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No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie

The Best Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe – This foolproof no-bake icebox dessert features a graham cracker crust, luscious and creamy lemon filling, plus a fluffy whipped topping. It’s perfect for summer picnics and parties!

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Perfect Lemon Icebox Pie

If you love lemon cream pie, and you love icy-cold classic key lime pie, you are going to go nuts over this Lemon Icebox Pie recipe. Seriously, I dare you to try and make it only one time this season… Not gonna happen.

No-bake Lemon Icebox Pie is a perfectly bright and tangy dessert, layered with cream topping, and ice cold to satisfy any summertime sweet tooth. It’s just the right combination of all the good things that make you still want a bit more after every bite.

overhead view of a full no bake icebox pie with slices of lemon

Our classic recipe for lemon ice box pie is easy to make ahead in just a few steps – no baking required! Simply crumble and press the graham cracker crust together, blend together the creamy lemon filling, add a fluffy whipped topping, and chill to perfection.

Prepare it a day or so before your summer gatherings for a foolproof and effortless dessert that everyone will love! Or make this sweetly sunny, wonderfully vibrant Lemon Icebox Pie recipe anytime you are craving some of those #summervibes.

And guess what? This no-bake pie can even be made as a key lime pie, too! Keep reading for the complete steps and our handy tips to make the best lemon-or-lime icebox pie from scratch.

close up of pie slice with bite taken

Ingredients You Need

There are three components necessary to make the perfect Lemon Icebox Pie recipe: a soft graham cracker crust, silky lemon pie filling, and that signature whipped topping.

For the Graham Cracker Crust You Need:

  • Graham crackers
  • Melted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt

To Make the Lemon Pie Filling You Need:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Lemon juice and zest

For the Creamy Topping You Need:

  • Cool whip
  • Sour cream
  • Powdered sugar
food processor with graham crackers

How to Make the Best No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie

It takes a breezy 20 minutes to put together this tangy-licious ice box pie. However, note that it should then be refrigerated (actually, frozen) for a few hours before it’s ready to enjoy. I recommend making the Lemon Icebox Pie the day before or the morning of your afternoon potluck, picnic, or evening dinner.

For the best (nearly) effortless icebox pie with a creamy lemon filling, first, make the perfectly crumbly graham cracker crust. Set out a 9-inch pie pan and place the graham crackers in a food processor. Lock the lid into place and pulse into a fine crumb. Then add in the melted butter, sugar, and salt. Pulse to combine.

graham cracker crust being made in the food processor

Dump the graham cracker crumble into the pie pan. Use your hands to press it into an even layer over the bottom of the pan and up the sides a bit. Refrigerate until ready to fill.

no bake graham cracker crust pressed into a pie plate

Wipe out the food processor bowl. Then add in the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon zest.

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evaporated milk and cream cheese in a food processor

Puree until the lemon filling is smooth and creamy. Scoop the filling into the pie crust, spread out evenly, and continue to refrigerate.

creamy lemon filling scooped into graham cracker crust

Lastly, prepare the tangy whipped topping. In a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream and powdered sugar. Stir until smooth. Then fold in the cool whip. Don’t over-stir the mixture since you want it to stay fluffy.

Spread the topping over the lemon pie filling, and garnish with lemon slices, if you like. Then place the lemon pie in the freezer – AKA the “icebox” – for at least 4 hours, undisturbed.

no bake cold lemon pie with fresh lemon slices

How to Serve Lemon Ice box Pie

When ready to enjoy, cut the pie into slices while frozen. Plate each piece and let it sit out at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then serve slightly softened.

slice of icebox pie with creamy lemon filling and whipped topping

Recipe Variations

Prepare as a Single-Layer Pie with No Whipped Topping

If you want one thicker layer of lemon filling with no topping, omit the powder sugar and sour cream. Then fold the cool whip into the lemon pie filling before scooping into the crust.

How to Make This a No-Bake Key Lime Icebox Pie Recipe

Want to make an easy no-bake key lime pie? Just swap the fresh lemon juice for fresh-squeezed key lime juice. It’s ultra-tart and frosty, just like they serve it in the Florida Keys.

Like in the above tip, you can omit the whipped topping and make this as a single-layer dessert. Simply fold the cool whip right into the lime pie filling before scooping into the crust.

slice of lemon icebox pie on a plate with pie in the background

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this a gluten-free Lemon Icebox pie?

Sure! Just use your preferred brand of gluten-free graham crackers to make this an easy no-bake GF-friendly dessert.

How long will homemade pie keep well in the fridge?

The lemon ice box pie will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Cover the pie with plastic wrap before putting in the fridge, and cut the pie while still cold to serve.

Can lemon or lime ice box pie be frozen?

Absolutely, this no-bake dessert recipe is great to freeze! After all, it’s made to be frozen. Cover the pie well with plastic cling wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil. Keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

piece of pie on a plate with bite taken

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No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Best Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe – An easy no-bake dessert made with a graham cracker crust, creamy lemon filling, and fluffy whipped topping.
Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients

For the Graham Cracker Crust –

Lemon Pie Filling –

Cream Topping –

Instructions

  • Set out a 9-inch pie pan and a food processor. Place the graham crackers in the food processor. Lock the lid into place and pulse into a fine crumb. Then add in the melted butter, sugar, and salt. Pulse to combine.
  • Dump the graham cracker crumble into the pie pan. Use your hands to press it into an even layer over the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
  • Wipe out the food processor bowl. Then add in the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon zest. Puree until smooth. Pour/scoop the filling into the pie crust and continue to refrigerate.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the sour cream and powdered sugar. Stir until smooth. Then fold in the Cool Whip. Spread the topping over the lemon pie filling and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours, undisturbed.
  • When ready to serve, cut into pieces while frozen. Let each piece sit out at room temperature for 10 minutes, then serve slightly softened. Garnish with lemon sliced if desired.

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Notes

Make the Pie as a Single Layer: If you want one thicker layer of lemon filling, with no topping, omit the powder sugar and sour cream. Then fold the cool whip into the lemon pie filling before place in the crust. 
Prepare as a Key Lime or Lime Icebox Pie: Simply swap the lemon juice for fresh lime juice.
The lemon ice box pie will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Cover the pie with plastic wrap before putting in the fridge, and cut the pie while still cold to serve.
To freeze, cover the pie well with plastic cling wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil. Keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 495kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 514mg, Potassium: 177mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 50g, Vitamin A: 727IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 233mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie”

  1. My family is going to love this! The flavors are perfect and I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  2. Absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. This pie is such a great dessert, and I love a great no bake dessert as well!

  4. This looks delicious!! Will make it this week.