Easy No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe

Lemon ice box pie is a homemade dessert that’s easy to make and incredibly refreshing. It’s the perfect summertime treat! This classic dessert has a homemade graham cracker crust and a luscious creamy filling. It’s then topped off with Cool Whip or sweetened whipped cream.

A fork in the middle of a slice of pie.

Lemon ice box pie is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day, and it’s sure to bring smiles to all your family and friends. Plus, it’s a cinch to make – no baking required!

What is an icebox pie?

Years before modern refrigeration, people would purchase large chunks of ice and place them in special boxes that were insulated and would hold a block of ice up to 50 pounds. Hence the name, icebox. Believe it or not, there are still people around who refer to their refrigerator as an icebox.

While some icebox pies use eggs and condensed milk, this recipe makes use of convenience items and eliminates the need to be baked. Because it is made with pudding and Cool Whip, keeping the pie frozen is a necessity.

This simple no-bake pudding pie comes together in no time. The hardest part about making it is waiting a couple of hours for it to firm up. While it is always delicious, it is especially welcome during warm weather and makes a great dessert to serve after enjoying barbecue, burgers, etc.


For this sweet, cool dessert, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3.4-ounce box of JELL-O lemon instant pudding mix
  • lemon zest
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip (thawed)
  • 6-ounce graham cracker pie crust
Ingredients to make a lemon ice box pie.

How To Make No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie

Start by beating half-and-half and the pudding mix in a mixing bowl. I recommend that you start off slowly for about 30 seconds and then increase the speed to HIGH for about 2 minutes.

Lemon pudding mix and half and half in a mixing bowl.

Next, add 8 ounces of Cool Whip. For this recipe, you can either buy two 8-ounce containers or save some plastic (and maybe some money) and buy one 16-ounce container. If you purchase the larger container, simply use half.

Lemon pudding mixture and whipped topping in a mixing bowl.

Beat at a LOW speed until you no longer see any white from the Cool Whip.

Lemon pie filling being mixed together in a mixing bowl.

Add some fresh lemon zest for an added layer of brightness. Once you have grated the lemon zest, fold it into the filling.

Lemon pie filling in a graham cracker crust.

Pour the filling into a prepared pie crust. You can either make your own graham cracker crust or buy a 6-ounce crust. Alternatively, you could even bake a regular pie-crust, but then technically this would no longer be a no-bake pie. Minor details – no need to worry about them.

Whipped topping on top of a lemon pie.

Next, spread Cool Whip on top of the lemon filling. If your Cool Whip is too firm because it has not thawed out enough, go ahead and freeze the lemon pie for an hour and allow the Cool Whip to thaw some more in the refrigerator.

If your Cool Whip is nice and soft, you can go ahead and spread it on top of the lemon pie filling. Freeze the pie for 2-3 hours so that it will become firm.

Lemon ice box pie, two forks, and a bowl of lemons.

When ready to serve, if the pie is too firm, let it sit out at room temperature for 15 minutes before slicing.

Slice of lemon ice box pie on a plate.

Other sweet pie recipes at Southern Kissed you may enjoy:

A slice of lemon ice box pie on a plate.

No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie

This easy no-bake lemon ice box pie is cool, creamy, and delicious. The lemon flavor is light and refreshing.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 281kcal


  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 3.4 ounce JELL-O lemon instant pudding mix
  • lemon zest
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip thawed
  • 6 ounce graham cracker pie crust


  • Place half-and-half and pudding mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix at low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add 8 ounces of Cool Whip and mix on low speed until mixture is well blended. Fold in lemon zest.
  • Pour pudding mixture into prepared pie crust.
  • Spread remaining Cool Whip on top of lemon pudding mixture. Freeze pie for at least 2 hours.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg
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