Key Lime Cheesecake with Pistachios

Key Lime Cheesecake with Pistachios

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Adjust Servings:
3 tbsp Brown Sugar
2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
6 tbsp Butter melted
(2) 8oz packages Cream Cheese
1 Condensed milk
1/2 cup Sour Cream (Full fat)
8 or 3/4 cup Limes
1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
1 lime Lime Zest
1/2 cup crushed Pistachios

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  • Dessert
  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian

If you like Key Lime Pie, you are going to love the taste of this cheesecake! The addition of Pistachios creates a lovely taste and is a festive addition for the holidays!

  • 1 hour
  • Serves 12
  • Medium


  • Crust

  • Filling

  • Topping



Key Lime Cheesecake with Pistachios is a great recipe to serve around the holiday season, or any time rather. Typical Key Lime cheesecake is served with whipped cream on top, but today we are adding pistachios because we are serving this to our family this Christmas. The first time I tried Key Lime pie was at one of our local restaurants a few years back, I was absolutely shocked at how good it was and that I never gave it a try sooner. Because I was immediately a hooked, so much so that I make it quite often now and even have a great recipe for the pie on this blog, so go check it out! Today, I’m sharing with you the Ultimate recipe for a Key Lime Cheesecake, this is so exciting! I usually add whip cream to the top of this cheesecake with the limes and zest, however Christmas is right around the corner and I thought why not make it festive by adding some Pistachios crumbled on top. This is a no bake cheesecake, my favorite way to make cheesecakes and it could not be more perfect for the holidays. It has a graham cracker crust, and is filled with cream cheese, condensed milk, vanilla extract and a little sour cream, oh and the juice from 10 limes, can’t forget the most important part. I used a 8 inch cheesecake pan, this is the size I like most because it gives you a more taller and thicker cheesecake which can serve 12 people. There really isn’t much to this recipe, just follow the basic steps below and you will have the most amazing Key Lime and pistachio cheesecake ever.

Key Lime Cheesecake with Pistachios

The awesome part about this cake is that you won’t have to spend all day in the kitchen baking, it really takes less than an hour to prepare. Then the rest of the time is spend in your freezer, setting. Bubba, says make sure you defrost the cheesecake for anywhere from 20 – 30 minutes on the counter prior to slicing and serving. This way you will have a creamy cheesecake, he really likes it creamy. During the defrosting time, you can start to decorate it with the lime zest and pistachios. Simply leave the cheesecake in the cheesecake pan on the countertop, and zest one lime overtop, release the cheesecake half way through defrosting and be sure to keep the metal bottom on in tack. This ensures the cake stays together during serving, simply sparkle your crumbled pistachios over the out part of the cake prior to serving. I think this cheesecake could be a staple at any holiday event, because I have yet to find someone who doesn’t love the fresh taste of keylime in their dessert.

Key Lime Cheesecake

Everybody loves cheesecake so it’s always a dessert winner.




To make the Key Lime and Pistachio Cheesecake (No Bake):


Cheesecake crust

  1. Start by making your base/crust, in a large bowl place your crushed shortbread and graham cracker. You can crush them in your food processor or in a large zip lock bag.
  2. Then add the melted butter and mix this together with a spoon and then use your hands to press it together so it sticks.
  3. Lightly oil your cheesecake pan and then place your graham cracker crust inside. Press firmly down to create your crust.
  4. No-bake graham cracker crust: Chill pie crust for at 30 minutes prior to filling. Prior to serving, rub the outside and bottom of the cheesecake pan with a wringed out hot cloth this helps to release the pan from the crust.
  5. Baked graham crust: Preheat oven to 325°. Bake crust for 10 minutes, cool completely before filling.



  1. Add 2 packages of cream cheese to a large bowl and with your hand held blender whisk till creamy but do not over whisk.
  2. In another large bowl add in the condensed milk and sour cream, along with the vanilla extract and blend till creamy.
  3. Last add in 3/4 cup of squeezed limes, 8 limes to be exact. Blend them in till combined, be careful to not over blend.
  4. Fold in your cream cheese whipping a few more times till blended.
  5. Pour over your crust slowly and spread out then chill in the freezer anywhere from 6 to 24 hours.

Squeezing limes for my Key Lime Cheesecake

The juice of 10 limes = 1 cup

Filling my Key Lime Cheesecake



  1. Start by removing the pistachios from the shells, and place on a large cutting board. With the side of a large knife crush the pistachios.
  2. Once your cheesecake has chilled fully, remove from the freezer.
  3. Leave the cheesecake in the cheesecake pan and add the zest from one lime overtop. I like to use the zest from the limes that where squeezed prior.
  4. Remove the cheesecake from the pan while still partially frozen and carefully place on a serving tray with the bottom metal part still attached to the cake.
  5. Once it’s on the serving tray, sprinkle around the outer edge with the crushed pistachios.
  6. Set cheesecake on the counter for another 20 minutes and then slice and serve.

Key Lime Cheesecake with lime zest

It will look like this once you remove it from the cheesecake pan, keep the metal bottom on for serving to help keep it intact. 


Key Lime Cheesecake with Pistachios crust

Sprinkle the crushed Pistachios around the cheesecake rim like this, add as much as you want.

Key Lime Cheesecake with Pistachios


That’s all folks,  what a fresh and creamy cheesecake!

Key Lime Cheesecake with Pistachios

Key Lime Cheesecake with Pistachios slice

Makes 12 slices, ruffly this thin. If you want thicker this will easily serve 8. 



Note: You can skip the pistachio topping and add whip cream if desired.


whole Key Lime Cheesecake with Pistachios

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