Lemon IceBox Pie

Lemon IceBox Pie | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy no bake recipe for a great lemon icebox pie!

Hi folks.

Today is reveal day for our Recipe Swap group. The group is run by Christianni of The Burwell General Store. Each month we make over a vintage recipe she chooses for us. The goal is to change 3 things about the recipe and make it into something else. I love the challenge of this. I have to admit this month I am cheating a bit and turning it into something easy. It’s too darn hot to cook, turning on the oven is not permitted in the Bee household right now. We would melt. So I needed to turn it into something that did not require cooking or melting my family members. Wait, that just sounds monumentally wrong. Moving on. It’s also a holiday in Canada today, a civic holiday but a holiday none the less. So on holiday weekends the last thing you want to do is anything at all. So this is what you get when you cross hot with lazy. Lemon IceBox Pie.

The original recipe was for a Lemon Sponge Pie. Which actually sounds really good. Well, except for the part about turning on the oven for 45 minutes. Not gonna happen folks. Maybe in the fall but for now not a chance in steaming hot H…E…double hockey sticks. Below you can find the original and see why I love it, but also why I chose to make it a no bake recipe. 45 freaking minutes….I’d be in a puddle…on the bottom of the floor….and no one likes a lunatic puddle.

Vintage Lemon Sponge Pie Recipe

Sounds really good right. I may try it out once the weather cools down. I love the description of the restaurant being “charming”, not a word you hear much these days. Unless you’re watching a Disney movie. Has anyone figured out how Prince Charming was involved with so many Disney Princesses? The dude gets around. Okay, so we’ve determined:

I’m hot.

I’m lazy.

I think Prince Charming is a giant DB.

Yup, that about sums it up. Enjoy some pie!

Lemon IceBox Pie | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy no bake recipe for a great lemon icebox pie!

Lemon IceBox Pie
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A simple, no bake recipe for lemon icebox pie. Your guests will never know it only took 10 minutes to make!
Recipe type: dessert, ice cream
Serves: 8-12
For the Crust:
  • 1 cup graham crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter
For the Lemon Filling:
  • 2 boxes of Jello Lemon Pudding, dry (99 gram packages)
  • 4 cups of milk
  • ½ tub of Cool Whip (1 L)
For the Topping:
  • ½ tub of Cool Whip (1L)
  • optional: sprinkles
For the Crust:
  1. Melt butter in the microwave. 3 tablespoons should take about 30ish seconds.
  2. In a bowl combine graham crumbs and butter, stir until well combined.
  3. Press into a pie plate that you've already sprayed with non-stick spray. Tamp it down with the underside of a glass. Works really well.
  4. Set aside.
For the Filling:
  1. Mix the dry pudding mixes with 4 cups of milk.
  2. Once it's thick and creamy, add the cool whip and mix until well combined.
  3. Pour this over top of the pie crust.
  4. Smooth out.
For the Topping:
  1. Pour cool whip on top of filling. Smooth out.
  2. Garnish the top with sprinkles if you like them. Just makes it extra pretty.
  3. Pop it in your freezer for about an hour, or up to about 4 hours. Depends if you like your icebox pie soft or hard.
  4. Remove and slice.
  5. Serve with a big old lemony smile!
I'm a Canuck so our sizes are different from the states. If you buy the 32 ounce size and use half in the filling and half for the topping it's approximately the same as our Canadian 1 L so should work perfectly.

Lemon IceBox Pie | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy no bake recipe for a great lemon icebox pie!

Yes I realize this makes me the laziest swapper of all time. I can live with it. The heat made me do it Christianni. Hope you forgive me for its simplicity. I can tell you it tastes great though. I might have been seen eating it right out of the pie plate. What? I had to make it look all even and perfect for the photo shoot. It’s part of my job. God, I love my job!

Lemon IceBox Pie | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy no bake recipe for a great lemon icebox pie!

Make sure you stop by and check out the other swappers. They all whipped up some amazing treats for you to swoon over. There is nothing like a good swoon. As long as it’s over pie and not some over-sexed cartoon character. Just sayin’.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. says

    Sounds and looks absolutely fantastic! Making it easy is never cheating. It’s genius! I love a good ice box dessert. My mom was huge on them, so I guess it runs in the genes. Delicious yet refreshing and a beautiful recipe. Bookmarked! Now that I don’t have anyone on my foodbuzz inbox anymore, my bookmark list is getting HUGE. lol. Hope you have an excellent week!


    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Kate. I have been making so many this year. I just refuse to turn on my oven in this heat.

      I hear you. I feel so out of touch since foodbuzz went away. I think once my son moves out and my daughter goes back to school I need to spend a few days tracking some people down and connecting. I’ve been a bad blogging buddy this summer. I just feel this weight of time on me, I know our lives will change forever in a few weeks when he moves out. So trying to just take it all in.

      Thanks for coming back. I adore you and your blog and do not want to lose touch with foodbuzz out of the picture. xx

  2. says

    Hi Kim, I absolutely love how you made your Lemon Ice Box Pie…so lemony and refreshing. A simple and easy recipe that is so perfect in this hot weather…no bake; that’s the best part.

    I’m pinning this to on Pinterest! …also I’m putting your blog on my new blog list (wiped out the old list by mistake)…time for a new one, anyway:D

    • Kim Bee says

      I just love a good no bake recipe right now. I just will not turn on my oven. I even put a sign on it and taped it over the buttons so no one else will turn it on. I’m sure it looks hilarious.

