Monday, April 8, 2013

Salted Margarita Pie (in jars) with Pretzel Cookie Crust, Boozy White Chocolate-Key Lime Pie Filling, & Whipped Cream

Salted Margarita Pie (in jars) with Pretzel Cookie Crust, Boozy
White Chocolate-Key Lime Pie Filling, & Whipped Cream
Holy crap y'all, when did it get so hot outside? It's seriously hot as the dickens. But, you know what that means, SUMMER FOOD. Grilled burgers, fresh seafood, homemade ice cream + sorbet, fruity drinks, and key lime pie. I'm partial to my Deep Dish Key Lime Meringue Pie because it never disappoints. Well, here's an upgraded recipe of this summer dessert classic. Salted Margarita Pie is just the boozy sister of key lime pie with a couple unique twists. Instead of a boring 'ole graham crackers, a pretzel cookie crust is made and it certainly shines throughout the dish. I love its crumbly + crunchy texture and its' lightly salted flavor. It's so good that it makes you wonder why this crust isn't used for every pie you make. What makes this pie extra special is the filling... how can you go wrong with ingredients like white chocolate, freshly squeezed margarita mix, citrus zest, and booze? You can't. And guess what, it's made with not just one kind of booze, but TWO. Tequila and Cointreau spike this luscious custard and give it a margarita flair. I know that some of you are thinking that white chocolate sounds like an odd addition in a tart pie, but I think it balanced the strong taste of alcohol and citrus with its' sweetness and creamy finish. For a while now, I have been wanting to make a dessert in a mason jar because I love the retro vibe and easy portability. We actually made it for the Jimmy Buffet concert that we went to in February and it was the perfect treat to snack on, and it's actually quite simple! All you have to do is pack in the pretzel cookie crust and pour in an even layer of margarita pie filling and bake until it has just set. The jars of pie are finished with homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of mixed citrus sea salt, which perfectly mimics the effortlessly wonderful salted rim of a margarita. So, you can't miss that step! This dessert would be awesome for a picnic or a day at the beach, that's for sure. All that's left for y'all to do is grab a spoon and start diggin' at it. Trust me, your mouth will be watering in anticipation, trying to get at the bottom layer of salty-pretzel-cookie-goodness!! Enjoy :)
Perfect Layering.
Homemade whipped cream with mixed citrus sea salt & fresh lime rounds...
The best part: Salty Pretzel Cookie Crust
Go on and get in there!
For the Pretzel Cookie Crust:
8T + 4T Unsalted Butter, 8T at Room Temperature & 4T Melted
1/3C + 1T Light Brown Sugar, Packed
3T Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
½C AP Flour
1½C Pretzels (crushed into the size of small peas or old-fashioned rolled oats)
1/8t Baking Powder
Pinch of Baking Soda
½t + ¼t Salt

For the White Chocolate Key Lime Pie Filling Spiked with Tequila & Cointreau:
2 14oz Cans of Sweetened, Condensed Milk
11oz Melted White Chocolate
6 Egg Yolks (you can save the egg whites and make a meringue topping if you like)
1C Homemade Margarita Mix (but freshly squeezed citrus juice would be fine)
3 Limes, Zested
4T High Quality Clear Tequila
2T Cointreau
Green Food Coloring (to your liking)
Homemade Mixed Citrus Sea Salt, small lemon pieces

For the Whipped Cream:
1C Heavy Whipping Cream
1T Sugar
1t Vanilla Extract
Freshly Grated Lime Zest & Mixed Citrus Sea Salt, For Garnishing

1. For the Pretzel Cookie Crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with Pam. In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine 8T room temperature butter, 1/3C light brown sugar, and sugar in medium bowl. Beat the mixture until light and fluffy, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolk; beat until pale and fluffy. Add in the pretzel pieces, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat until well blended, about 1 minute. Turn the pretzel cookie mixture out onto prepared baking sheet; press out evenly to almost the edges of pan. Bake until light golden on top, 15-18 minutes. Transfer baking pan to rack and cool cookie completely. Using hands, crumble oat cookie into a food processor and process until it becomes wet sand, and then add melted butter, salt, and brown sugar. Pulse until mixture is moist enough to stick together. Transfer cookie crust mixture into mason jars. Using fingers, press mixture evenly into the bottom of the jars. Place pie dishes with crust on rimmed baking sheet.
2. For the Key Lime Pie Filling: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, melted white chocolate, egg yolks, key lime juice (or homemade margarita mix), tequila, and triple sec until well blended. And then add in the fresh lime zest (or lemon zest may substituted) & green food coloring (to you liking). Pour the margarita pie filling into the pretzel crust filled mason jars. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes (depending on your oven), or until the pie filling is set, but still jiggles slightly. Remove the pie from the oven and let the filling cool & set slightly. Cover with the lids and bands and refrigerate for at least two hours or until chilled & set.
3. For the Whipped Cream: Just before serving, whip cream until soft peaks form. Fold in sugar and vanilla, whipping until stiff peaks form. Garnish pie jars with whipped cream, freshly grated lime zest, and a sprinkle of homemade mixed citrus sea salt, if using. Serve immediately. This makes roughly six 12oz Salted Margarita Pie in Jars.


  1. Hey, I just discovered your blog and love it!! Especially this recipe!!!
    It would mean a lot if you checked out my blog!!?? -
    Sara-Jayne xx

  2. Oooh.... you did it again, you made me drool all over my phone screen!! I will be making this this weekend. So envious though, we went from 70's last weekend to rain, snow and winds this week... so I kinda need this cool summery type treat to pick up my spirits again. Thank you, Miss B