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No Bake No Egg Lemon Icebox Pie

A Southern classic, lemon icebox pie that requires no baking or eggs! Foolproof and delicious every time!
Prep Time10 mins
allow time if making graham cracker crust15 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Easy Lemon Icebox Pie, Lemon Ice Box Pie, Lemon Icebox Pie
Servings: 8 pie slices
Calories: 100kcal
Author: SmartyPantsKitchen

Ingredients

Crust

  • 8 whole graham crackers (broken; usually in 1 pkg.)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter (half a stick)

Filling

  • 1 cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed (10-12 lemons, depending upon size)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon instant pudding mix
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon gelatin (unflavored)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Prepare Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350ยบ F
  • Melt butter in small saucepan
  • In food processor, combined broken pieces of graham crackers and sugar; drizzle in melted butter
  • Pour graham cracker mixture into 9 inch pie plate; press graham cracker mixture into the bottom and sides of the pan
  • Bake on middle rack for 12-15 minutes; remove from oven and allow to cool before filling

Prepare Filling

  • In the food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse until it reaches a smooth consistency
  • Scoop filling into cooled graham cracker crust; cover with plastic and refrigerate for 2-3 hours
  • Prior to serving, garnish with whipped cream and lemon slices
  • Allow pie to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before slicing

Notes

This easy lemon icebox pie requires no eggs and no baking!

One caveat is that you must use fresh squeezed lemon juice. The artificial or "real" juice in a jar doesn't cut it. You'll need about a cup of lemon juice, so roughly 8-10 big lemons, plus more for garnish.

Can I Use Meyer Lemons for Lemon Icebox Pie?

I wouldn't recommend it. Meyer lemons are less acidic and sweeter than 'regular' lemons. When the lemon is not the star of the show, it's fine to substitute with a Meyer lemon; however, in this recipe, the tang of the lemon is the star and therefore I do not recommend the substitution.

How Can I Tell if a Lemon is Juicy?

Generally speaking, the finer the pores on a piece of citrus, the more juice it contains. If the lemon is relatively smooth, it most likely is juicier than those that have larger pores.

How Do I Make Lemon Zest?

If you don't have a citrus zester, use the smallest side of a cheese grater. This recipe calls for one tablespoon of zest, which can be produced from about two large lemons.

Can I Make a Lemon Icebox Pie in Advance?

This pie can easily hold its own in the freezer for up to a week, provided its covered with plastic. Allow pie to thaw in refrigerator prior to serving.

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