Key Lime Tarts

This recipe can be easily doubled to make as many tarts as you need.

Total Time:
27 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
12 min

Yield:
24 tarts
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 24 Key Lime Cooler cookies
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, preferably Key lime
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • Fresh sweetened whipped cream
  • Mint leaves or lime zest, for garnish
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Fill 2 (12-muffin) mini muffin tins with paper cups and spray cups with cooking spray. Place 1 Key Lime Cooler cookie in the bottom of each cup, flat side down.

Prepare filling. Beat together cream cheese, egg, sugar, lime juice, and zest until well mixed. Fill the cups to the top. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove tarts to cool. When completely cool, fit a star tip in a pastry bag and fill with the whipped cream. Pipe the whipped cream on top of the tarts. Garnish with tiny mint leaves or lime zest.


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    Soooo easy and good. Couldn't find key lime coolers, so crushed Moravian Meyer Lemon cookies (perfect) and made the crust. Crowd pleaser, delicious, easy, attractive, inexpensive.
    Delicious, but mine sank in the middle to almost flat. I followed the recipe exactly. I beat the filling with a hand mixer until there was no sign of any lumps. Should I have done something differently? I will fill the holes with whipped cream and hope no one complains, but I'm kind of disappointed with the appearance. I used Myers Lemon Thins (Trader Joe's, crushed finely and mixed with butter. I cooked the crusts for 5 minutes and let them cool for about 4 hours before preparing the filling. Still contemplating what went wrong. . .
    I've made these tarts many times and they're always a hit. 
    I use Geraldines Key Lime coolers. They are the perfect size and can be bought at Beall's Dept. stores here in the south.  
    SOOOO good! I couldn't find the key lime coolers either but used mini nilla wafers! Delish and a huge hit!
    What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe except for the cookie part; I used ground-up Girl Scout Thin mints instead of the suggested key lime cookie. I baked them for 10 minutes (my oven gets really hot. They were puffed up to the top of the muffin cup when I pulled them out. I sat them out to cool and they all deflated like bad souffles. Suggestions? Maybe they needed to cook longer? They taste good, look awful and don't come out of the muffin cup easily even though I sprayed the cups w/ Baker's Joy. Thanks.
    Yummy. I used some homemade ginger cookies to make the crust - simply processed with some melted butter and pressed into the bottom of the liner. Great flavor combo this way!
    So yummy! I made 12 cupcake size tarts, cooked them for 20 minutes and they came out really well. I did have to double the recipe to fill all of the 12 cupcake paper cups to the top. For the crust, I could not find the key lime cooler flat cookies, but did find key lime cooler twist cookies at my local grocery store. I processed all of the cookies in a food processor mixed with melted butter and pressed the crumbs into the cupcake paper cups. These were a huge hit!
    These were fantastic! Huge hit at a baby shower. For the crust I used crushed Key Lime Cookie Straws from Target, just dropped the crumbs in the bottom of the liners. Also just before they were done I put a cheesecake topping on them, from a cheesecake cookbook. Mix 1/4c sour cream,1/8c sugar,1/4t vanilla,2t key lime juice mixed well and spread on top then baked the final 3 minutes. The topping fills in the sunken middle and makes them look perfect. The filling was so good and so pretty! I found the mini foil liners at Michaels and sprayed them like crazy with Pam. They came out of the liners very easily.This is a definate keeper, especially when you don't want an overly sweet dessert.
    These are awesome! I made them, but rather than the cookie in the bottom, I just used refrigerated pie dough, cut them to fit in my mini muffin tins, filled them up and baked them. I sprayed Pam into each tin, and when they were done, I simply slid them out of the tins. Mmmmm! Fresh key lime pie in a small serving. Wonderful!
    I needed something easy to prepare for a benefit evening. This was the hit of the night! I made a couple slight changes. I made them in regular size cups which made 12 instead of 24 and I had to make a substitute for the Key Lime Cooler cookies which I could not located. On a whim, I used powdered donut holes and cut them in half. It provided a really unique base and texture. This one is going in my permanent recipe book.
    I made these tarts for a party and they were a hit! I found key lime cookies at The Fresh Market and they fit perfect into regular baking cups. I baked them 20 minutes to account for the larger size. These tarts are much better after they have been in the fridge for 8 hours. Before the party, I peeled off the paper liners, used canned whipped cream (Reddi-Whip) on top and added a 1/2 slice of key lime. VERY easy to make and everyone loves them.
    Great easy dessert. Generally have the ingredients on hand. (Although, I usually substitute graham crackers crumbs and make them in "regular sized" muffin tins.) We love topping these with fresh strawberries. Nice to have smaller portions instead of one large cheesecake (feels less guilt). Frequent requests to bring these to parties.
    I substituted graham cracker crumbs for the Key Lime Coolers. I could not find them in my area. I also used Low fat cream cheese and Nellie and Joes Famous Key Lime juice as I could not find any fresh, but the taste did not lack at all! My tarts were flat in the middle and not very pretty, but I put a dollop of whipped cream on top and you couldn't even tell the difference. Everyone raved over them! I give this recipe an A+
    This recipe was not only easy to follow, but also easy to substitute. Like many other reviewers, I had a lot of trouble locating the lime cooler cookies, so I just bought some Nilla wafers, mixed in some butter sugar and pressed them into the cups and voila! I will definitely be making these again very soon.
    I HAVE HAD THIS RECIPE SINCE PAULA FIRST MADE IT, BUT LIKE EVERYONE, I WANTED THE REAL KEY LIME COOLER COOKIES. JUST BOUGHT THEM @ OF ALL PLACES, PIER 1. I LOVE KEY LIME, & MAKE THE PIE FREQUENTLY. I ALSO HAVE A MINI CHEESCAKE TIN----LIKE A MINI MUFFIN TIN WITH PUSH UP BOTTOMS---LIKE A SPRINGFORM. WILL TRY USING THE NEXT TIME SO AS NOT TO HAVE TO USE PAM/PAPERS.
     
