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Key Lime Mousse with Gingersnap Cookies

Key Lime Mousse with Gingersnap Cookies
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  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 4 ozs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons key lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons key lime zest (about 5 key limes), plus extra for garnish
  • 8 gingersnap cookies


SPRINKLE gelatin over water in small bowl; stir to dissolve. Cool slightly. Pour evaporated milk into medium mixer bowl. Add gelatin and stir. Place bowl in freezer for about 30 to 40 minutes or until ice crystals form around edge of bowl.

BEAT cream cheese in medium bowl on high until light and fluffy. Add marshmallow cream; beat until light and fluffy; set aside.

REMOVE chilled evaporated milk from freezer. Beat on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Slowly add powdered sugar and continue beating for 1 minute. Add beaten cream cheese mixture to whipped milk; beat until blended. Stir in lime juice and 2 tablespoons lime zest. Spoon into serving dishes; refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Sprinkle each serving with remaining lime zest, if desired. Insert cookie into each mousse.

TIP: Substitute lemon juice for lime juice and shortbread cookies for gingersnaps for a delicious variation.

Nutritional Information

% Daily Value *

  • Total Fat 9g 14%
  • Saturated Fat 6g 28%
  • Cholesterol 30mg 10%
  • Sodium 130mg 5%
  • Carbohydrates 34g 11%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Vitamin A 4%
  • Vitamin C 2%
  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 2%
  • Sugars 23g
  • Protein 5g

* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.