Lemonade Pie

filed under: Pies + Tarts on June 23, 2020

Lemonade Pie is a no-bake dessert that is as delicious and refreshing as a tall glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. For another no-bake dessert, try my No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Cream Pie.

Lemonade Pie

When life gives you lemons, make this Lemonade Pie! Although there are no actual lemons in this recipe, there is plenty of lemon flavor in each bite of this refreshing dessert. An added bonus is that it is a completely no-bake dessert! Who wants to turn on an oven on a hot summer day, which would be the perfect day to enjoy this pie.


One Lemonade Pie in Glass Pie Pan with Lemons Behind It

What Does Lemonade Pie Taste Like?

Simply put, it’s like a slightly sweeter key lime pie. Packs a punch but definitely creamy, smooth, and satisfying!

Lemonade Pie Recipe

There are two parts to this dessert–the shortbread pie crust and the lemonade pie.

Pie Crust Ingredients (full recipe below)

Lemonade Pie Ingredients

  • Evaporated milk
  • Instant lemon pudding
  • Cream cheese (room temperature is important!)
  • Frozen lemonade concentrate

Whole Lemonade Pie with One Piece Missing

Shortbread Pie Crust

Lemonade Pie is as easy to make as it is delicious! It starts with the crust. Melted butter and crushed shortbread cookies are the only two ingredients you need! Make sure you crush the cookies as best you can before adding the butter. I used a food processor to get very fine crumbs, but you could also put them in a zipped plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush the cookies.

When mixing together the ingredients, use a fork to make sure every single cookie crumb is coated in the melted butter. Because we are not baking this crust, the butter will act as the glue in the chilled pie. If some crumbs are not coated with butter, they will fall apart when you try to cut the pie. Press the crust into the bottom of a pie dish and slightly up the sides (optional to go up the sides). You want an even layer of crumbs, so use a kitchen glass or something with a flat bottom to help create a smooth layer.

Fork Cutting into one Piece of Lemonade Pie

How to Make Lemonade Pie

The only hard part about making Lemonade Pie is waiting for it to chill for a few hours after it’s put together. Other than the waiting, it is a piece of cake (oops, I mean pie) to make! First, in a medium bowl, combine the milk and pudding with a hand mixer for about 2-3 minutes, or until thickened.

In a separate bowl, add the cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Slowly add in the frozen lemonade and pudding mixture, continuing to mix on low. Pour that on top of the pie crust and freeze the pie for about four hours before serving. You will have to let it thaw for 15-20 minutes before cutting into the pie.

Serve it with homemade whipped cream (which you could easily make while the pie is chilling). The pie will last up to three days chilled.

How to Make Individual Servings

Simply crush up shortbread cookies and place them in the bottom of the serving cup instead of a pie pan. After testing we found that a thinner layer on the bottom was best. (Which also means you can make more servings!) Then reserve a bit of the shortbread cookie crumbs to sprinkle on top.

One Piece of Lemonade Pie with a Bite Missing and Fork Resting on Plate

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4.75 from 4 votes
Lemonade Pie
Prep Time
10 mins
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins

This no-bake Lemonade Pie is a refreshing summertime dessert!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemonade Pie
Servings: 8
Calories: 332 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
  • 1 box (5.3-6 ounces) shortbread cookies, finely crushed
  • 4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 can (5 ounces)evaporated milk
  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding
  • 2 packages (16 ounces) cream cheese
  • ¾ cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • whipped topping, optional, for topping
  • lemon slice, optional, for garnish
  1. In a large bowl, combine the shortbread cookie crumbs with the melted butter. Pour into an 8-inch pie dish and firmly press to the edges to form a pie crust.

  1. In a medium bowl combine the milk and pudding.

  2. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until thickened (2-3 minutes).

  3. In a separate medium bowl, add cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer until smooth (about 3 minutes).
  4. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the frozen lemonade and the pudding mixture.
  5. Pour into the pie crust. Place pie in the freezer for four hours.

  6. When ready, remove the pie from the freezer and let thaw for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.

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  • Janette Lancaster says:

    This lemonade pudding looks delicious but here in Wales we’re I live I can’t get instant lemon pudding mix or lemonade concentrate, so as much as I would really love to make it,I don’t have any chance at all, but please keep printing your recipes as I just might be able to get the ingredients, thanks

  • Linda Soistman says:

    What if I make this day before the party?
    should I put this in the freezer over night?
    Can i remove it from
    Freezer, and just set it in refregerator?
    I have to much to do the day of the party in the morning. Graduation party.
    Please help.
    I really want to make this ” Lemonade Pie”.
    Party is tomorrow.
    Thank you,
    The pie just looks and sounds so yummy 😋

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      HI Linda… you can definitely make it the day before. Just pop it into the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

  • Linda Soistman says:

    Hi Amanda..thank you for responding so fast.
    I just read your reply. Do you think I made a mistake by putting it in the freezer., just an hour ago. Should I take it out of the freezer?

  • Sadie says:

    So good!! If you are having trouble with it not setting up, you have to really beat the pudding and evaporated milk. It takes a few minutes to get it super thick.

  • janet says:

    Can you use a 9″ pie dish for this recipe? Thank you!

  • Grams says:

    No mention of Graham crackers in the ingredients

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Grams! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. It was made with a shortbread cookie crumb crust (no graham crackers). Sorry for any confusion. Have a great day!

  • Linda Diaz says:

    The pie came out beautifully and I received many compliments on it. Too bad, Im watching my calories BUT not my husband, so he gets to enjoy it.

  • Jeunesse Crane says:

    Homemade lemon pudding mix
    1lb cornstarch
    Eight cups of dry milk powder (nonfat)
    Four cups of sugar
    One teaspoon salt
    One cut-down vanilla bean (don’t take out the seeds)

  • Jeunesse Crane says:

    lemonade concentrate alternative..

    In general, you can replace the juice of one medium lemon with 2 tablespoons of concentrate. A medium lemon, when squeezed, will give you about 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice.

  • Anthony Gray says:

    Every one of your recipes I have run across looks so darn yummy!! My comment is (Well more of a question) do you have a Diabetic solution to the recipes too?

  • Cindy James says:

    Hi! First off, let me say I LOVE your recipes! They few I’ve done have been marvelous.
    So, my question – is this a recipe that will do well doubling? I have a work event (14 people) coming up this month and this is something that would be a hit. I can make 2 separate pies, but would prefer to use my 15×9 pyrex dish.