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10 Minute No Bake Lemon Pie

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Looking for a quick and easy dessert that’s bursting with flavor? You’ll love this 10-Minute No Bake Lemon Pie recipe made with 4 simple ingredients. With a silky smooth texture, bright, citrusy flavor, and a ready-made crust, it’s a dreamy treat all season!

Side view of a slice of No Bake Lemon Pie with whipped topping and fresh lemon slices

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And, it’s an unbelievably delicious and easy 10-Minute dessert that’s utterly effortless and refreshing!

We have several lemon dessert recipes on the site, like Baked Lemon Pudding, or French Lemon Curd Tart… but not one you can make in 10 minutes plus chilling time. And to be honest, it probably isn’t even 10 minutes… most of the time, I can make it in 5 minutes! And this lemon pie… is pretty special.

Top view of sliced 10 Minute No Bake Lemon Pie with dollops of whipped cream, fresh lemon slices and lemon zest in a ready made graham cracker crust

If you’re looking for more lemon recipes, I have a whole page dedicated to this delicious fruit!

This pie is similar in method to our super popular 10 Minute No Bake Cheesecake. And if you’re a fan of that incredible recipe and love lemon, this pretty and creamy chilled dessert will be a new favorite all season!


3 Reasons to Love No Bake Lemon Pie

  1. 4 ingredients plus a ready-made graham crust
  2. Deliciously refreshing and effortless to make
  3. Perfect for picnics, backyard BBQs, or anytime you need to bring dessert

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No Bake Lemon Pie Ingredients

The flavor of this lemon pie filling is similar to lemon curd or the filling of my lemon bars, but quicker and easier to make. Sweetened condensed milk lends this filling a sweet, soft, and creamy texture. And it’s utterly delicious!

The cream cheese acts as a stabilizer eliminating the need for adding egg yolks. And eliminating the need to bake this easy pie in the oven.

Along with cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk, you will also need lemon juice. Because this recipe calls for both lemon juice and zest, it’s delicious with fresh lemons. However, I’ve tested it both ways, using fresh lemons and bottled lemon juice, and honestly, both are delicious. I would miss the zest as it provides such amazing lemon flavor, though.


Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

While I’m using a 9-inch ready-made graham cracker crust for the ultimate convenience, you can also make your own with 3 simple ingredients.

Here’s what you need:

  • 12 full sheets of graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter

To make the crust, preheat the oven to 350°F. Using a food processor is easiest, but you can also use ready-made graham cracker crumbs (about 1 1/2 cups), or crush them with a rolling pin in a large size plastic bag.

Stir the ingredients together until combined and sandy in texture. Transfer to an ungreased 9-inch pie dish and using your hand, pat the crumbs into the bottom of the dish and up the sides to compact the ingredients. You don’t need to push with much force, simply pat the mixture into place.

Bake for about 10 minutes and let completely cool to room temperature before adding the lemon pie filling.


How to Make No Bake Lemon Pie

Easy step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card below, but here is a quick overview with photos:

Top view of no bake lemon pie filling in a glass bowl with a rubber spatula

Beat softened cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and zest; and beat until smooth.

Top view of just transferred no bake lemon pie filling into graham cracker crust
Top view of no bake lemon pie filling begin smoothed with an offset spatula

Transfer the filling to the graham crust, smooth the top with an offset spatula, and chill for 2 to 4 hours or until set. For very sharp slices, you might want to consider freezing the pie for half an hour or so.

Serve chilled.

Optional Garnishes

I love to use a star tip to pipe decorations on top. You can make your own homemade whipped cream or use whipped topping, like Cool Whip. Fresh lemon slices and zest are also a nice touch.

No Bake Lemon Pie Questions

Can you substitute fat-free cream cheese?

Yes! The texture is a bit softer when using fat-free cream cheese. But the flavors remain very similar.

Do you have to use fresh lemon juice?

While I always love fresh lemon juice, bottled lemon juice works fine too. Eliminate the lemon zest in the recipe as well.

How far in advance can you make this No Bake Lemon Pie?

It’s best up to 2 days in advance but will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can this Lemon Pie be frozen?

Absolutely! Wrap it well and freeze it for up to 3 months.

Side view of a slice of No Bake Lemon Pie with whipped topping, lemon zest and fresh lemon slices on a white plate

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Side view of a slice of No Bake Lemon Pie with whipped topping and fresh lemon slices

10 Minute No Bake Lemon Pie

This delicious 10-Minute No Bake Lemon Pie recipe has 4 ingredients, a silky smooth texture, bright citrus flavor, and a ready-made crust!
4.8 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch graham cracker crust ready made or homemade
  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest or the zest of 2 lemons
  • dash of salt

Instructions

  • Place the softened cream cheese into a bowl and blend with a hand mixer (or stand mixer) until smooth. Add the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and zest; continue blending until fully combined and completely smooth.
  • Transfer the filling into the graham crust, smooth the top with an offset spatula and chill until set; about 2 to 4 hours. For crisp, sharp slices, you freeze the pie for 30 minutes or so just before serving.
  • Top with whipped cream or cool whip and serve chilled.

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Notes

How far in advance can this recipe be made?

It’s best up to 2 days ahead but will keep for up to 5 days. Cover the lemon pie and store it in the refrigerator. 

Can this Lemon Pie be frozen?

Absolutely. Wrap it well and freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake lemon icebox pie, no bake lemon pie

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