Lemon Icebox Pie

Hey there, foodies! Today, I’m excited to share a recipe that brings back fond memories of warm gatherings and sweet moments with loved ones. The zesty and creamy Lemon Icebox Pie has been a staple dessert in my family for generations. This recipe holds a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to pass on both the deliciousness and the memories to you.

How to Prepare Lemon Icebox Pie

Creating this tangy and velvety Lemon Icebox Pie is simpler than you might think. The combination of zesty lemons and rich creaminess is a match made in dessert heaven. Let’s dive into the recipe!

Ingredients for Lemon Icebox Pie

  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions for Lemon Icebox Pie

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and lemon zest to the bowl. Mix the ingredients until you achieve a smooth and luscious texture.
  3. Pour the delightful mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust, ensuring an even distribution.
  4. Refrigerate the pie for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld beautifully.
  5. Once chilled and set, take the pie out and garnish with swirls of whipped cream and a sprinkle of fresh mint leaves if desired.
  6. Slice, serve, and savor the irresistible tangy-sweetness of your homemade Lemon Icebox Pie!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to use graham cracker crust for this pie?

No, while graham cracker crust complements the flavors well, you can also explore other crust options like shortbread or even a nut-based crust.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemons?

While fresh lemon juice is recommended for the best flavor, bottled lemon juice can be used if fresh lemons are not available. Just make sure it’s 100% pure lemon juice without any added sugars.

What can I substitute for cream cheese to make it lighter?

You can try using Greek yogurt or a combination of Greek yogurt and cottage cheese for a lighter twist on the classic recipe.

Can I make this pie ahead of time?

Absolutely! Lemon Icebox Pie actually benefits from being prepared ahead of time, as it allows the flavors to develop and meld together. Just keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to serve.

Is lemon zest essential?

Lemon zest adds a burst of intense citrus flavor that enhances the overall taste of the pie. However, if you don’t have access to lemon zest, you can still proceed with the recipe without it.

Can I freeze Lemon Icebox Pie?

While it’s not recommended to freeze this pie due to its creamy nature, you can certainly store any leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days. Just note that the texture might slightly change after freezing.

Time to Delight in Every Zesty Bite!

There you have it, a scrumptious Lemon Icebox Pie recipe that’s perfect for both casual family dinners and special occasions. The blend of creaminess and zingy lemon notes will leave your taste buds dancing. Share this delightful dessert with your loved ones, and let it become a part of your cherished memories, just like it has in mine. Happy baking!

Lemon Icebox Pie

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 9 inch prepared graham cracker crust
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 lemons juiced


  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.
  • Add condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon rind.
  • Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into crust.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and mint leaves if desired.
Keyword no-bake
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