Lemon Icebox Pie
While everyone is rushing for fall to start, summer is still here. It’s still hot as blazes here and I need simple, no-bake dessert recipes like this quick and easy lemon icebox pie recipe. This is really a Lemonade Pie, since it’s made with powdered lemonade mix. With only some water and a few pantry items, this quick summer dessert can be a standard after dinner.
No-bake Desserts with Eagle Brand
The folks at Eagle Brand sent me a few coupons for their sweetened condensed milk. It’s a pantry staple for me, but I do mostly seem to use it at Thanksgiving for my pumpkin pie recipe. You really can’t make pumpkin pie without Eagle Brand.
Eagle Brand has a ton of easy summer desserts, from ice cream to pies.
Cool Summer Desserts
It was fun to experiment with this lemon icebox pie. Typically, I make quick-set dessert recipes with Cool Whip or Dream Whip, so this was a nice change of pace. I didn’t have to defrost anything or mix up anything with a blender. This recipe comes together super fast with either a whisk or even just a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula.
For a nice and smooth pie surface, make sure to use more of a swirling stir instead of a whipping stir. This will help incorporate the least amount of air possible to reduce the bubbles in your pie filling mixture.
If your filling still has bubbles in the surface, either gently tap the entire pie on a flat surface like a counter or table before you put it in the fridge to let it set. If it’s still not smooth enough, run a spatula over the surface before chilling.
The finished pie should set up beautifully. For a real wow factor, garnish with swirls of whipped cream, lemon slices, or fresh grated citrus zest. Whipped cream or a dollop of Cool Whip helps cut the tartness, too.
What to Serve with This Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe
Serve this lemon pie as the finale to a light summer dinner of a salad topped with a lean protein like chicken, salmon, or steak, so you can feel virtuous about the calories.
My family are dessert fiends, and this lemon icebox pie recipe makes enough for all six of us. It’s tart enough and rich enough to where a small serving more than satisfies that sweet tooth. And it’s a light enough dessert to not make you feel sluggish in the heat.
If you want to serve this in smaller squares, make a quick graham cracker crust in a square 8 by 8 or 9 by 9 Pyrex dish. A square dish will make nine smaller servings, or twelve if you are really looking to make this dessert stretch.
See my other quick and easy dessert recipes, like this summer berry tart.
|Prep Time||7 minutes|
|Cook Time||0 minutes|
|Passive Time||3 hours|
- 1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
- 6 tablespoons Country Time Lemonade powdered drink mix
- 1 packet unflavored gelatin powder
- 1 1/2 cup water, divided
- Heat 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan on low until hot.
- Sprinkle in unflavored gelatin powder and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
- In mixing bowl, stir to combine Eagle Brand milk, lemonade powder, and remaining 1 1/4 water.
- Add dissolved gelatin into mixing bowl. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
- Pour filling mixture into graham cracker crust. Chill in refrigerator for three hours until set.
- Optional: garnish with lemon slices, whipped cream, or grated lemon zest.
For a stronger, more tart lemon flavor, substitute one packet of Crystal Lite lemon drink mix (2 quart size.)
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