No Bake Lemon Pie

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Lemon Cream Pie is perfect for spring! It’s bursting with lemon flavor and is cool and creamy. Soft whipped cream combined with tart lemon filling combines to make the most amazing dessert. Add a cookie crust and you get a sweet treat no one can resist! 

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Need a little sunshine? This easy Lemon Pie is sure to bring all the feel-good feelings of a summer day. The pie is creamy and lemony and tastes, amazingly, like a Girl Scout Lemonade cookie but with a crumbly, buttery graham cracker crust. 

This recipe is a lot like a lemon ice box pie – once you prepped and baked the crust all you have to do is mix up the filling and leave the pie in the fridge to set up. This creamy lemon cream pie is perfect when it’s warm, but I make all year because even when it’s not so nice out it just cheers me up. 

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What I love about Lemon Pie

What I love about this lemon pie recipe is the bright and fresh lemon flavor in the creamy smooth filling made with sweetened condensed milk. There’s just the right amount of crust, too. I love a graham cracker crust for this pie, but you can easily switch it up and use a Golden Oreo Crust or make a shortbread crust.

So, there’s basically three parts: the easy cookie crust, the whipped cream and the lemon cream filling. I’m walking you through how to make this lemon pie so you can see how easy it is! 

Lemon Pie Ingredients

  • Graham crackers
  • Brown sugar
  • Melted butter
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Sweetened condensed milk (regular or fat-free)
  • Lemon zest
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Pure lemon extract
4 photo collage of process to make graham cracker crust

Make the Graham Cracker Crust

Using a food processor makes the crust a breeze to make. Process the graham crackers until they break down into crumbs. Transfer them to a bowl add the brown sugar and melted butter and stir until combined.

Press the mixture into a 9” pie plate. Make sure it’s spread out evenly in the bottom and up the sides of the dish. Chill it until you’re ready to assemble the pie.

Collage of 6 photos showing the process of making the no bake lemon pie filling

How to Make Lemon Pie

First, you’ll make the whipped cream. I like to chill the bowl beforehand – a cold bowl keeps the fat in the cream cold so it’s much easier to whip. Your whipped cream will be even lighter and fluffier if you start with a cold bowl.

So, beat the cream and sugar together on a high speed in the bowl until it doubles in size. Add the vanilla and continue beating the mixture until it’s light and fluffy. You’ll use half of the whipped cream for the filling and the other half for the topping.

In a separate bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest, lemon juice and the extract. Add half of the whipped cream and carefully stir to combine it with the other ingredients. Pour the filling into the cooled crust.

Slice of no bake lemon pie on white plate with fork and rest of pie in background

Tips for Decorating the Pie

Once the filling is in the crust you can decorate the top with the rest of the whipped cream. You can make it as simple or fancy as you want – here are a few ideas:

  • To keep it really simple, just spread the rest of the whipped cream over the filling. Sprinkle some lemon zest over the top. 
  • Or, you can pipe the whipped cream using a star tip (I use a #22 star tip with a pastry bag).
  • For next level decorations like you see in the photo, pipe the whipped cream around the edge of the pie and then place thin-sliced lemon halves in between. 
  • To create the lemon curl in the middle, take a whole slice of lemon and cut a single slit to the middle. Give it a twist and place in on the pie. Sprinkle lemon zest over the top and that’s it!

Lemon Cream Pie FAQ

How to store the pie?

Store the pie in the refrigerator until ready to serve and afterwards. It will keep for a few days

Can I freeze this pie?

Yes you can! And it’s even good frozen.

Can I substitute Cool Whip?

Yes, by substituting one (8-ounce) container for the whipped cream.

Slice of no bake lemon pie with one bite missing on a white plate

A slice of this creamy lemon pie is like a little bit of sunshine on a plate! I hope you love it as much as we do – enjoy!

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No Bake Lemon Cream Pie

This easy No Bake Lemon Pie is creamy and perfect with a graham cracker crust. You can even freeze it!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

For the Crust:

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Lemon Cream:

  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (fat-free is fine)
  • ¾ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons)
  • ¼ teaspoon pure lemon extract

Instructions

  • Make the crust and chill until the filling is ready.
  • Make whipped cream. Add cream and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high speed until it doubles in size, then add vanilla. Continue beating on high speed until fluffy whipped cream forms. Chill until ready to use.
  • Stir sweetened condensed milk, ½ teaspoon lemon zest, lemon juice, and lemon extract in a large bowl until combined. Add half of your whipped cream and stir carefully until completely incorporated. Pour into cooled crust.
  • Decorate the top of your pie with the rest of your whipped cream. You can spread it in an even layer or pipe it on using a star tip. (I used star tip #22 in a disposable pastry bag.) Sprinkle with remaining lemon zest. Chill until ready to use. Refrigerate leftovers. The pie is also good frozen for a cool summer treat.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon, pie
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This No Bake Lemon Pie Recipe with sweetened condensed milk is an easy icebox pie with tons of lemon flavor. Make a homemade graham cracker crust with this easy lemon filling – this pie is a favorite!

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23 CommentsLeave a comment or review

  1. Can’t wait to try this! Allrecipes decorated their key lime pie just like this! Looks like the same pie only with lime!

  2. I just realized this is the oldest online recipe that I make! So easy; so delicious!
    And I always have these ingredients on hand. My recipe has to be gluten free for me – so the only change I make is the crust. I use almond meal with butter and sweetener. I also use Cool Whip instead of whipped cream for stability.
    This is delicious with fresh blueberries piled on top. Thank you, Dorothy!

  3. I have a similar recipe that uses Key Lime juice – you could probably switch out here too. Love me some Key Lime Pie!!!