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Key Lime Recipes That Go Way Beyond Pie

06/20/2012 09:09 am ET | Updated Jul 10, 2015

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Key lime pie is arguably the perfect summer dessert. It's rich and creamy, tart and sweet; and if you eat it perfectly chilled (or better yet, frozen), it's infinitely refreshing on a hot day. The Key lime is smaller than regular limes and has a stronger flavor that's hard to beat. But the famous Florida Key lime flavor isn't just great for making pies -- it does wonders in all kinds of desserts.

From cupcakes to donuts to ice cream, Key lime does not disappoint. If you can't find Key limes, however, you can always substitute with conventional limes -- we won't tell. Just be sure to make some of these recipes below. It's the best way to survive the summer heat.

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