Frozen Key Lime Pie Squares a.k.a. the only dessert you're going to want this summer. These squares are 100% no bake, require staple ingredients like heavy cream, limes & graham crackers and take minutes to whip up. Pin this post, save it for later, keep it in your back pocket, whatever - because as the weather starts to warm up you WILL BE CRAVING THESE!!!!
inspiration for the recipe
The original recipe for these squares is over at Laura Vitale's Youtube channel Laura in the Kitchen. As soon as I saw these I knew they would be a hit in our house. Immediately, I thought of adding some dark chocolate to the mix. Chocolate covered key lime pie is a thing in the Florida Keys so I thought why not add a little bit of Florida to these squares. Visions of salted buttery graham cracker crumbs danced in my head to make them extra delectable. The final result: a perfect combination of sweet, salty, creamy & tart. This treat is a #mustmake.
easy peasy steps & ingredients
This recipe pretty much takes no time at all. All the work is done by your freezer. Once the key lime pie squares are frozen, cut them into squares and return them to the freezer so they don't melt while you prep the chocolate and graham cracker crumbs.
For the chocolate: First off, I highly recommend using dark chocolate for these - trust me! You can either melt the chocolate in the microwave and use a double broiler. Just make sure the chocolate is completely melted & smooth.
For the salty graham cracker crumbs: This couldn't be easier. Crush up half a sleeve of graham crackers and add them into a bowl. Melt 2-3 tablespoons of salted butter (salted preferred) & add it to the crumbs. Add in a few extra pinches of salt & toss the crumbs together until coated with butter. The crumbs should not be drenched, just lightly coated.
Once the chocolate and graham cracker crumbs are prepped it's time to dress these squares how ever you'd like. This is where you get creative. Dunk only one side of the bars in chocolate, do a dark chocolate drizzle. You can pour dark chocolate over the top and let it drip down the sides. Go crazy with graham cracker or just lightly dust the top. Once the squares have been dressed to your liking, return them to the freezer for a few minutes to set. After that they are ready to go!
Frozen Key Lime Pie
- about 2 sleeves graham crackers divided, see note
- 1 and ⅔ cups heavy cream
- ⅓ cup lime juice
- zest of 1 lime
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar
- dark chocolate chips or baking bar - melted
- salted butter
- pinch of salt
- Line a 9x9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap. Make sure to leave enough overhang to easily lift up the squares when they're done. Line the bottom of the baking dish with graham crackers, you may have to break a few up to cover the corners or sides. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl combine heavy cream, lime juice, lime zest and powdered sugar together and beat with an electric mixer on high speed for a few minutes until stiff peaks from, mixutre should resemble stiff whipped cream.
- Use a spoon or spatula to pour the heavy cream mixture over the bottom layer of graham crackers. Smooth mixture out evenly. Cover the top with graham crackers the same way to lined the bottom. Cover the whole dish with plastic wrap and allow squares to freeze for at least 6 hours or up to overnight.
- When completely frozen remove from the freezer and cut into squares, return them to the freezer so they don't melt while you prep the chocolate and graham cracker crumbs.
- Melt the chocolate using a microwave or a double broiler, set aside once completely melted and smooth. Crush remaining graham crackers into fine crumbs. Pour them into a bowl and toss with melted butter and a few pinches of salt.
- Grab the squares and garnish them however you like; dip in the chocolate, covered with graham crack crumbs, drizzle chocolate over them, it's completely up to you!
- Serve immediately or freeze until ready to serve.
- You'll need about 2 sleeves of graham crackers for this recipe. A full sleeve plus half of one for the actual squares and then use the remaining graham crackers to make into graham cracker crumbs