Lemon Pie Milkshake

It’s summer, which means it’s approximately 1 billion degrees here in Sacramento. This kind of heat makes me want all things cold: ice cream, frozen treats, popsicles, and milkshakes!

This Lemon Pie Milkshake has been on my to-do list for awhile, so when the thermometer hit 108 last week, I decided to finally make it.

Nothing beats a hot day like a milkshake!

Lemon Pie Milkshake - have your pie and your ice cream too!

There’s this place one town over from me that is known for it’s milkshakes. There menu takes up an entire wall of the restaurant, I’m not kidding. It’s the sort of place where you go intending to get a new flavor but then get so flustered with the size of the menu that you just end up ordering the same thing over and over.

My trainer told me he has a photo of the menu wall, so he can look it over at his own pace. I don’t know what surprised me more: that my trainer is as anal as I am, or that he actually drinks milkshakes.


I love turning pie into other things, obviously. After my trip to Florida, I was all set to make a Key Lime Pie milkshake, but Sally beat me to it. That’s when I remembered how good this pie was. Please pardon the photos. 3 years makes a huge difference.

Anyway, that pie was my first bite of lemon addiction love. After that I couldn’t get enough, which is why my lemon category is so freaking huge. I figured, why not make a lemon pie milkshake?

Sometimes I’m so smart, it hurts.

Lemon Pie Milkshake

This milkshake couldn’t be easier to make (if you’re not photographing it, that is). I almost instagramed a photo of the mess I made but stopped myself. You’re all probably tired of my messy kitchen photos. Plus, it was only messy because ice cream + hot day + photo shoot just spells disaster from the get go.

You won’t have that problem.

Milk and ice cream are the two staples in a milkshake recipe. I used vanilla frozen yogurt (Dreyer’s brand, use your favorite) as my base, but you could use regular vanilla ice cream, or even low-fat. I used 2% milk because I had some on hand, but nonfat would be fine too.

The lemon flavor is twofold in this milkshake. I used instant lemon pudding mix to give it that rich lemon flavor. You add a few tablespoons of the powdered mix to the blender. You’ll have some of the box left over, but that’s okay. That way you can make more milkshakes later.

The second punch of lemon comes from lemon curd. I just love that stuff and can eat it with a spoon. I swirled some into the shake after mixing, but you can add it to the blender or omit it if you don’t have it on hand. And if you do buy a jar, just hide it in your refrigerator. You’ve been warned! ;)

A lemon pie milkshake wouldn’t be a “lemon pie” without a crust, so I used my favorite cookie to pair with lemon: Golden Oreos. I just crumbled a few on top for garnish. You can use your favorite cookie: graham crackers, Nilla Wafers, or shortbread cookies would also work with the lemon flavor.

This milkshake is like a pie in a glass. Sweet and tart and perfectly lemony, it’ll cool you off on a hot day.

Plus, it’s cheaper than A/C. Although if it stays this hot, I might sit on the A/C vent while drinking three of these.

Lemon Pie Milkshake


Lemon Pie Milkshake

Yield: 2 servings (1 large milkshake or 2 small)

Lemon Pie Milkshake

Like a no-bake lemon pie...in milkshake form! Lemon pudding mix and curd give this milkshake a rich lemon flavor. Top it with your favorite cookies to make a crust!


  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream (or vanilla frozen yogurt)
  • 3 tablespoons instant lemon pudding mix (see note)
  • 1/2 cup milk (regular, low-fat, or non-fat)
  • 1/4 cup lemon curd (see note)
  • Golden Oreos, Nilla Wafers, or graham crackers for topping


  1. Place ice cream, pudding mix, and milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into serving glasse(s).
  2. Swirl in lemon curd and top with broken cookies.


If you can’t find lemon pudding mix, use vanilla instead and add the lemon curd into the blender before blending. You may want to add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of lemon curd in this case. If using lemon pudding mix, the lemon curd is optional, but adds an extra punch of lemon flavor.

