Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Last week I took two of my littles to the store to get some grocery shopping done.  I took my little baby girl and my finicky shark.  My finicky shark loves to help me shop for food and will even help with my lists and picking out what I need.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

As we were passing through the baking aisle, he spotted a packaged graham cracker crust with a picture of a delicious key lime pie on the front.  He told me how much he really wanted a key lime pie.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I told him I was pretty sure I could make one for him.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I can’t recall if I read a recipe with this version once before by browsing the many variations I’ve seen around the internet, or pulled it out of my cookbook engraved brain, but I grabbed a few packaged ingredients I thought would work and I took them home.  A box of lime jello.  A big can of sweetened condensed milk, a regular tub of whipped topping, and of course, the pie crust.  I mean really, this was just under $7 for the whole thing.  You can’t beat that for simplicity.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This-made-the-best-key-lime-pie-ever.  At least, for the amount of effort it took anyway.

This is the lightest, creamiest pie with the right amount of “lime” and the perfect sweetness.  I used a reduced sugar condensed milk for this recipe, but I think any type will do.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you are looking for a last minute pie to bring the family for Thanksgiving this week, this could be your answer.  Or any family gathering.  Or heck, just make it and eat it in the closet when your kids aren’t looking.  I promise I won’t tell.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I myself planned to bring this pie to two separate functions.  Would you believe Target does NOT carry lime jello????  I looked at all the barcode skews and nada!  So I will be bringing Lemon Chiffon pies to the family.  I picked up some lemon jello.  Same diff right?

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I hope you enjoy this pie as much as my family did.

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes

Number of servings: 10

Per Serving 306 calories

Fat 14 g

Carbs 42 g

Protein 4 g


Easy Four Ingredient Key Lime Pie

An easy 5 minute key lime pie that is ready to serve after 4 hours of chill time. This versatile pie can be made as a Lemon Chiffon or even Strawberry or Raspberry Cream pie by swapping jello flavors.


  • 1 - 3 oz box lime jello
  • 1 cup WATER
  • 1 - 14.1 oz can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)**
  • 1 - 8 oz container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 - 10" graham cracker pie crust***
  • 1 lime, sliced (optional for garnish)
  • whipped cream (optional for garnish)


  1. Bring some water to boiling in a kettle. In a large bowl, whisk together the box of lime jello and 1/2 cup BOILING water. Stir until dissolved. Add 1/2 cup COLD water and stir well. Slowly stir in the sweetened condensed milk until thoroughly mixed. Gently fold in the whipped topping. Pour into graham cracker pie crust. Refrigerate at least 4 hours until firm. Garnish with lime wedges and whipped cream, if desired.


*You can swap the lime jello for lemon and make a Lemon Chiffon pie. **Use any sweetened condensed you would like, reduced sugar or low fat or regular. ***If you cannot find a 10" pie crust, you can use a 9" but you will have extra filling you can make parfait cups with.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cakes! – Fill the Cookie Jar

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cakes | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Hi there!!!  Where in the world have you been?  I’ve been sitting here waiting for you!  Oh wait, no, I’m lying.  I actually have about 5 recipes I’ve photographed and written down, but have yet to get them to these pages.  What is the deal!?!

Hey at least I got something posted again, lol.  I’ve been sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooobusy!  You get it right?!  Four kids.  Full time job.  Full time house.  Full time chef.  Full time special needs tutor.  Full time wife.  Oi yoi yoi.  Eek!

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Okay, so on to the cookies.  Are they cookies?  Are they cake?  I couldn’t decide!!!  My whole intention was those decadent pumpkin roll cakes filled with the fluffy cream cheese frosting.  You know the ones.  But then these cookies married my yummy cheesecake filling and they were so decadently fluffy that my baby girl dubbed these cakes, or shall we call them cakies!!

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mixed with some cheesecake flair, these Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cakes are so cinnamonly delicious, you won’t know when to stop!  My kids ate nearly two dozen by themselves.  And this did make quite a lot.

