Easy No Bake Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe with Cool Whip

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Whip up a light and refreshing lemon icebox pie that's perfectly smooth and creamy with tons of bright citrus flavor. Classic no bake summer dessert with a graham cracker crust and Cool Whip. Easy recipe that you can make in 10 minutes or less, just like Grandma used to make it!

This no bake lemon icebox pie is the best. It's pretty similar to my no bake strawberry Jello pie, but I use frozen fruit juice concentrate for this dessert rather than Jello. And it works pretty well!

wedged slice of lemon icebox pie with a graham cracker crust on a small white decorative plate with fresh blackberries and lemon slices

I guess you could say that my love for lemon desserts runs in the family; my grandma loved just about anything lemon! Some of my favorites lemon dessert recipes include lemon Jello poke cake, lemon Texas sheet cake, lemon poppy seed muffins and this irresistibly delicious lemon pound cake. I also make a lemon blueberry cake with an addictive lemon cream cheese frosting!

Why Is It Called Lemon Icebox Pie?

This recipe is actually an old-fashioned southern dessert. It's called “icebox” pie because it used to be chilled in an icebox before serving, back in the day before refrigerators became commonplace.

wedged slice of lemon icebox pie with a graham cracker crust on a small white decorative plate with fresh blackberries and lemon slices

Even today, it remains popular in the South where the summers are hot, because you don't have to heat up the kitchen to make it. There's no baking involved. Mix it up, dump it in a pie plate and chill in the refrigerator for several hours before slicing and serving!

Why You'll Love This Classic Dessert Recipe

  • It's so easy to make. This is a no bake dessert, and it uses simple ingredients so that you can whip it up in a pinch!
  • This smooth and creamy pie is chock full of sweet and sparkling, citrusy lemon flavor that practically melts in your mouth with every bite. This is a great recipe for all you lemon lovers out there!
  • This is the most cool and refreshing dessert that you'll ever eat. Served ice cold straight out of the fridge, it's perfect for a hot summer day or summer gatherings.
  • Lemon icebox pie is an old-fashioned southern staple recipe, and I'll walk you through how to make this delicious dessert recipe with step by step instructions, just like Grandma made it back in the day!
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Ingredients & Substitutions Notes

How to Make Lemon Icebox Pie

Before getting started, you'll want to prep your graham cracker crust. If you make a homemade graham cracker crust from crushed up graham crackers, you'll want to press it into a 9-inch pie plate. If you buy a store-bought pie crust from the store, be sure to choose one that already comes in a 9-inch pie plate.

Mixing Up the Lemonade Icebox Pie Filling

  1. To make your filling for this easy lemon pie, start by stirring the sweetened condensed milk, lemonade concentrate and fresh lemon zest in a large mixing bowl, until well combined
  2. Next, use a spatula to fold in the Cool Whip, or whatever else whipped topping you use.
  3. Once your filling is mixed together, pour it out of the large bowl and into the prepared graham cracker crust.
  4. Finally, you'll want to let your lemon icebox pie chill in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight before serving.
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Waiting on this yummy pie to chill is probably the hardest part of this recipe! But it's so worth the wait…

How to Serve Lemon Ice Box Pie

I like to slice up and serve my lemon icebox pie with a big dollop of whipped cream on top and a heaping pile of fresh berries, or even this mixed berry salad on the side. This perfect dessert is tastes so cool and refreshing during the dog days of summer!

lemon icebox pie in a graham cracker crust in a large glass pie plate on a gray marbled countertop

Pair it with a large glass of iced tea, and you've got the ultimate southern treat that'll cool you right down on a blistering hot afternoon.

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ's

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can make it ahead of time, and it's actually best served chilled rather than at room temperature. Covered with plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container, icebox pie will store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze lemon icebox pie?

Of course! Covered with plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container, it should store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you're ready to serve, remember to first transfer it into the refrigerator and let it thaw out for several hours, preferably overnight.

Recipe Variations

Here are a few ways you can switch this recipe up…

wedged slice of lemon icebox pie with a graham cracker crust on a small white decorative plate with fresh blackberries and lemon slices

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wedged slice of lemon icebox pie with a graham cracker crust on a small white decorative plate with fresh blackberries and lemon slices

Lemon Icebox Pie

Light & refreshing lemon icebox pie that's perfectly smooth and creamy. Easy no bake summer dessert that you can make in 10 minutes or less!
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Course: Dessert, Desserts, Fruit Desserts, No Bake Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 3482kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Start by stirring the sweetened condensed milk, lemonade concentrate and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl 'til well combined
  • Next, use a spatula to fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Once your filling is mixed together, pour it into the pre-baked graham cracker crust.
  • Finally, you'll want to let your lemon icebox pie chill in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight before slicing and serving. That's it!

Notes

*For the sake of ease, I just use a store bought graham cracker crust, but you can also make your own homemade graham cracker crust if preferred.
How do you store lemon icebox pie?
Covered with plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container, icebox pie will store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 3482kcal | Carbohydrates: 536g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 132g | Saturated Fat: 77g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 31g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 330mg | Sodium: 1707mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 439g | Vitamin A: 4227IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 1381mg | Iron: 6mg
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