Lemon Cream Pie

This lemon cream pie is magnificent and glorious and refreshing and creamy and perfect and you should just make it. Ok?

Lemon Cream Pie

Oh, you want me to say a bit more about it? To tell you that the luscious lemon flavor is perfectly balanced with the creamy sweetness? And that, despite a a baking-cooling-baking session, it is the easiest pie in the world to put together? And that if left alone with no onlookers, I very well could have eaten the entire thing? Yep, all of that, too.

I haven’t met very many desserts with buttery graham crusts that have failed to woo me (the jello and carrots in a graham shell experience was a bit sketchy, I’ll admit) and this is no exception. Utter summer perfection in dessert form.

Lemon Cream Pie

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Lemon Cream Pie

Yield: Serves 6-8

Lemon Cream Pie

The crust and pie combo can be made and refrigerated for up to 24 hours in advance (but don't top the pie with the whipped cream until ready to serve or less than an hour before serving).

Ingredients

  • 9 rectangular graham crackers
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 (14-ounce each) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 5-6 lemons)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F making sure one of the racks is in the middle of the oven. Break the graham crackers into pieces and add them to a blender, food processor or ziploc bag and crush (or roll the bag with a rolling pin) until the crackers are finely ground. Mix in the sugar and butter (if using a ziploc bag, transfer the cracker crumbs to a bowl before adding ingredients).
  2. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake the crust for 12-14 minutes, until it is just beginning to brown. Cool the crust completely on wire rack.
  3. Once the crust is cool, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Measure out 3 tablespoons of the sweetened condensed milk and set aside in a small container (it will be used later). Whisk the remaining condensed milk with the egg yolks until smooth. Slowly whisk in the lemon juice. Pour the filling into the cooled crust and bake the pie until the edges are just set but the center still jiggles when the pie plate is lightly moved, about 15 minutes.
  5. Let the pie cool completely on a wire rack and then cover and refrigerate until well-chilled and set, about 3 hours or up to 24 hours.
  6. When ready to serve, using an electric stand mixer or handheld mixer, whip the cream, reserved condensed milk and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipped topping over the pie. At this point, the pie could be chilled for up to an hour (any longer and the whipped cream topping can cause the pie to 'weep' and get liquidy). Cut into slices and serve.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/luscious-lemon-cream-pie/

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Cook’s Country June/July 2013 (used salted butter instead of unsalted)

48 Responses to Luscious Lemon Cream Pie

  1. This pie looks amazing! Love the creamy lemon look!

  2. Kim in MD says:

    I love lemon desserts (and lemon anything, really)! With our heat index expected to be 108 degrees, I sadly won’t turn on my oven today, but I am SO making this on Sunday when our temps are in the 80’s!

  3. MelanieL says:

    Lemon is my FAVORITE! This looks so yummy, I can’t wait to try it!

  4. Teresa R. says:

    I love lemon pies in the summer and this one sounds delicious. Thanks!

  5. Jen T says:

    Made your lemon bars, and this also looks divine! Lemon is the perfect summer flavor. Thanks!

  6. Kathy F. says:

    I do believe this will be on our menu for the weekend :)

  7. Oh yes please! Love lemon on a hot day in the summer … and guess what? It’s darn hot today so a lemon pie is in my near future!

  8. Jennifer says:

    My husband’s birthday is in a few days and with his love of lemon, we may be having this pie instead of cake. Thanks!

  9. I looooove lemon! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Kathy says:

    I just found a whole bag of lemons in my fridge. This pie sounds like a good use for them!

  11. Lemon is my most favorite EVER EVER EVER!!!!! This needs to happen.

  12. Sally says:

    I saw this in Cook’s Country and on another blog, too. It sounds delicious. I’d like to try a lime version as well. Lemon and lime are favorite flavors. I like them even better than chocolate!

  13. Jenn in AZ says:

    I’ve made something very similar with lime juice and it turned out wonderful so I’m sure it is great with lemon. Can’t wait to try it.

