Lemon Cream Pie Recipe

Stress-Free Lemon Cream Pie Recipe on ASpicyPerspective.com #pie #spring #easterI’ve got a light fluffy Lemon Cream Pie Recipe for you today! A lemon pie that is perfect for spring parties and can be made in a hurry. 

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Apparently I have a thing for cream pies…

As I was making and photographing this pie the other day, I had a deja vu moment and snickered to myself. Then I went to check the recipe catalogue here on ASP to see just how many cream pie recipes I’ve shared with you already.

Four. That makes today’s lemon pie the fifth cream pie recipe I’ve shared… and I haven’t even started on my chocolate variations.

C’est la vie!

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Once you see images of this gloriously smooth Lemon Cream Pie Recipe, I doubt explanations are required.

It’s light and creamy in texture, with a tangy-sweet lemon flavor that pairs perfectly with crumbly homemade graham cracker crust.

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Plus, other than baking the graham cracker crust for a few minutes, there is no cooking required.

You simply beat the lemon cream pie filling ingredients together, then scoop it into the crust.

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Top the Lemon Cream Pie Recipe with fresh whipped cream, and sprinkle with white chocolate shavings and crushed graham cracker.

Like so…

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This Lemon Cream Pie Recipe with Homemade Graham Cracker Crust is so light and airy it lifts your spirits and lightens your mood.

You may need this at your next family gathering… for insurance purposes. *wink*

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I’ll be serving this Lemon Cream Pie Recipe on Easter this year, along with:

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And I’ll be serving this Lemon Cream Pie on gorgeous shatter-resistant dishes from Q Squared NYC.

Q Squared offers elegant dishes for less than high-end china, yet with just as much style! (Like the Cambridge Collection you see here.) They are made out of resin so they are safe for little people to pass around the table.

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Spring is here, it’s time for picnics and pie.

Of course, I suggest starting with this one!

Lemon Cream Pie Recipe

Yield: 1 big pie

Prep Time:30 minutes (active time)

Cook Time:10 minutes

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Our fluffy silky Lemon Cream Pie Recipe is hard to resist! If you love lemon, but not meringue, try this lemon pie recipe.


For the Graham Cracker Crust

  • 14 whole graham crackers, about 7 ounces
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon water

For the Lemon Cream Pie Filling

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5.1 ounce box instant vanilla pudding (not lemon)
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • White chocolate curls and crushed graham cracker for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the graham crackers in the food processor. Pulse until the crackers are chopped to fine crumbs. Add the melted butter, sugar, salt and cinnamon, pulse to combine. Add 1 teaspoon of water and pulse a couple more times.
  2. Press the graham cracker mixture firmly against the bottom and sides of the deep pie pan. Then bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. For the Lemon Cream Pie Filling: Using an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream with the 3 tablespoons of sugar and vanilla extract, until firm. Scoop into a separate bowl and chill. Then mix the instant pudding and milk in another bowl, until well combined.
  4. Using the mixer, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Then with the mixer still running, add the pudding. Scrape the bowl and beat until completely smooth. Then slowly beat in the lemon juice.
  5. Using a spatula, fold in half the whipped cream. Scoop the lemon cream pie filling into the pie crust. Smooth the filling and top with the remaining whipped cream. If desired sprinkle the top with crushed graham crackers and white chocolate shavings. Cover gently with plastic wrap, and chill for at least two hours. Serve cold.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 big pie, Serving Size: 1/8th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 670 Calories
  • Total Fat: 40.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 22.8g
  • Cholesterol: 111mg
  • Sodium: 814mg
  • Carbohydrates: 72.2g
  • Fiber: 5.4g
  • Sugar: 42.3g
  • Protein: 7.6g
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66 comments on “Lemon Cream Pie Recipe

  1. Tracieposted January 23, 2019 at 3:37 pm Reply

    I just made this recipe and the filling was very lumpy.  I followed the steps exactly, with the exact ingredients. Has anyone else encountered this problem?  What might I be doing wrong?

    • Sommer Collierposted January 24, 2019 at 8:56 pm Reply

      Hi Tracie,

      It sounds like you didn’t beat the cream cheese and pudding mixture long enough. If you try it again, just make sure that is VERY smooth before moving on.

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  9. Toriposted June 20, 2016 at 1:54 am Reply

    Beautiful and delicious pie! I made this for Father’s Day and my whole family enjoyed it. Next time I make it I will either add more lemon juice or add some lemon extract. The lemon flavor wasn’t very prominent to me. So if you really want that lemon flavor, add some more juice!!

