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Lime Margarita Pie Cups

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Lime Margarita Pie Cups
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12

It’s five o’clock somewhere, which means time to celebrate with a margarita. Or in this instance, a margarita pie cup. Pillsbury™ pie crust gets a tangy tequila treatment, then is dressed to the nines in sweet whipped cream and lime zest for a vacation-like two-bite treat. We’ll cheers to that! MORE+ LESS-

Updated November 14, 2019
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Ingredients

Pie Cups

1
box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling

2/3
cup granulated sugar
2
tablespoons cornstarch
2/3
cup water
1/2
teaspoon grated lime zest
1/2
teaspoon grated lemon zest
2
tablespoons fresh lime juice
1
tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1
egg yolk
1
tablespoon butter
1
tablespoon tequila

Topping

1/2
cup heavy whipping cream
1
tablespoon powdered sugar
1/4
teaspoon vanilla

Decoration

1/2
teaspoon grated lime zest

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 425°F. Remove one crust from pouch; unroll on work surface. With 3 1/2-inch round cutter, cut 6 rounds from crust; repeat with remaining crust. Reserve leftover scraps for another use. Press circles into 12 ungreased regular-size muffin cups. Prick dough inside each cup on bottom with fork 5 to 6 times.
  • 2
    Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool in pan 2 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3
    In 1-quart saucepan, mix granulated sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in water, 1/2 teaspoon lime zest, the lemon zest, lime juice and lemon juice until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat. Heat to boiling; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thickened. Remove from heat.
  • 4
    In small bowl, beat egg yolk with whisk. Gradually beat about 1/4 cup hot mixture into egg yolk. Gradually stir yolk mixture into hot mixture in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to gently boil. Cook 1 minute longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in butter and tequila. Let stand 5 minutes.
  • 5
    Place cooled pie cups on rimmed cookie sheet. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons filling into each pie cup. Refrigerate uncovered at least 2 hours until set.
  • 6
    When ready to serve, in chilled medium bowl, beat Topping ingredients with electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon topping into decorating bag fitted with 1/2-inch star piping tip. Squeeze a dollop on top of each pie cup. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon lime zest evenly over pie cups. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • One medium lime yields about 2 tablespoons of lime juice and 1 to 2 teaspoons of grated lime zest.
  • If you do end up with leftover citrus peel or juice, store it tightly wrapped in the freezer for use in another recipe (preferably a cocktail, but we're not the boss of you).
  • Piping the whipping cream makes the dessert look super special without having to put in a lot of work. If you are running short on time, however, a dollop of whipped cream on top will do just fine.
  • You don’t need a fancy pastry bag to pipe whipped topping. Just fill a large zip-top freezer bag with the topping, cut off bottom corner of bag, and squeeze topping out onto top of each pie cup.
  • You’re going to end up with extra pie crust, and we have a good reason for writing the recipe that way. Two pie crusts will make sure each smaller cutout looks its best—rerolling and reshaping the dough makes it tougher and cook unevenly. You can discard your extra dough, but we usually cut ours into strips, sprinkle with a little sugar and bake them off for a tasty treat.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
240
Calories from Fat
120
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
20%
Saturated Fat
6g
32%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Sodium
190mg
8%
Potassium
15mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
30g
10%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
12g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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