One of my favorite summer desserts is key lime pie but this recipe is a great alternative since it has all of the flavor without having to use an oven or a cooking blow torch (which nobody seems to have in real life). Plus, toasted coconut is an added bonus since nothing says summer more than the coconutty goodness of a piña colada. This is a great dish to share with friends and travels well (beachside picnics, we’re looking at you).

Coconut Key Lime Cheesecake Dip

  • Prep Time:30 minutes
  • Cook Time:2 minutes
  • Total Time:45 minutes
  • Servings:20
  • Medium


  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Graham crackers, cookies, or fruit to dip
Photo by Pippa Leigh
  • Step 1

    Melt butter in a medium frying pan. Toast coconut flakes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, until browned. Cool.

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  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and key lime juice and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.

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  • Step 3

    Fold in toasted coconut and half the zest with a rubber spatula, reserving 1 Tablespoon for garnishing.

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  • Step 4

    In a clean bowl with a clean whisk attachment, whip heavy whipping cream and granulated sugar until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into cheesecake mixture.

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  • Step 5

    Refrigerate 15-30 minutes before serving. When ready to serve, garnish with remaining zest and toasted coconut, and enjoy with graham cracker, strawberries, or pound cake slices.

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