    ALSO, YOU CAN BUY NELLIE & JOE'S KEY LIME JUICE IN THE FOOD STORE.
     
    INCREDIBLY DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELICIOUS!
    I used Target's Archer Farms Key Lime Cookie Straws. They are exactly like the key lime cooler cookies except they are long instead of round like cookies. I crushed the whole bag between waxed paper using a rolling pin, added approx. 1/3 stick of melted margarine and then pressed them into the muffin cups. It worked great!
    These are one of the most delicious desserts I've tasted yet. The only thing is, they come out a bit watery (at least for me) so I'd make them a day in advance and refrigerate them. Yum!
    Ive made these a number of times now and they always come out beautiful and delicious. Plus i never have any left over! You can fancy them up with the whip cream and any type of garnish, either way their bound to be eaten. Simple to follow, easy to make and just delicious!
    Made these for an appetizer party along with Paula's "Shrimp Salad in Phyllo Cups". These tarts were so so good. People raved and had more than one. I made them with fat free cream cheese and fat free cool whip. I couldn't find any key lime cookies - so I did what another reviewer did and added some lime juice and zest to a ready made sugar cookie dough. Also - didn't have a mini muffin pan so just just the regular and made 12 large tarts. (The Shrimp Salad was also a huge hit)
    What a great and easy dessert! I couldn't find the Key Lime Cooler cookies so used mini Nilla wafers...They turned out great! I would highly recommend!
    I hosted a Margaritaville party for my boyfriend's 30th birthday and what's Margaritaville and Key West without Key Lime Pie?? Soooo, I made these tarts and they were absolutely fabulous! And for those of you who can't find the Key Lime Coolers, I found the perfect substitute: Key Lime Twists from Target. I crushed them up, mixed them with a tad bit of melted butter to hold the crumbs together (like you would do a graham cracker crust) and smashed them into the bottom of the cupcake paper. Perfecto!
    I love to make these little tarts for potlucks and BBQ's on the beach because they are so easy to make and are usually the first thing to get eaten up. I couldn't find the key lime cookies listed in the recipe, so I just use mini nilla wafers instead and it works out great. Sometimes I find key lime desserts to be a little too tart, but I didn't find that at all with this recipe. Overall a great recipe!
    BETTER AFTER SETTING IN THE FRIDGE.
    meagan finley
    This receipe is so simple to make, and everyone LOVES them so I've had to start making them for all our church functions. I only gave 4 stars because until I watched the episode on TV I had no idea the Key Lime Coolers were Byrd cookies, also finding the mini cupcake papers was a job.
    I made these for a easter cookout. They were very quick and easy to make, and they were good. NOthing great... but okay and all the kids liked them. Id make again if i was asked to bring a dessert at last minute.
    Love to cook, but not a big baker. These are so super simple and delicious. Be careful they are addicitive.
    Quick, easy and delicious! Perfect little key lime tarts!
    I made these for a shower and they were a big hit. Very easy to make, beautiful and delicious. It was a little difficult to find the Key Lime Cooler cookies, but worth the effort.
    This recipe is a light and refreshing dessert... a great change from the typical brownies and cookies! It is also incredibly quick and easy to prepare. Yum!
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