KEY LIME SHORTBREAD FLUFF

You know how much I love Key Lime! Particularly in the martini form, LOL! My mom makes her Key Lime Pie with the incredible Nellie and Joe's lime juice and since I had some left after making the Mini Key Lime Mousse Cups, I had to think of something else to make that was light and fluffy and refreshing for summer. 
  Yum

The Pineapple Pretzel Fluff Dessert I made back in January was such a huge hit that I wanted to do something along those lines. I love anything with a shortbread crust so that was a given and without doing the exact key lime filling as my moms pie, I went for a cooked custard style pudding. Put that in the middle of a luscious cream cheese layer and creamy whipped topping and your all set!! Get ready for fluffy yumminess!!
What a great dessert to serve after a savory summertime meal. I think this would be kind of pretty at Christmas time too, maybe served on red plates?

What you'll need

KEY LIME SHORTBREAD FLUFF
Crust
1 cup flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup butter-melted
1/2 cup pecans or macadamia nuts –chopped very finely 
Cream Layer
8 oz. cream cheese- softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup cool whip
1 teaspoon vanilla
Key Lime Pudding Layer
2 Tablespoon cornstarch
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup key lime juice
4 egg yolks-slightly beaten
4 Tablespoon butter
green food coloring-optional
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 1/2 cup cool whip
Topping
1 1/2 cup cool whip
Optional-Macadamia or pecan nuts-chopped or
Optional-Pecan crunch ~ Recipe HERE

Directions
Preheat the oven and spray a 11x7 baking dish with cooking spray. In a medium bowl combine crust ingredients with a fork and press in baking dish, baking for 18 min. Let cool. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, vanilla and and powdered sugar until smooth. Fold in the 1 cup cool whip and spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate. In a medium saucepan stir the cornstarch and sugar together. Add key lime juice, egg yolks and butter and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat, cover with plastic and refrigerate about an hour. Remove pan and pudding mixture from refrigerator. To pudding mixture, add a few drops of green food coloring and mix well, then stir in the lime zest.  Fold in 1 1/2 cups cool whip and spread over cream layer. Spread last 1 1/2 cups of cool whip over pudding layer. Sprinkle with nuts or crunch and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. 


The shortbread layer after it's baked before you layer the cream goodness.



I have yet to ask, what are your favorite summer desserts? Do you usually take a dessert or salad or app to get togethers? I'd love to know!
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42 comments:

  1. Key lime?!?!?! I love anything key lime!!!! This looks so wonderful on a hot summer day!

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  2. This looks so yummy, Andrea! Key lime is one of my favorites, especially in the summer when it's so refreshing. I love the shortbread crust, another one of my favorites!! Happy Tuesday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  3. You always kill me with your desserts. I may have to try this, because I LOOOVE anything key lime. This looks way better then key lime pie even! YUM!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  4. Andrea, you've done it again! This looks sooooooooo good! My husband would think he found heaven. I'm going to make this one for sure!

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  5. Wow, wow, wow! I love key lime pie, so I know this would just be over the top delicious! Have a terrific Tuesday!

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  6. Ha!! I love the "I eat carbs!" chick! You know I try to watch my carbs, but it's been hard lately. Oh well, I gotta live a little, right? This dessert looks amazing! Do you use the same key lime juice in your martini? I mean, if I'm going to eat carbs, might as well have a martini, too! ;)

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  7. I love key lime pie so I am all over this! :)

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  8. This pie looks heavenly !!! I must try :) Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  9. I loooove key lime anything, so this is right up my alley! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  10. That looks great for summer! Love CoolWhip! I'll be checking out your pineapple version too! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks!
    Michelle

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  11. Mmmm, mmm! it was funny, the one dessert I wanted at the first place we went to was Key Lime pie, and they were out. This looks delicious. I am not great in the kitchen, but I might be able to make this! Hope you have a wonderful week, my friend! XX jess

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  12. That is just perfect for summer. a cool taste with that lime flavor. MMM... just give me a beach to eat it on :)

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  13. Oh my delicious!! I would love to attempt to make this, but who am I kidding I would screw it up!! Looks so delish! Yum!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  14. That looks amazing! You had me at shortbread crust! :) Have a great day.

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  15. You are so creative! When I was scrolling through Bloglovin and saw this, I was like hey Andrea needs to see this, then quickly realized it was from you! haha, good job!

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  16. oooo man! I bet you were one of the most popular moms on the block!

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  17. You had me at Key lime!!!

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  18. I'm drooling! Seriously this looks so good! I just love fruity desserts in summer!

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  19. This looks so delicious! Pinned and printed!

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  20. Key lime is one of my favorites - I am with you on that!

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  21. This looks so yummy! It reminds me of a dessert my mom used to make; instead of a key lime layer she used pistachio pudding. Pinning to try this version.

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  22. That looks so delicious! And I am not even such a sweet tooth!

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  23. You are the reason I fail myself on the carbs. But it is ok. I love you anyway. This just sings to me...and I'm making it.

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  24. OMG that looks absolutely delicious!!! I shall have to pass on the recipe to my hubby lol
    Suzy xxx
    www.suzyturner.com

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  25. This looks so good! Enjoy your key lime! ;)

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  26. Oh wow this dessert sounds amazing and the different layers all sound so good! Good to know about that key west lime juice too.

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  27. I am a carb-oholic and this wouldn't last a minute at my house!

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  28. Hi Andrea, I think you have another hit on your hands! Sounds so cool and delicious - the colors look so light and summery too! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

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  29. That shortbread crust would definitely win me over!! I can eat it with a spoon.

    Happy Thoughts of Home. Thanks for joining us. ;)

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  30. That shortbread crust would definitely win me over!! I can eat it with a spoon.

    Happy Thoughts of Home. Thanks for joining us. ;)

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  31. I love key limes too and with my own key lime tree that just keeps producing and producing. I love to find recipes to use up all of those key limes. This looks awesome. Pinning this.
    Bev

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  32. This looks so good and the crust sounds wonderful!

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  33. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don't forget to Comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

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  34. This sounds so good! I love layered desserts like this. Especially the shortbread crust. Thanks for sharing it!

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  35. We love the key lime flavor, we will really enjoy this dessert! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  36. This looks delicious! I love key lime anything. Pinning. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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  37. Love key lime and that crust! The whole thing looks cool, creamy and delish! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie

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  38. shortbread, pecans, key lime? YUM!!! Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

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  39. ok, I am so making these babies. I love key lime. I also use Nellie and Joe's lime juice. These look heavenly. I can almost taste them. Thanks Andrea for sharing these tasty treats at DI&DI.

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  40. Key lime anything I adore, have to try this yummy
    Light dessert!

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  41. This looks absolutely delicious! I'm definitely making this for the next upcoming party. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It :)

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