      You are so sweet. I love to see people pin my stuff. It’s so fun to go on and see one of my pics pop up. Doesn’t happen often so I always get a charge of it.

      Again you are too sweet. Thank you for that. Mine went away when I moved to wp and I keep wondering whether to add one back on or not.

      Thanks for popping by Elizabeth. You are a total sweetheart. Your daughter is lucky to have you as her mom. I wish I had my mom around to do foodie things with. Very jealous of you two. xx

  3. says

    so…I only made a drink, so I think that makes me slightly “lazier” than you. agreed, it’s just too hot! I love any kind of pie like this….love that you added some cute sprinkles!

    • Kim Bee says

      Lol Alex. It’s just too hot to do anything more than drink and eat no bakes, and order out. It was screaming for sprinkles…or maybe that was my belly.

  4. says

    I am absolutely in love this delicious ice box cake my friend – no baking with all the flavour ๐Ÿ˜€
    I also adore the beautiful decorations of it too!

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. says

    Hey Girl!
    I’ve missed this blog! For some reason when you changed the look, etc. it decided not to show up on my feed.
    Anyway, I looked you up today and saw this pie. My mom always made it (a different recipe) and now I make it for my husband. It’s his favorite. I never have liked it because our recipe calls for Eagle Brand milk (which I despise) and lemon juice mixed, poured in a graham cracker shell, and topped w/ cool whip. I am going to try this with the pudding. :)
    & I totally agree about the heat. Our oven is off limits too!

    • Kim Bee says

      Hi Connie. I am so sorry, when I moved I think I lost quite a few people. So glad you came in search of me. That makes me supremely happy.

      It’s so easy with the pudding. You will freak out how good it is too. What’s cool too is if you are looking for lower calorie just use the sugar free jello pudding and cool whip. I don’t but I would guess anyone could. Lol.

      I put a sign on my stove. That way the kids remember to leave it alone too.

  6. says

    The sprinkles are good. There’s the proof any of us need that you’re not really lazy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nice, cool adaption. Looks great; but you do owe us the original, you know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Kim Bee says

      Bah, not sure sprinkles qualify as work. I just cannot bring myself to even look at my oven right now. I’ll have to do the original in the fall.

  7. says

    I guess we tied for laziest recipe swappers, as I also refused to bake! I’m with you… it’s too hot! But, alas, I think your recipe looks awesome. I love a good old fashioned ice box pie, and this one looks amazing. bravo!

    • Kim Bee says

      Awe thanks Lindsay. I really love icebox pies during summer. I just can’t fathom turning on my oven when it’s this hot. Some days I don’t even feel like eating, so that must mean it’s super hot. lol

  8. Bev M says

    was curious about the cookbook that the recipe originally came from… I live near New Castle, DE…. the part they are referring to is actually called “Olde New Castle” or “Historic New Castle”… all very old buildings and houses … William Penn landed there…. etc… very historic

    • Kim Bee says

      Hi Bev, thanks for asking. I’m tracking down our fearless leader who has the cookbook to get some info for you. I’ll pop back once she replies. How cool that you have such a connection to the location. I promise to get more info for you. xx

  9. says

    I think prince charming is a giant db is just about the best thing I’ve heard all day! Love this icebox pie, it looks so light, summery, & pretty!

  10. Kim Bee says

    Thanks so much for featuring me and my lazy little pie. I was so surprised by the response to this. Always nice to have people love your food. Makes me heart happy. xx

  11. says

    Anything that involves opening up your freezer and being presented not only with a refreshing blast of cold air but also a tasty dessert as well is A-OK with me! I’m pleased this swap did not turn you into a Canadian puddle! That’s never a good thing – Gary

  12. says

    This pie looks so good. Thank you so much for providing us with a recipe that doesn’t require the use of an oven. I refuse to turn that hot box on while it’s 100 degrees outside. I can’t tell you how excited I am for fall to arrive. I want apple pie!

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks so much. I love no bake recipes right now. I look forward to fall baking myself. I miss being able to turn on my oven.

  13. says

    This looks perfect for the hot weather! My aunt makes a killer jello cheesecake that’s really similar (I just got two boxes’ worth when I went to visit yesterday), and I can’t wait to give this variation a try. Thanks for sharing! By the way, I love your Disney princes bit–although I’m pretty sure it’s Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming from Cinderella, the Unnamed Creeper from Snow White, Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid. You’re right, though; these are probably all just aliases for the same supreme creeper dude, heh.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I keep my icebox pies in the freezer. Then just take them out a few minutes before serving in case your freezer is uber powerful. I take mine out anywhere from about 5 to 15 minutes depending on type. This one tends to be soft so 5 is likely enough. If you don’t eat it all just pop it back in the freezer. xx

  14. Mary says

    Should the crust be just on the bottom of the pie, or up the sides of the pie plate (can’t tell from the picture)?? thanks.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Hey Mary. Thanks for asking. Either way is totally acceptable. Sometimes I go all the way up and sometimes I don’t. It looks nicer if you do. Hope you like it. xx

  15. Diane Louise says

    I live in Arizona and have a lemon tree full of big lemons right now! Wondering if I squeezed a few tablespoons of juice into the instant pudding mixture if it would give it a fresher lemony flavor (which I love) ? Also thought I could decorate the cool whip on the top with some thin slices of lemon peel.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Squeezing fresh lemon in this would make it amazing. Take advantage of that tree, I wish I had one. I also love the idea of lemon slices on top, candied lemons slices would be fabulous on this!


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