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This milkshake is part of Milkshake Week hosted by The Little Kitchen and Love and Olive Oil! Check out all the other fabulous milkshakes:

Peanut Butter and Brownie Milkshakes from The Little Kitchen
Bourbon Salted Caramel Milkshakes from Love & Olive Oil
Milkshakes of Desperation from Bake at 350
Roasted Pineapple Coconut Vegan Milkshake from Cafe Johnsonia
Pudding Pop Milkshake from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Lemon Pie Milkshake from Crazy for Crust
Peanut Butter Pretzel Milkshake from Cookies and Cups
Vanilla Chai Milkshake from Kitchen Treaty
Cheesecake Milkshake from Cook the Story
Cherry-Cola Milkshake from Boulder Locavore
Peanut Butter-Caramel Milkshake from Miss in the Kitchen
{2 Ingredient} Coffee Milkshake from Barefeet In The Kitchen
Biscoff Cookie Milkshake from Katie’s Cucina
Turtle Pecan Milkshake from Dairy Good Life


Chocolate Root Beer Float Milkshake

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Skinny Lemon Ice Cream

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Coconut Macaroon Cake Batter Shake

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Sweets from friends:
Skinny Reese’s Cup Milkshake by Something Swanky
Coffee & Donuts Milkshakes by Heather’s French Press
Bourbon Pecan Pie Milkhsake by Buns in My Oven




  1. Lemon Pie is my fav. Golden Oreo’s are my LOVE and it’s about 2 zillion degrees in Florida.
    I want to marry this.
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  2. Why am I not surprised AT ALL that you did a lemon milkshake! You’re the queen of lemon and I love that! And anything with golden oreos/nilla wafers, and pudding mix has got to be so awesome! Pinned of course!
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  4. Your trainer sounds awesome! Not preachy but the kind of person I’d like to work out with!
    The only way to deal with a billion degrees is probably this milkshake. Looks awesome! Love the Golden Oreo crust idea!
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  5. Lemon pie is my favorite in the summer! And this milkshake sounds incredible, I mean lemon curd in there? I could eat that by the spoonful! And I love your messy kitchen photos. I feel like I’m not the only one in the world that makes photography/food experimenting messes :) And even still, mine are way worse!
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    • Girl, sometime you should see what my house looks like after a shoot. And if I’m doing it for more than one recipe? It might look like that for days because after 3 shoots + all that goes with, cleaning up and putting away is not my strong suit!

  6. Oh what fun! I love vanilla.
    Have a marvelous week Dorothy!
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  7. Awww man! Now here I am craving milkshakes at 8 in the morning! This is a winner for real!
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  8. I am new to loving lemon desserts, but this shake is something I cannot wait to try!! YUM!
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  9. 108!?!?!? How are you still alive right now? That is ridiculous beyond measure.
    But these milkshakes are not ridiculous. In fact they are genius!
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  10. I feel your pain — it gets SO hot and humid here in Arkansas, the humidity is really what does a person in. This Summer has been surprisingly mild…it’s the first Fourth of July in I don’t know HOW long that a burn ban hasn’t been in effect.

    This shake — I love lemon anything! Need.

  11. WOWZERS! This beautiful shake looks L-L-Luscious! You are brilliant! Love the crunchy topping too. Oh you smarty pants!
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  12. I love this, Dorothy! Like, really, really LOVE it. Lemon anything calls to me, but in milkshake form, even more so. What a fun treat!
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  13. Sunny summer in a glass…love it!
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  14. This looks divine! I must try this today!
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  15. Great milkshake!! Love the oreos on top, I might go with the wafers too :)
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  16. This lemon milkshake looks so refreshing! I loved looking back at your lemon cream pie recipe! It really is neat to see how far your photos have come……it gives me hope for my own!! ;)
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  17. I adore lemon and ice cream together – this milkshake is a dream! Love the Oreo “crust.”
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  18. There is something so sweet and summery about a Lemon Pie Milkshake, Dorothy! I love this. Everything about it.
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  19. How pretty are those?!?!?
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  20. Milkshakes are the perfect answer to the sweltering heat right now and I adore anything at all lemon. This is a total win.
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  21. This looks amazing!! I love the crushed Golden Oreos on the top!
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  22. Three cheers for frozen, frothy beverages! This milkshake looks like the bomb dot com. Love it!

