March 14, 2023

Lime Chiffon Pie

Tangy and utterly creamy lime chiffon pie. This easy no-bake dessert is a hybrid between a cream pie and a no-bake cheesecake. It uses fresh lime zest and juice to flavor the filling.

4.75 from 4 votes
Yield: 1 8" pie
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Let’s get one thing out of the way: I got inspired to make this after watching tv with my daughters. And err, this isn’t the first time one of my childhood favorite shows got a dedicated recipe on the blog (lemon meringue strawberry shortcake). 

Does this mean I should make a hybrid lime chiffon/strawberry shortcake? Mmm, I like that idea. 


This recipe was inspired by Betty Crocker’s Lime Chiffon Pie. I love the slice in the photo (it looks like a slice of a giant green marshmallow pie!) but I wanted to do this: a. Without gelatin, b. By making my own whipped cream, c. with lots of lime juice for a prominent lime flavor. I use cream cheese which gives the pie a more firm texture and adds that yummy tangy cheesecake flavor. The result is a cross between a no-bake cheesecake and a lime chiffon pie, and it’s just perfect. The kind of dessert that immediately brights up your taste buds!  


Key Recipe Ingredients 

Cookie crumbs: If you’ve made any of my cheesecakes, you know I like to use digestive cookies often, but your everyday graham crackers will do too (probably not the ones with cinnamon). IF you want to use a sandwich cookie, remove the cream or reduce the butter in the recipe so the crust isn’t overly soft. If the crumbs are more than ‘wet sand’ in texture the crust will shrink when it bakes, leak butter and fall apart. 


Cream Cheese: Full fat so we can get a sturdy, firm filling. Dairy free cream cheese could work but try to opt for a brand that isn’t overly soft. 


Powdered sugar: Since we aren’t baking the filling I much prefer powdered sugar made with tapioca instead of cornstarch. The former melts on the tongue, the latter needs to be heated or you’ll taste that ‘chalkyness’. Sift it before it goes into the mix! 


Limes: You’ll need about 8 to get enough juice if they are small, about 4-5 if they are large. If they aren’t organic, rub them well under running water to remove any residual wax coating.  


Heavy cream: or heavy whipping cream. Light cream will not work, it doesn’t have enough fat to thicken. If you wanted to make these dairy free you could use coconut cream (coconut and lime does sound wonderful together!) but chill the cans before you make the filling with them. 


Vanilla: This is the kind of pie where vanilla will stand out so use something good like vanilla bean paste or a freshly scraped bean. The speckles will turn it pretty too! Definitely don’t use artificial vanilla here. 


Making Lime Chiffon Pie Easy 

And to be honest, it’s not just for the ease of it. I always make my whipped cream in a food processor. I go into it in a bit more detail in this chocolate pie post, but basically in a food processor you are beating less air into the heavy cream which makes it more stable. It’ll keep shape, without weeping/separating for days. 

Food processor cookie crust: Cookies, whichever kind you choose will need to be ground in the food processor. The butter can be added after and then you just pulse it a few times until the butter has coated all the crumbs and it resembles wet sand. 

Press crumbs and bake the crust: If you are using a cake pan as I instruct, you’ll find some of the crumbs unwilling to really adhere to sticking up the sides. Don’t fret, do the best you can trying to get it as high and even as you can. If parts of it fall as you are working, it’s ok! We like a rustic looking pie. 

You might be wondering why I call this a no bake pie then ask you to bake the crust, it’s only the crust! I do this so that the crust is sturdy when I slice and I get nice clean cuts. Without baking it’ll come apart quite a bit when you slice. 

Now, wipe it clean of any crumbs.  You don’t want any of that grit in the creamy filling. 


Food Processor Lime Chiffon Filling

One major reason we’re able to get away from using cool whip in this recipe and making our own, is because we’re making a stable filling by using the food processor. This whips a lot less air into the heavy cream which means the pie will last longer in the fridge.

 I like to do this part in steps because at first I want to get the cream cheese smooth and process any lumps out of this. 

So I’ll start by adding the sugar first, then the cream cheese and the lime zest and process on high for about 30 seconds until it looks well, creamy and you can’t see any lumps. 

You’ll want to grab a rubber spatula and scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl to get it all mixed in well then add the rest of the ingredients, save the heavy cream and pulse to mix. 

The heavy cream goes in last but it’s the one you need to keep an eye on: you don’t want to over process the cream, it’ll separate and get rather rough, but you also need to process until it’s thick and very creamy. Use the video to look for the right consistency. 


The pie should chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight so it can firm up to be sliced. 


Topping and serving the pie 

Lime Curd: I used my lime curd recipe and spread about ½ cup on top after the pie chilled. To be honest, I loved it but I am a lemon/lime aficionado. My family are not, and I got a few complaints of ‘wow that’s too much lime’ from them ;p 

Extra lime zest: Just to enhance the look of the pie and make sure no one thinks it’s mint chocolate ;p 

More whipped cream? A few google images of lime chiffon pie show a slice dolloped with a swirl of whipped cream. Honestly, the pie is so creamy and full of whipped cream I can’t see it being necessary and would altogether just be too much cream. 

Bare. How I think it would be most people pleasing, as is, with those beautiful lime swoops visible. 

Strawberries: Oof I do think this piled with macerated strawberries would be wonderful. Slice 1lb strawberries and sprinkle 1 TB sugar, squeeze half a lemon over it and let set for about an hour.


FAQ on Lime Chiffon Pie & Bars

What kind of pan should I use to make the pie? 