    Rating: 4.5
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  11. Deemarie1posted July 3, 2015 at 9:27 am Reply

    My kind of Pie!

    Rating: 5
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  13. Robynposted May 5, 2015 at 11:09 am Reply

    what size pie plate did you use….other than LARGE??? and DEEP??  9 ?  10 ??? 12 ???

    • Sommerposted May 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm Reply

      Hi Robyn, A 9 or 10 inch pie pan will work. :)

  14. Anne Matthewsposted April 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm Reply

    I plan to make this delicious looking pie but have a a question. My package of Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding is 102 grams, (4 servings). So I thought I would weigh out the  5.1 oz from 2 packages, to get the correct amount of filling. However there is a larger package of “Jello Vanilla Pudding and Pie filling” available in the store. Perhaps that’s what I should be using?.. or will regular instant pudding work. TIA for your help!

    • Sommerposted April 13, 2015 at 7:08 am Reply

      Hi Anne! Either product will work, as long as it’s “instant.” My grocery store has is in both sizes… You might try looking somewhere else, or measure it out of two boxes, if the larger box isn’t instant pudding.

  15. Patrinaposted April 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Hi, this pie looks so good. I was wondering why is it vanilla pudding instead of lemon?

    • Carolposted December 29, 2015 at 7:43 pm Reply

      I agree. Just wondered why NOT  Lemon?  Looks divine 

      • Gerriposted March 31, 2019 at 11:25 am

        Why not lemon pudding 

  16. June Smithposted April 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm Reply

     I am not a very good cook/baker but this looks too good not to try.  I’m making the first one tonight for Hubby, using sugar free Jello vanilla pudding.  If I can pull it off, I’ll make a second one tomorrow night to take with us to family dinner on Easter Sunday.  Thank you for a beautiful pie and easy recipe.

    Rating: 5
  17. Lindaposted April 3, 2015 at 5:25 pm Reply

    if you put 1 tablespoon of corn starch in heavy cream and then whip it will keep whipped cream for several days

  18. Matthewposted April 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm Reply

    First stumble across your blog.  I made this pie and did shortcut with a premade crust just to be sure I like the filling(I’m sure I definitely will).  But I garnished with lemon zest.  I think it gives it a different look as well as indicates what’s in the pie.  Excited to try more of your recipes!  Thanks.

    Rating: 5
  19. Beccaposted April 1, 2015 at 8:58 pm Reply

    This might be a silly question, but I was hoping you could clarify something for me. When you speak of the instant vanilla pudding, are you just talking about the mix or actually making the pudding? I have used vanilla pudding mix in choc chip cookies, for softness…but not making the pudding itself, so I just wanted to make sure I understood all of the instructions! Thanks Sommer! 

    • Sommerposted April 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm Reply

      Hi Becca! You use the powdered instant pudding mix, but you do blend with a partial amount of liquid in the recipe below, then add it to the rest of the filling. Does that help?

      • Beccaposted April 3, 2015 at 1:26 pm

        Yes, it does! Thanks, Sommer! It was a hit :)

  20. Karisposted March 30, 2015 at 8:39 pm Reply

    How far in advance could you make this pie?

    • Sommerposted April 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm Reply

      Hi Karis! You could make it 3-4 days in advance. Maybe even longer, but your whipped cream might start to loosen. Happy Baking!

  21. Angelposted March 30, 2015 at 11:47 am Reply

    Can’t wait to try this. Lemon is my favorite flavor for summer. About the plates. Have you ever microwaved them? It says on the site not microwavable but wanted to know why? Would they shatter?

    • Sommerposted April 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm Reply

      Hi Angel! Sorry… I’m not sure. I bet if you email Q Squared they could give you more information about that. You can email them here:  [email protected]

  22. Earleneposted March 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Made this for last night’s party! It was a hit. 2 pieces left for us today! YUM!!!!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted April 2, 2015 at 8:20 pm Reply

      Hi Earlene! So glad you liked it. Thanks for coming back to tell me!! :)

  23. Betty Lynneposted March 24, 2015 at 10:58 am Reply

    This is on my must-make-soon list and what a great idea for an Easter Sunday dessert! Love the board!

  24. Mariaposted March 24, 2015 at 10:33 am Reply

    Oh my goodness… I can’t wait to try this! yummy!!