  23. I need this milkshake badly, love the lemon flavors!!

  24. Mouth is watering Dorothy! Love lemon anything. And you must try my key lime version!

  25. Good golly! How thick and delicious does this milkshake look?! Wow!
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  26. this looks yummy. love the golden oreos!
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  27. Adeline says:

    OMG……milkshakes !
    you have got to tell me where this place is—PLEASE
    I live in Sacramento too and Lemon pie is one of my 3 favorite flavors ! I’m making this shake ASAP !
    Geez, your milkshakes look so yummy….
    Thank You

  28. I do not like this summer heat one bit, but a milkshake would definitely make it better
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  29. Crystal says:

    Another awesome recipe!! You are the queen of desserts! I love it! Milkshakes are a welcome treat here in Texas with the heat. Love that you topped with golden oreos. Yum!!

  30. This sounds so incredibly awesome!!
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  31. Oh man… I love me a good lemon pie. And as a milkshake. LOVE!
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  32. Pie. Golden Oreos. And Lemon. 3 of my absolute favorite things…together. I love you madly.
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  33. This milkshake sounds incredible! Lemon anything always gets my attention and in milkshake form with the golden oreos? Yup, it’s my dream come true in this heat! Pinned :)
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  34. You had me at lemon! This looks so refreshing! And I hear you about the weather around here, it was 110 on my back porch over the weekend! Melting…and wanting a big gulp of this!! :)
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  35. Lemon desserts are always popular in my house! Can’t wait to try this!

  36. omg, the lemon! LOVE! I imagine this is amazing! My husband just installed a fan in our bedroom bc it’s been getting too hot in there. I love the visual of sitting on the AC vent with a milkshake. :)
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  37. I agree with you when it comes to the hot and humid part. Although I don’t stay there, it’s just as hot here and this milkshake is just the perfect thing that will help me get through the days when it doesn’t rain and the sun takes over!!!!! This is just a blast of lemon pie goodness!!! I sooooo need to make these!!!!!!!!!!1 <3
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  38. Mmmmm! Would love to dive into THAT! I try to avoid milkshakes because they are so fattening, yet I will eat a huge bowl of ice cream. Go figure! I’m pretty sure I will be trying this one.
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  39. I can’t tell there was a messy kitchen behind this photo shoot, but I’m sure it was a delicious one! I feel you – I love summer treats, but photographing them. Such a pain. At least you get to drink the subject immediately. I would have to have two of these; one to photograph and one to drink while photographing. I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands off!
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  40. So smart it hurts! LOL love it. And this milkshake we haven’t hit 108 down here in so cal..yet! It’s been dreadful heat tho so I can only imagine how you feel. So yes, sit on the ac and drink three of these !! ;)
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  41. HA! We have a trainer at our office that comes twice a week, and we do group workouts during lunch. Our trainer hash;t has ice cream in SEVEN YEARS. I am not kidding. I think he’s a little crazy. I have yet to tell him I am a dessert blogger.
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  42. This milkshake looks amazing! I love lemon in the summer!
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  43. I do the same thing with restaurants too! And if they don’t have a menu up on their website, I look them up on yelp.com and browse through the photos. It almost never fails that someone else posted a picture of the menu so I can prepare ahead of time! Still though, a trainer having a picture of a milkshake menu so he can order one?? That’s my kind of trainer! ;) Love your lemon pie version — I bet it deserves a spot on the restaurant’s menu!
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  44. Love this!! It looks amazing, Dorothy!
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  45. Lemon anything is delicious, especially involving desserts. This milkshake looks divine!
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  46. Kristyn says:

    Looks heavenly and so refreshing on a hot summer day! PINNED! :D

  47. I have been so into lemon lately!! This sounds like one awesome milkshake, Dorothy!
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  48. There’s something very cooling about fresh lemons – must be all in the mind though. Your images are awesome and now my mouth is watering – thanks for sharing this, I’ve only got strawberries and bananas so they’ll have to do today, but I’ll be trying it very soon though I bet my cookies sink right to the bottom!

  49. This would be awesome with lemon oreos!

  50. This is just fabulous! :) Perfect for a hot sticky summer day! Especially a day that is 1 billion degrees out!!! ;)
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