I use an 8” cake pan, grease it and line it with parchment paper. I like this method and pan for two reasons: 1. I don’t have to worry about any butter leakage when I bake the crust and 2. I can just lift out the pie once it’s chilled and put it on a nicer serving plate. 

You can use a springform if you prefer. 

Also, a muffin pan with cupcake liners would work too! Not sure how many it would make but I’d venture at least a dozen. 


Alternatively, make lime chiffon bars 

Same recipe, same everything, just a different pan. Use a square 8 or 9” pan and place two sheets of parchment overlapping so they create a + and all sides are covered. 

When you press the crumbs into the pan, you can just do one layer (no need to go up the sides) pressed into the bottom. Everything else will be the same.


Can I make this without a food processor? 

You can – I’d do it by putting the cookies in a gallon ziplock bag and hitting it with a rolling pin until I had crumbs. You’ll want to press some of the cookies down with your fingers to break up the smaller bits. 

Then you can put the crumbs in a bowl and mix with the melted butter. 

The filling I’d then make either in a stand mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer, whipping the cream cheese first until there’s no lumps. Then adding the heavy cream and whipping until it’s thick. With this method you’ll likely have it separating a bit if left in the fridge for too long (more than a day or two).



Recipe for Lime Chiffon Pie

Lime Chiffon Pie

Tangy, utterly creamy and easy lime chiffon pie. This no bake dessert is a hybrid between a cream pie and a no-bake cheesecake.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Yields: 1 8" pie
4.75 from 4 votes



  • 250g or 2 cups cookies digestives, graham crackers or golden oreos with cream removed
  • 80g or 6 tablespoons or ⅓ cup unsalted or salted butter melted


  • 226g or 1 brick full fat cream cheese
  • Zest of 4-5 limes
  • 100g or ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 35g or ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 60g or ¼ cup lime juice use more if you like a stronger, sharper taste
  • 480g or 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • Green food coloring optional


Make and bake the crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8” round cake pan and press a sheet of parchment paper into it, it’s ok if it wrinkles on the sides. Use some metal clips to hold the parchment in place. Alternatively, line an 8 or 9” square pan with two overlapping sheets of parchment paper.
  • In a food processor, grind the cookies until they are fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and process until the crumbs are like wet sand.
  • Press the crumbs in the bottom of and up the sides of the prepared pan. It’s ok if you can’t get much up the sides, do your best. If you are using a square pan, pressing the crumbs into one layer on the bottom is fine.
  • Bake the crust for 10 minutes then let cool on the counter.

Make the filling

  • Wipe the bowl and blades of the food processor completely clean of any crumbs. Put the cream cheese, lime zest and granulated sugar in and process for a minute or two until you can’t see any lumps of cream cheese. Scrape down the bowl if you see clumps of cream cheese on the sides and process to just combine.
  • Pour in the lime juice, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt and process for 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl.
  • Now add the heavy cream and process on high until the mix has thickened to the texture of whipped cream, depending on the fat content of your heavy cream and the strength of your food processor this can take 3-7 minutes. You can add a drop of green food dye while it’s mixing to alter the color.
  • Pour into the cooled shell and set in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight to chill.
  • Serve cold and store leftovers in the fridge.

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  1. I also struggled to get my mixture to set. I was careful to measure the ingredients properly without adding additional lime juice, but when I added the cream, despite watching it very closely and using a high powered food processor, the mixture never achieved the proper texture. I put it in the fridge to see what happens overnight but if it doesn’t set, I too will give it the frozen treatment. Next time I will whip the cream separately and fold it into the other already mixed ingredients. i wish I knew where I went wrong.

  2. Hi, I’d like to make this for an event on Sunday. If I make it Friday evening, will that be OK? Will it get soggy or watery if madr in advance?

  3. I am planning to make this soon, and you suggested in one of the comments to watch the video to get the thickness correct. I turned my ad-blocker off in order to see the video, but it still won’t load past 30 seconds (because it’s trying to load another ad?) Would you consider removing ads from your videos at least?

    • That’s so annoying, I’ll have to ask my ad managers why this is happening =/ I added a photo to the instructions that shows what the filling should look like, hope that helps!

  4. Hello Sam, just saw this amazing recipe and I would love to bake it for the weekend. Just one question: how did you make the green glaze..? Couldn’t find it.. ???????? thanks so much in advance! With all my love, Sandrita

  5. 5 stars
    My Easter guests said it was the best pie they had ever tasted! The texture was amazing… About to make again for my baby shower. Thank you for the recipe!

  6. 4 stars
    Hey hey! I love all your recipes, first and foremost. Second, no matter what I did, my filling never came to a whipped consistency? I can almost 99% promise I was correct in all my measurements. At one point it seemed like it was starting to thicken and then it just broke and went full liquid. I don’t blame the recipe but I consider myself a relatively seasoned baker and was wondering if you can help me problem solve what went wrong, as I’m baffled. Thank you!

    • Hi Zoe ! IT sounds like it got to the right point and then it broke – like it was possibly overwhipped. Did you watch the video above the recipe box? It shows how thick it should be.

  7. 5 stars
    Refreshing end to any dinner (or just about anytime of the day). It’s a great balance flavor wise, not too sweet or sour. I had to freeze mine to get it to set (but may have been user error in adding too much lime- I added an extra 2 T for a zing?). Regardless, was described as a “frozen key lime pie” or “lime pie with just the perfect hit of salty/sweet/tart”. Will try again and see if I can get it to set without freezing. Great recipe as always!

    • Hannah, than you for the review! It could definitely be the extra lime that contributed to the softer texture, but I am thinking it could also be the whipped cream or how long the mix was whipped for. Glad you liked it nonetheless!