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My kids love the first week of each month.  Because they know mommy will be making some kind of cookie for the Fill the Cookie Jar recipe exchange.  Don’t miss a month!  Stay in touch!

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This recipe is super simple with no need to refrigerate the cookie dough or filling beforehand.  It is derived from this recipe at Better Homes and Gardens.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Alright let’s not waste any time.  Here’s the recipe so you can make these for next cider night in front of the fire.

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Unless you want to take a virtual bite.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Don’t forget the milk (okay, or cider!)

Soft Pumpkin Roll Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 48

Per Serving 101 calories

Fat 6 g

Carbs 12 g

Protein 1 g


Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cakes

These cookies will have you wondering whether you are eating cake, cookies, or cheesecake. Try the best of all worlds!


    For the Cheesecake Filling

  • 8 oz lowfat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Pumpkin Cake Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup, plus 2 Tb pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups, plus 2 Tb flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine the softened cream cheese and the sugar. Mix until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla until combined. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Wash and dry the stand mixer to prepare the cookie batter. In the stand mixer, beat the butter until soft and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat well, about one minute. Add the spices, salt, and baking soda and baking powder. Mix until combined well.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Beat in the pumpkin.
  5. Gradually beat in the flour until combined.
  6. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop the cookie batter onto ungreased cookie sheets, spaced 2 inches apart. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of the cheesecake filling onto each cookie batter mound. Using a fork, gently swirl the cheesecake filling onto the cookie batter.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just set on top and lightly golden at the edges. Let cool on cookie sheets 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.


The trick to these cake cookies is to beat the butter until super fluffy, incorporating lots of air into the batter.

Chocolate in my Head – Giveaway #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar

With a mouthful of dark chocolate covered almonds, I flex my fingers and attack my keyboard, envisioning the glorious chocolate creations coming this week. Chocolate and I go way back. Back to age 4 and the bits of nut and raisin chocolate squares my grandfather would give me from the candy tin that he carried around in the breast pocket of his sweater. I always looked forward to those delicious bites.


I am beyond excited today, because it is October 5…. and that means it is the first day of #Choctoberfest! 😀

#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love?

Here’s what this event is all about!

#Choctoberfest would not be possible without our sponsors, starting with our 2015 Gold Sponsor, Imperial Sugar. Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens since 1843. Their sugar products and sweeteners are made from non-GMO cane sugar and ensure consistently delicious results. We’ll be using Imperial Sugar whenever we use sugar in our recipes this week, and can’t wait to share the sweetness with you!

You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more. Make sure you visit the recipes section of their website for some sweet inspiration, and you can also find coupons on their website if you want to try out Imperial Sugar yourself.

Imperial Sugar and our other sponsors have banded together to contribute some awesome prizes for our #Choctoberfest giveaway! Entering is simple – just click below to follow us on Pinterest. Here’s what you could win:

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A huge thank you to all of the other blogs participating in #Choctoberfest 2015. Check out their blogs throughout the week for chocolate recipes you won’t be able to resist:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin’ MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmAloha FlavorAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAngels HomesteadBalancing MotherhoodBless this MessBusy-at-HomeChocolate SlopesCoconut & LimeColie’s KitchenCookaholic WifeCooking In StilettosCooking With LibbyCookistryCopyKat RecipesCravings of a LunaticCrumbs in my MustachioCulinary CoutureCupcakes Take The CakeDeliciously SavvyEat It & Say YumFairyburgerFamished Fish, Finicky SharkFarm Fresh FeastsFood Hunter’s Guide to CuisineFull Belly SistersGet Off The Couch and CookGrumpy’s HoneybunchHey What’s for Dinner Mom?Honey and BirchI Can Cook ThatJane’s Adventures in DinnerJessie WeaverLife on Food Life, Love, and Good FoodMajorly DeliciousMoore or Less Cooking Food BlogMother Would KnowOr Whatever You DoPoet in the PantryRecipes Food and CookingRhubarb and HoneySassy Southern YankeeSavory TartSeduction in The KitchenSerena LissySumptuous SpoonfulsTake Two TapasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeThatsSoYummyThe Chonchudo FilesThe Crumby CupcakeThe Dinner-MomThe Saucy SouthernerThe Spiced LifeThe Spiffy CookieThe Two Bite ClubThe Weekday GourmetVintage KittyWendy PolisiWhat A Girl EatsWhitBit’s Indian KitchenWit Wisdom & FoodZesty South Indian Kitchen

