This simple dessert is a twist on the old chocolate wafer icebox/zebra cake and key lime pie. Silky, rich, creamy, DECADENT! Key lime lovers will rave.
OMG – these little dessert cups are exceptional! Four ingredients. No baking. Amazing taste and texture. And easy to make.
The recipe is a blend of two old familiar ones: the chocolate wafer whipped cream log you see on the box of Mr Christie (Canadian) or Nabisco (American) wafers, around since the early 1900’s; and a key lime pie. The log is often referred to as an icebox cake (due to no baking) or a zebra cake (because of the striped effect from the wafers alternated with whipped cream).Because the dessert is so rich, 1/4 serving cups do the trick for that sweet craving after dinner. You can, of course, go bigger, say in a pretty tea-cup or a small glass dessert bowl.
The key lime or lime flavour shines through and the chocolate wafer (which softens into cake after being in the fridge for several hours) is a nice addition running through the cups. The four ingredients in this recipe are key limes/limes, sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream and chocolate wafers. Don’t worry about the exact quantities when you are layering the cookies and filling, but I suggest that you use a bit more filling than cookie as the cookies will expand.
The true key lime filling uses key limes of course. Key limes are much smaller than limes, are more tart and may be more difficult to find in your grocery store. I actually prefer and use limes instead. In fact, I even cheat further by using half fresh lime juice and half lime juice from the bottle (shhh).
One special note for Canadians (and maybe elsewhere)… most recipes for key lime pie call for a 14 ounce/400 ml can of condensed sweetened milk. Recently, I can only seem to find 300 ml cans (grrr). You therefore have to break open two cans and use 1 3/4 cups. Oh well. Worth it.
If your guests like key lime anything, this is a guaranteed winner.
- Use a pie dish or small casserole instead of making individual portions.
- Use bottled lime juice or key lime juice instead of squeezing the limes/key limes.
- If you can’t find chocolate wafers, graham crackers should be fine too (or other thin cookie wafers).
- Key Lime Icebox cups can be made a day or two ahead and kept wrapped in the fridge (or even frozen for a few weeks). I suggest adding the topping of cookie crumbs and lime zest near serving time (i.e. refrigerate or freeze with out them).