Key Lime Pistachio Cheesecake Bars

by Erin

These key lime pistachio cheesecake bars are the perfect combination of two delicious desserts. Complete the fusion with a little sprinkle of crushed pink peppercorn on top.

Key Lime Pistachio Cheesecake Bars Topped with Whipped Cream.

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Key Lime Pistachio Cheesecake Bars on a plate.
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    Key Lime Pistachio Cheesecake Bars from above.

    What’s better than key lime pie and pistachio cheesecake? When you combine them into one – key lime pie pistachio cheesecake bars.

    Let’s start from the bottom to the top.

    The crust isn’t just your standard graham cracker, but with a little bit of pulverized pistachios as well. Then the filling is cream cheese, key lime juice and zest, and some homemade pistachio butter. To finish it off I topped it with whipped cream, more pistachios, and a little bit of crushed pink peppercorns.

    Key Lime Pistachio Cheesecake Bars, on a plate being eaten with a fork.

    Pink peppercorns as a garnish for key lime pistachio cheesecake bars? Yes trust me, the addition enhances the key lime citrus flavor as well as the cream cheese. It’s such a small thing but a tiny bit really does bring this dessert to full fruition.

    Of course if you are still a skeptic you can omit it, but I challenge you to try it out on just one bite. Live a little!

    Key Lime Pistachio Cheesecake Bars up close.

    Key Lime Pistachio Cheesecake Bars Topped with Whipped Cream.


    Yield: 16 Pieces Prep Time: Cooking Time:
    Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



    • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
    • 1/3 cup finely chopped pistachios, plus extra for garnish
    • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted



    • Fresh whipped cream
    • Reserved chopped pistachios (from crust)
    • Crushed pink peppercorn, optional for garnish


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang on opposite sides, and lightly grease. Set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, chopped pistachios, and melted butter until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until set and just barely golden. Remove from oven and cool completely.
    3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, pistachio butter, and cornstarch until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, vanilla, lime zest and juice, beating on low speed just until blended. Add a few drops of green food coloring, if using and stir until just blended.
    4. Spoon batter evenly into crust. Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely on wire rack. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight before serving topped with whipped cream, more pistachios, and crushed pink peppercorn, if using.
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    Source: Adapted from my Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Bars, AllRecipes Key Lime Cheesecake, and Recette Magazine’s Labneh Cheesecake with Pistachio Crust.

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    Pistachio and key lime together sounds so delicious. And it’s such a creamy looking cheesecake.

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