This key lime cheesecake recipe is a perfect balance of tangy and sweet flavors, making it a refreshing and delicious dessert option. The creamy texture of the cheesecake combined with the zesty key lime flavor creates a truly irresistible treat. Whether you’re a fan of cheesecake or key lime pie, this recipe is sure to satisfy your dessert cravings.

Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 50 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes | Serves: 8


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup key lime juice
  • 1 tbsp key lime zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Whipped cream and additional key lime zest for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of sugar, and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the key lime juice, key lime zest, and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the filling over the crust in the pan.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes or until the center is set.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  8. Before serving, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with additional key lime zest.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 450 || Protein: 8g || Carbohydrates: 35g || Fat: 30g || Fiber: 1g

What I Love About This Recipe?

  • The perfect balance of tangy key lime flavor and creamy cheesecake texture
  • Easy to make with simple ingredients
  • Refreshing and light dessert option
  • Ideal for special occasions or a weeknight treat
  • The beautiful green color adds a vibrant touch to the table

What To Avoid While Making this Recipe?

  • Avoid overmixing the batter, as this can result in a dense cheesecake
  • Make sure the cream cheese is fully softened to avoid lumps in the filling
  • Do not overbake the cheesecake, as it can cause cracking on the surface
  • Allow the cheesecake to cool completely before chilling to prevent condensation on the surface
  • Avoid using bottled key lime juice, as fresh key lime juice provides the best flavor

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