Tart

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword key-lime-pie, key-lime-tart, key-limes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 38 minutes
Servings 8 -10 Pieces
Author Melissa Sperka


  • Crust:
  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut divided
  • 1/2 cup almond slices, plus 1 Tbsp lightly toasted (Reserve 1 Tbsp for garnishing)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • Filling:
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 packet dry whipped topping mix i.e. Dream Whip (See Cook's note)
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 1 21 oz can key lime pie filling
  • zest of one small lime plus additional for garnishing
  • 1 8 oz container frozen whipped topping thawed
  • Toasted coconut for garnishing


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, toss together, vanilla wafers crumbs, 3/4 cup coconut, 1/2 cup almonds, sugar with butter.Mix well.
  • Press firmly into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9-10 inch spring form pan that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. (Spread remaining 1/4 cup coconut and 1 Tbsp almonds on a small baking pan. Toast while crust bakes for 5 minutes, stirring as needed for even browning. Set aside to cool.)
  • Bake crust for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before filling.
  • To make the filling: In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, whip together sweetened condensed milk, cream and dry whipped topping mix. After combined, add the lime juice. Whip on high for 3-4 minutes until thickened.
  • To the bowl add pie filling and lime zest. Continue to whip for another 4-6 minutes or until light and fluffy. Spread the filling evenly over the cooled crust.
  • Garnish the top as desired, using thawed whipped topping.
  • Chill thoroughly for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Before serving, remove outer ring and garnish with toasted coconut, additional lime zest and reserved almonds then slice and serve.
  • Store chilled.


The dry whipped topping mix called for is a brand by the name of Dream Whip. It's readily available at most grocery stores including Walmart and Target on the baking aisle. It's an intricate part of stabilizing the filling. It typically comes in a 2.6 oz box that includes two packets of mix. You'll only need one for the filling. 
You may use the extra packet, made per the box instructions, to garnish the top and omit the 8 oz. container of whipped cream, if desired.