Creamy Lemon Pie

5 from 12 votes

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This Creamy Lemon Pie is packed full of tart, lemon flavor and creamy goodness. This recipe is super easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser!

Creamy Lemon Pie surrounded by lemon slices
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  1. Ingredients in this Creamy Lemon Pie Recipe
  2. Lemon Pie in Ten Minutes
  3. Take Help from the Store
  4. Lemon Pudding vs. Vanilla Pudding
  5. Frequently Asked Questions about Creamy Lemon Pie
  6. Other Lemon Recipes You Will Love
  7. How to Make Creamy Lemon Pie
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This Creamy Lemon Pie is exactly the recipe you need to celebrate the spring season. Even if the weather is on the chilly side (and where we live there are still a few blustery days ahead of us) this beautiful dessert with creamy lemon pie filling will brighten your day. It’s perfect to serve for Easter dinner, a backyard picnic, a springtime bridal shower, just about any occasion. This is truly one of the easiest pie dishes to prepare too! No fuss, just fresh lemons and plenty of flavor.

Ingredients in this Creamy Lemon Pie Recipe

This no bake dessert is so simple to prepare, with creamy lemon filling and a simple crust. Here’s all you need:

  • Graham cracker crust – Our homemade graham cracker crust is so easy to make. All you need are some graham cracker crumbs, some melted butter and a food processor to grind it into fine crumbs. You can also use a rolling pin to crush graham crackers in a plastic bag. Or if you’re really pressed for time, grab a pre-made crust at the grocery store.
  • Milk – use either whole milk or 2%. Make sure the milk is COLD.
  • Vanilla instant pudding – an 8-ounce package if you can find it. Or use a 3.5 ounce packet and a 5 ounce packet. I don’t use lemon pudding in this recipe, which I get into more later. Personal preference.
  • Frozen lemonade concentrate – you’ll need about half a can (or six ounces) of the thawed concentrate for ultra lemon flavor..
  • Cool Whip – an 8-ounce tub, thawed.
  • Lemon slices for garnish
  • Fresh raspberries – optional, but they make a pretty garnish on this lemon pie.

Lemon Pie in Ten Minutes

Did I mention it is the easiest recipe EVER? No heating up the oven. I think once I had the ingredients ready and thawed, it took me less than 10 minutes to put together. Then I just let it chill in the refrigerator for about four hours. Make sure to use 2% or whole milk, otherwise the pie won’t set up quite as well.

Take Help from the Store

I used a prepared pie crust and Cool Whip for convenience, but if you want to kick it up a notch, you can use our Perfect Graham Cracker Crust recipe and make your own whipped cream with some heavy cream and an electric mixer. Feel free to get creative with your lemon garnish, such as berries, sliced lemons, a little lemon zest, or add more whipped cream garnish if you’re like me and you just can’t get enough of that stuff.

Lemon Pudding vs. Vanilla Pudding

Some readers asked why we didn’t use lemon pudding mix in this recipe. To me, lemon pudding mix just doesn’t have that bright taste that I look for in a lemon recipe. Sometimes the boxed lemon pudding mix can even have a chemical-y taste that I don’t like. When I make a recipe with lemons I love to have the fresh, tart lemon taste that makes my lips pucker! So, I decided to use vanilla pudding as a base so that the lemon flavor I love would really shine through. For extra lemon flavor you can add a teaspoon or so of fresh lemon juice to the filling.

Frequently Asked Questions about Creamy Lemon Pie

What is the difference between creamy lemon pie and lemon meringue pie?

A lot of creamy lemon pies are made with sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks and has the texture of key lime pie. A lemon meringue pie is made with egg yolks, cornstarch, and butter. This simple pie recipe takes a couple of short cuts, avoiding eggs completely.

What is the proper storage for leftovers?

Cover the pie plate or deep-dish pie pan with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to three days.

How much pudding should I use in the filling?

I use a 3.5 ounce box and a 5 ounce box mixed together.

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Other Lemon Recipes You Will Love

If you love the taste of lemons like we do, make sure to check out our other lemon recipes! From lemonade to pizza – you can put lemons on anything if you believe in yourself!

How to Make Creamy Lemon Pie

Creamy Lemon Pie surrounded by lemon slices

Creamy Lemon Pie

5 from 12 votes
This Creamy Lemon Pie is packed full of tart, lemon flavor and creamy goodness. This recipe is super easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigeration 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8



  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • 1 3/4 cup milk cold, 2% or whole
  • 8 ounces vanilla instant pudding
  • 1/2 can frozen lemonade concentrate thawed
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed
  • lemon slices for garnish


  • In a large mixing bowl, add milk and then pudding mix. Whisk for 30 seconds.
  • Add frozen lemonade concentrate and whisk for 30 seconds.
  • Fold in Cool Whip.
  • Pour into prepared pie crust. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and enjoy!


  • Use whole or 2% milk so it sets up correctly.
  • Use half of a 15 ounce can of lemonade concentrate (or about six ounces).
  • If you can’t find an 8-ounce package of vanilla pudding, use a combination of a 3.5 ounce and 5 ounce packet.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 325mgPotassium: 150mgFiber: 1gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 136IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am so excited about this recipe! Most homemade lemon recipes have that metallic taste and this tastes just like the frozen version my family loves!
    I am wondering if I find a limeade will I get the key lime version I love as well!
    This is a keeper! I also just froze the other half of lemonade and saved the rest of the dry pudding for the next one!

  2. 5 stars
    This was a bite of spring on my fork! Love the creamy, dreamy, lemony goodness. The whole family gave it two thumbs up!

  3. 5 stars
    I have made the key lime pie and it is heavenly. I share my goodies with my friends, and they all love them and they ask for the recipe every time.

    1. They usually come in 12 oz cans, and the recipe calls for half a can – so 6oz. Hope this helps!

      1. The pudding mixes I’ve found are 3.5 oz or 5ish oz. Do you just use a combo of those? I just don’t want to use too much pudding!

    1. Oooh that sounds delish! You’re totally right – the more lemon, the better! Let us know if you try it!