key lime pie cookie cups

So, you know you’re a food blogger when you snatch up seasonal cake mixes, special edition frosting flavors, cupcake papers and sprinkles like you have stumbled across a shelf full of $100 bills.  It was a BIG day for me when I only picked up one key lime cookie mix and tub of frosting when they popped up at Target.  And boy, am I regretting that self-restraint now.  Pin this recipe then run to the grocery store to scour your shelves and stock up.  Because these key lime pie cookie cups are  Seriously.    

key lime pie cookie cups
Yield: 36 – 40 cookie cups

1 box Pillsbury key lime cookie mix (and ingredients noted on box)
1 teaspoon key lime juice
1 recipe graham cracker crust (1 & 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter)
1 tub Pillsbury key lime frosting
Fresh grated lime zest

Prepare graham cracker crust by stirring graham cracker crumbs and sugar together and mixing in melted butter.  Prepare cookie mix as directed on box but add in 1 teaspoon of key lime juice.  

In mini muffin pans, place 1 heaping teaspoon of graham cracker crust in each well.  Use the back of a teaspoon or a tart tamper to press the crumbs into the bottom of the well.  Then, using a small cookie scoop, add about 1 tablespoon of key lime cookie dough on top of the cookie crust.  You don’t have to press it down – just let it rest right on top of the crumbs. 

Since I was using a dark coated pan, I reduced the temperature of my oven to 350* and baked the cookie cups about 12 minutesKeep an eye on them so they don‘t get too dark.

Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool about a minute.  Again, use the back of a teaspoon or a tart tamper to press the cookies into cookie cups.

Here, let me show you … and please excuse the darker pictures – my kitchen has no.natural.light.  SIGH.

Basically:  1. crust 2. scoop 3. bake 4. smoosh.

Once cooled, pipe key lime frosting into each cookie cup with a star tip and garnish with fresh grated lime zest.  Nothing makes prepared frosting look better than a pretty piping job and a little sprinkle of something!

Aren’t they gorgeous?!  The graham cracker crust really gives these cookies the taste and feel of traditional key lime pie.  It’s a great buttery crunch that gives way to a soft lime cookie and velvety lime frosting.  The key lime juice and grated lime zest give a fresh
burst of flavor to the pre-made mix and frosting, too.  Key lime pie cookie cups … pretty much the best two bites of the day!

Because one key lime recipe is clearly NOT enough …
This post was shared at the awesome link parties on my link page!


  1. Ohhh these look so good! I love key lime pie, so I’m sure I’ll love these!

  2. Adorable! I love key lime, these are going on my list for sure!!!!

  3. I’ve had that cookie mix in my cabinet forever. I need to make something with it!

  4. yum. I love all treats that come in this size.

  5. Yum, these look great!

  6. Oh man. I’m so all up on this!

  7. um….yum!!! :)

  8. yes please!! good thing I’m going grocery shopping tomorrow so I can make these this weekend!

  9. look so yummy and what a pretty pic!

  10. Wiping the drool off my shirt! YUM.

  11. YUM! These sound good but not sure I’d make them with frosting like that. I’m sure you could easily whip up a pudding-like filling for them though! Stopping by from the Wow Me Wednesday link-up.

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

  12. Yum!! Sounds delicious.

  13. These look so good, and are adorable. Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to make them. Have a great day!

  14. I want these NOW! I love anything “lime”. So yummy! Thank you for sharing! I’d love to have you visit me at Get Your Crap Together! We have a Pattern Party from the 1st of the month to the 10th and would love you to check it out. See you soon!

  15. Yum! Yum! Yum!

  16. This is such a fun idea! I love it and great for Cinco de Mayo coming up. Thanks for sharing a great recipe :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  17. these look delicious. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  18. I have a box in my pantry…thanks for the inspiration!! They look amazing!!

  19. LOVE key lime, and what a clever idea! pinning

  20. Those are gorgeous, and look absolutely scrumptious!!!

  21. Yum! These look so adorable & a great idea! :) I’ve pinned them to my cookie board! Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link:

  22. Looks sooooo good! Thanks for sharing!I pinned to my recipe board :)

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  23. These sound amazing! I’m a new follower by way of the Create & Inspire party. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  24. This recipe looks so good. I’ve pinned it so I can give it a try later. I would love it if you would stop by my Get Crafty Friday link party and share your recipe! I hope to see you there!


  25. Yum!!

    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  26. Oh man! How am I supposed to loose this baby weight with recipes like this?

  27. Oh goodness, that looks super delicious and easy. I’m gonna have to try this for the husband.


  28. Thes almost look too cute to eat!! Ca’t wait to try them! Would be thrilled for you to come join my link party and follow along!

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  30. These look amazing! Shared on fb and pinned. Thank you for sharing.
    Consider yourself hugged,

  31. Those look SOOO yummy!

  32. Yes please! can I have one of these shipped to me? Although, I might actually need two so I don’t have to share with my key lime loving husband!
    Thanks so much for linking this up to the Pinworthy Projects Party!

  33. Those look amazing … and I love the pretty color! Thanks for linking up at Project Inspire{d}, Keri!

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  35. Thanks so much for sharing your yummy key lime cookie cups recipe at Project Inspire[d}! I featured you here – come grab a Featured Button if you’d like! I pinned and shared your recipe! xo Heather

  36. I wish all bloggers would give people the ability to print a recipe that they spent so much time lovingly blogging about. I truly want to make this but am not thrilled about having to copy and paste into a different program to print it out. There are simple add-ons or plug-ins with every blogging program to make it more user friendly. Please consider this when posting more recipes.
    Thanks and I’m off to make this dish. I’m gonna just add key lime zest to the regular cookie mix & make my own frosting.

  37. Just made these and they were very good ….will be making these again…thanks

  38. Laura O. says:

    I bought the mix to make these today. Also bought Pink Lemonade cookie mix and matching frosting. I’m going to treat the girls at work!! I found the mixes and frosting at Walmart!!

  39. Here do you get the lime Cooke mix and frosting?

  40. I made these last night and they were AMAZING!!!! Will be stocking up on the cookie mix to make more in the future. Yummy!

  41. After doing some research I found the ingredients for the Keylime dessert at Walmart.

  42. Tried these this summer and loved them, stocked up on all three flavors, key lime, orange and pink lemonade, all were good. Just made them with the fall limited flavor Caramel Apple, adding a touch of boiled cider to the cookie dough. Just as yummy. this recipe is def a keeper and very versatile.

  43. These are soooooo good! Thank you for the recipe! Perfect for Easter!

  44. I made these and they are wonderful! I was wondering if I could freeze these to take on a trip and just get them out and thaw them before eating?

    • Hi Cindi – these have never lasted long enough to freeze around our house :) Maybe try to freeze one or two and taste them after they are thawed before you pop a whole batch in the freezer? I’m so glad you liked these key lime cookie cups – they are one of my favorite treats!!

  45. Randi Plummer says:

    Trying to find a way to make it GF! Any helpers?


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