There is no simpler dessert then lemon cool whip pie. Only 4 ingredients and NO BAKING! Cool and creamy, this pie is the perfect finish to a summer BBQ. Make it when you’re short on time but heading to a potluck. Truly a simple “anytime” dessert.
I love math as much as the next guy, so I’m happy to post this 4 ingredient lemon cream pie in honor of pi day. This pie is truly the easiest dessert you can possibly make.
The hardest part is juicing lemons.
There is no baking involved. (Of course I baked my own graham cracker crust, but that’s just how I roll).
If you can operate a can opener, you’re totally golden.
No Bake Lemon Cool Whip Pie
All it takes to throw together this truly delicious cool whip lemon pie is a pre-made graham cracker crust (find this at any major grocery store) a bowl and a spoon. If you are kitchen skills challenged, this is the recipe for you. If you’re short on time, this is the recipe for you.
Even a small child could make this lemon pie.
Another bonus, you can easily swap out the cool whip for dairy free coconut whip if you’re “cooking” for people with food allergies. Same delicious taste, same easy preparation.
I love this pie for summer time when it’s hot outside not only because it’s no bake, so I don’t have to turn on the oven, but also because it’s so creamy and cool, it’s the perfect refreshing treat for a hot summer day.
Not that I ever get sick of ice cream or popsicles, but if you’re looking to mix it up a bit this summer, no bake lemon cream pie is where it’s at.
I’m also stoked for more recipes that use up my backyard lemons! I’m definitely juicing a bunch now and freezing for more pies this summer.
I’ve made a few updates to this blog post during non-pi day season, and I have to say, it’s really a delicious and simple recipe for any time of the year.
But, if it is pi day and you’re looking for a great pie recipe, save your brain power for differentials, or integers, or complex fractions, or something like that. (Yes, I had to google “math words” in order to come up with those) Or skip the math and do something you like to do with all the free time you’ll have by not having to bake this dessert.
I’d love to hear about what your favorite no-bake desserts are. Leave a comment below and let me know!
If you give this recipe a try, I’d love to see it! Tag me @betsylife on Facebook or Instagram and I’ll share your creations!
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No Bake Lemon Cool Whip Pie
There is no simpler dessert then lemon cool whip pie. Only 4 ingredients and NO BAKING! Cool and creamy, this pie is the perfect finish to a summer BBQ. Make it when you're short on time but heading to a potluck. Truly a simple "anytime" dessert.
If you want to make your own graham cracker crust
- 8-10 whole graham crackers
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup margarine melted
For the pie
- 1-9 inch graham cracker crust
- 1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1-12 oz container frozen whipped topping thawed
to make your own crust
Grind crackers in a food processor to create crumbs
Pour the crumbs into a bowl and add the sugar and melted margarine. Stir well.
Pour the mix into a 9-inch pie pan and press the mixture into the bottom and sides of the pie pan.
Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees.
to make the pie
Stir together condensed milk, lemon juice and whipped topping until well combined.
Pour into pie crust.
Chill in the refrigerator until set, at least one hour
Wow! Seems so delicious and yummy. Thank you so much for sharing such a great recipe!
You’re very welcome! If you make it be sure to tag me on social media so I can check it out
Lynnee Jimenez says
This looks amaaaaaaazing!
It’s so easy! Definitely try it
Terri Smith says
Just got through making it and it was so easy and so delicious.. (I licked the spoon to check it out! lol..) It’s in the refrigerator now.. I recommend everyone that loves lemon pie to give it a try.. They will not regret it! Thank you for this easy recipe!
Terri Smith says
Oh and I rate this recipe a 5 star!!
Yay! So glad you liked it
This is the best pie I’ve ever made since it was so easy and so delicious! I made it for dinner at a friend’s house and everyone loved it.
Yay! Glad you loved it. Definitely one of our favorites
J Vickie says
Just curious can you use lemon juice from concentrate instead of fresh squeezed???
That should work just fine!
Can cream cheese be used to substitute the sweetened condensed milk?
I wouldn’t recommend it. The texture would be significantly changed.
I made this and I personally thought it was delicious. My family didn’t care for it if I have to be honest. They said it was very tart, which it definitely is but I love a more authentic lemon flavor. This definitely isn’t similar to most lemon flavored desserts, which tend to have a milder flavor similar to vanilla. It’s not for every palate, but I enjoyed it. Next time I will swap out the lemon juice for lemon pudding.
How long will this pie last in the frig? If it’s not eaten first?! 🙂
About 3 days
Oh don’t worry it’ll be eaten first.. My mother in law makes this pie for every occasion, and the entire family loves it I was looking it up for the recipe so I can make it tonight. Everybody keeps saying it’s like lemon pie tho. The one she makes you can hardly taste the lemon so I hope this is the same recipe that she makes, I should just text and ask her the recipe lmao..
I got almost this exact same recipe from a different source a couple of years ago. It calls for only 1/4 Cup lemon juice. I will def try this one adding more juice! I AM NOT a big fan of lemon desserts at all, but this truly is one of the easiest and most delicious lemon desserts I’ve ever had! Thanks for posting ~
I love lemon do this is right up my alley. Just mixed up and put in the fridge. I had done vanilla wafers leftover, crushed them up and mixed in. My hubby licked the spoon and said it was very good. Can’t wait for it set up
Shelley McConnell says
Could you put a can of your favourite pie filling on top? Blueberry is what comes to my mind!
Yes, but the texture of the pie is very fluffy so it might cave in a bit if you add too much
just got this and i’m so happy to see this,i cant wait to try it.
Gail Potts says
What cause this pie to thicken? Just curious
It’s made with Cool Whip so that’s already thick and is what holds the shape
Try using 1 box of DRY Lemon Jello instead of lemon juice.
It’s delicious and even easier!
Sheila Hammond says
Can I use lime juice instead, just squeezed a bunch from my tree
Olivia Tuttle says
I use lime juice in mine and it’s delicious.
Jean Laffertu says
Mine never thickened, disappointed!
Haynette Miller says
This pie was so delicious. It reminded me of the lemon Ritz pie. I can’t find it anymore, but now I don’t have to look for it LOL I know how to make it.
Chandrika Shetty says
Accidentally bumped into this recipe. Sounds yummy . I have a lemon tree and can’t wait to try this.
My favourite no bake pie is Banofee pie. I often make it when I have to use up the ripe bananas
Rosemary Kasch says
I used Meyer lemons from my tree and used 3/4 cup. It was delicious!
Been making this pie for decades. So good! But I’m curious…Can you substitute homemade whipped cream for cool whip?
Yes, but it might change the texture a bit
Can this pie be frozen? Making it for bbq and would love to makeahead and freeze.
Yes it can, but if it thaws completely it will have a watery texture. I would recommend thawing only to the point you can cut through it and enjoying it semi-frozen. (it will have an ice cream texture)
What can I substitute the condensed milk with? Maybe almond milk?
The condensed milk has a very thick texture, so something like almond milk would not work. The best substitute I can think of would be heavy cream with a lot of sugar whisked in.