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Choctoberfest is all about that! The joy chocolate brings to
Alison Boyer who blogs over at The Pintertest Kitchen

Get Mugged by Chocolate-Lowfat Fudgy Brownies in a Mug


I’ve been mugged. By chocolate and mug cakes and brownies galore. Mug cakes are all the rave right now. Mix a few things in a mug and zap it for a minute or two in the microwave and get a delicious treat out of it?! Sure! I’m especially into testing out the many protein mug cakes for my finicky shark for a great breakfast treat. I’ve seen a few on Instagram I can’t wait to try!

Maybe these mug creations were inspired from the simple microwave lava cake mixes and muffins that are famously sold in grocery stores. Either way, I’m pretty hooked. I came across this super simple brownie mug recipe on Pinterest while looking for a gift ideas for my sons’ teachers. Of course, after calculating the nutrition on this and recipe testing, I came to the conclusion that applesauce works great in this recipe, as well as scaling it back in half! So one great recipe and crafty idea from Pinterest turned into these yummy Lowfat Fudgy Brownies in a Mug.

Quick Ingredients:
2 Tb all purpose flour
2 Tb granulated sugar
1 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tb semi-sweet chocolate chips
pinch salt
1 Tb unsweetened applesauce
1 Tb water

On a side note, if you mix a whole lot of this for gift giving as I did, measure 1/3 cup, plus 2 Tb mix and add 1 Tb each of applesauce and water for each mug brownie.

First get your ingredients together.

Next, mix them all inside a  microwave safe mug. None of that fancy stuff with gold foil trim, this brownie will cause enough sparks to your taste buds.


If you are feeling daring, sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top of the mixture.


Microwave this on high heat for 60 seconds. This will get you an almost lava like consistency. For a slightly firmer brownie, but just as fudgy, make it 90 seconds.


Dust it with some powdered sugar. You know you want to.


And scoop some out for a fancy bite.


Or run a knife around the inside of the mug and turn it over on a plate so you can dress it with some whipped cream. Oh yum!


Now for my craftiness…I wrote on some mugs with a Sharpie Oil Based Pen, then I baked the mugs for 30 minutes at 350. Make sure you get the oil based or ceramic pens because regular Sharpie will stay on in the dishwasher, but it will rub off after a soak in the sink, go figure. But for a quick Christmas gift, it can work on a short time schedule with no time to shop for ceramic pens. Which is what I did-doh! (But I went back for the good pen after the holidays and it works like a charm!) After that I made a quadruple batch of brownie mix, placed it in a zip bag with instructions, shoved that into the mug, topped it with a 4 oz container of applesauce and topped that with a fresh mug brownie. Then I wrapped it up with plastic wrap and viola-gifts for teachers. See, don’t you just love Pinterest?

Finicky shark tips? My boys have requested these several times since first making these 6 days ago! Two fins up!!

Lowfat Fudgy Brownies in a Mug

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 1

Per Serving 244 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 52 g

Protein 3 g


Lowfat Fudgy Brownies in a Mug

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 7

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.


  • 2 Tb all purpose flour
  • 2 Tb granulated sugar
  • 1 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tb semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tb unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tb water


  1. In a microwavable mug, whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Add applesauce and water and mix well.
  4. Microwave for 60-90 seconds, depending on desired consistency.
  5. Garnish as desired with powdered sugar or whipped cream.


Microwave this on high heat for 60 seconds. This will get you an almost lava like consistency. For a slightly firmer brownie, but just as fudgy, make it 90 seconds.

What are you wrapping for your child’s teacher this Christmas?

You may also enjoy Hot Coco Cocoa or Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies