Mascarpone Key Lime Mini Pies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12 mini pies
 
These mini pies are truly my biggest addiction. The refreshing light, sweet flavor of Key limes and the creamy, airy mascarpone are the obvious stars, but the real surprise lies in the unique taste of cardamom in the graham cracker crust. It’s a magical combination! Makes about 12 mini pies.
Ingredients
  • Filling
  • 8 oz (250 g) mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 oz or 300 mL) sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) freshly squeezed or bottled Key lime juice
  • 2 cups (500 mL) frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), about 6 oz/175 g
  • Crust
  • 11/4 cups (310 mL) graham cracker crumbs (about 41/2 oz/130 g)
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) butter, melted
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) ground cardamom or ground cinnamon
  • Garnishes
  • Additional frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), optional
  • Sliced Key limes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer), beat mascarpone cheese on High for about 1 minute, until creamy. Add condensed milk and lime juice; beat on Medium for about 1 minute, until smooth. Gently fold in whipped topping, until blended.
  2. Place 12 silicone muffin liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Scoop mixture into cups until three-quarters full.
  3. Crust: In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and cardamom, stirring well.
  4. Sprinkle crust mixture evenly over each mini pie. Press gently with the back of a spoon to flatten. Freeze for about 2 hours, until firm.
  5. Make It Now Remove from freezer. Gently remove silicone liners and invert mini pies onto a serving plate, crust side down. Top with additional whipped topping and a slice of Key lime, if using. Serve frozen.
  6. Make It a Freezer Meal Remove from freezer. Transfer mini pies, in their silicone liners, to 2 labeled gallon-size (4 L) freezer bags. Seal, removing as much air as possible, and freeze.
  7. Serve Remove from freezer. Gently remove silicone liners and invert mini pies onto a serving plate, crust side down. Top with additional whipped topping and a slice of Key lime, if using. Serve frozen.
Recipe by Noshing With the Nolands at https://noshingwiththenolands.com/mascarpone-key-lime-mini-pies/