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Easy No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe

This Easy No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe is a great alternative to labor-intensive lemon meringue. It’s light, creamy, and refreshing.

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.

slice of Lemon Icebox pie

How To Make No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie

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

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

You 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.

adding Cool Whip

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.

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

adding lemon zest

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

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.

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.

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 Icebox pie

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 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Additional Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 281 kcal


  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 3.4 ounce JELL-O lemon instant pudding mix
  • lemon zest
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 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: 1sliceCalories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 223mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 207IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 1mg
Keyword lemon pie
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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.

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