  25. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Eggposted March 24, 2015 at 8:20 am Reply

    This pie is GORGEOUS! I think this would be great to make for a shower or Easter. :)

  26. Lirenposted March 24, 2015 at 12:56 am Reply

    This pie – how divine! This would definitely be a winner at my house.

  27. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted March 24, 2015 at 12:34 am Reply

    Sommer, this pie looks insanely delicious! I absolutely adore lemon desserts and have been craving them like crazy lately. This pie is now officially at the top of my list. Pinning!

  28. Cindy Wheatley Hollandposted March 23, 2015 at 11:53 pm Reply

    Can’t wait to try this pie! I’m in love with these blue and white plates!! Do you have the whole collection?

    • Sommerposted March 25, 2015 at 8:32 am Reply

      Hi Cindy! No, I have bowls and 2 sizes of plates. If I had the whole collection of every dish I owned, we’d be sitting and sleeping on stacks of dinnerware! ;)

      • Cindy Wheatley Hollandposted March 26, 2015 at 10:39 pm

        I know what you mean! Thanks to you, Sommer, I went to Q SQUARED and placed an order!! I love their stuff!!! I forgive you… :)

  29. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted March 23, 2015 at 11:30 pm Reply

    What a beauty!! That lemon cream is mile high!!

  30. Jeanetteposted March 23, 2015 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Now that is some pie! Who could resist this!

  31. Thereseposted March 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm Reply

    I would love to try this! Vanilla pudding is not available here

    • Thereseposted March 23, 2015 at 8:48 pm Reply

      Sorry I was asking if there is a substitute I could use for the vanilla pudding? Or if the pudding can be maid from scratch?

      • Sommerposted March 23, 2015 at 9:43 pm

        Hi Therese, Where do you live? That might help me determine what could be substituted…

      • Thereseposted March 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm

        Hi Sommer I live in Ireland

      • Sommerposted March 25, 2015 at 8:39 am

        Hmmm… Not a place I’ve spent time. You could order it online. (There’s a link in the recipe.) Or you could make a thick vanilla pudding from scratch. The problem is, I used much less liquid with the pudding mix than normal to give the pie a firm base. You could try making a pudding recipe like this, but reduce the milk by half. http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/vanilla-pudding The pudding will come out thick and pasty, but that’s how it needs to be for this recipe.

      • Thereseposted March 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm

        Thanks for following up! I will give that a go!☺️

  32. Gabyposted March 23, 2015 at 7:56 pm Reply

    This lemon pie looks beyond delicious!

  33. jennaposted March 23, 2015 at 7:42 pm Reply

    I really want this to top off a long Monday. This looks wonderful.

  34. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 23, 2015 at 6:59 pm Reply

    Please hand me over a large slice!

  35. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted March 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm Reply

    Wow spectacular pie. One knows that it is the creamiest, most lemon of pies.
    So thick. So yummy!

  36. Savita @ ChefDeHomeposted March 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm Reply

    Love lemon pies! I’m sure this tastes creamy and delicious!

  37. Heather Christoposted March 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm Reply

    OMG! What I would not give for a slice of that!!

  38. marlaposted March 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Oh this pie!! Yes please, a few slices!!

  39. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted March 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm Reply

    This is absolutely beautiful!!!! LOVE the lemon!

  40. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted March 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm Reply

    lovely! Looks like an Easter dessert for our menu!

  41. Barbara @ Barbara Bakesposted March 23, 2015 at 10:59 am Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a lemon cream pie. Such a great, refreshing idea.

  42. Deborahposted March 23, 2015 at 9:40 am Reply

    I am a total lemon addict – I would choose it over chocolate any day. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!!

  43. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted March 23, 2015 at 9:36 am Reply

    I would like a slice….better make it two of this delicious pie!

  44. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted March 23, 2015 at 9:30 am Reply

    Gorgeous and just perfect for spring!

  45. Amandaposted March 23, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply

    Your cream pies are the best! Beautiful!

  46. Lizposted March 23, 2015 at 8:52 am Reply

    Lemon ranks second to chocolate around here—and your pie looks divine!!!

  47. Jenny Flakeposted March 23, 2015 at 8:40 am Reply

    Beautiful Sommer!! I want a slice!

  48. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 23, 2015 at 8:39 am Reply

    That looks so creamy and good!

  49. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted March 23, 2015 at 8:28 am Reply

    I love a good lemon pie! I’m sure yours is the best!