  14. Now that looks just heavenly, Mel! The perfect light, lemony dessert for dinner parties.

  15. Diana says:

    I am so glad you received my mental pleas for a lemon pie. I have the most beautiful overflowing lemon trees in my backyard and have never successfully in my life made a lemon pie. Last week with your help I made perfect lemon squares but I thought it would be asking too much for you to do a lemon dessert again so soon. I am so glad my telepathic powers have worked and you’ve come through for me again Mel Thanks!

  16. Natalie says:

    This looks delightful. How do you think fat free half and half would work as a sub for whipping cream?

  17. Natalie says:

    Nevermind, it won’t whip up like whipping cream will…..will have to try subbing some lite cool whip.

  18. Tracey says:

    Darn you and all of your delicious pies!! The week of July 4th I already made your sour cream lime pie TWO times! … (per my husband’s request, but I wasn’t complaining). Now I’m gonna have to try this one too! ;)

  19. jenn says:

    Thank you for a lemon pie that does not call for cool whip!! Can’t wait to try this!

  20. bluebaker says:

    Hi Mel-
    A few summers ago, Cracker Barrel had a lemon pie that was heavenly , and I fell in love. But- it was “limited edition”, so when they stopped making it, I tried to recreate it to no avail. Emeril’s icebox lemon pie was close, but not close enough. Yesterday I made your lemon pie, and……
    This. Is. That. Pie!!! The search is over. We had guests over and everyone loved it.
    Thank you so much for all the great recipes.

  21. Natalie says:

    I made this pie yesterday for my parents for babysitting our two crazy boys. They loved it, and so did I! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! Love your blog!

  22. Andreya says:

    The best lemon pie I have ever made! Great recipe! Perfect summer dessert. Once again a tried and true recipe that is great!

  23. Holly W says:

    Made it for Sunday dessert today. My family loved it. It’s a perfect summer dessert. Thanks for another fantastic recipe! (I’m thinking I want to try it with lime juice now!)

  24. Liz says:

    I made this tonight for my family and its the perfect summer treat. We really liked it! I love anything lemon!

  25. grace says:

    i don’t really like key lime pie and though this is similar, i find it much more appealing!

  26. Lydia F says:

    Made this recipe last night for dessert. My husband absolutely loved this ! He said it was fabulous and I agree……. so I had some more for breakfast ……..ooops.

  27. Julie says:

    Mel…I made this pie over the weekend for my parents and it was AWESOME…very lemony, sweet, creamy…it’s was simply delicious. I split open a vanilla bean for the whipped cream part. It was so good…this is a keeper.

  28. sound beacher says:

    I made this to bring to a dinner party over the weekend. It was very delicious and pretty easy to make. I’ll be making it again, for sure. Thanks for all your great summer cooking ideas. I bought the limes to make that pie next!

  29. Stacie says:

    If I didn’t squeeze the lemons myself, I would have thought this was key lime pie. It was phenomenal! I was crying inside when my kids ate the last two pieces (I promised I would save them for them). My husband wasn’t a big fan, but let’s leave him out of this. He doesn’t like lemon bars, so he doesn’t count. :) I can’t wait to make/eat this again! I love that it’s super easy too!

  30. JoAnn says:

    I made this pie for my husband’s birthday dinner tonight. Can’t wait to dig into it! Thanks for all the effort you put into your blog, its definitely my favorite because of all the practical, flavorful dishes.

  31. Megan says:

    First of all, I love every recipe I’ve ever tried from your blog. I hosted book club awhile ago & it was an homage to Mel: I realized that everything I made was from your blog! Alas, this pie did not work out for me :( The crust had way too much butter & not enough graham crackers. Is it supposed to be a typical graham cracker crust? I live in Canada & our graham crackers are different that US brands. Sweetened condensed milk also comes in smaller can so I just measured out 28 oz but it turned out much too sweet & not lemony enough. Where did I go wrong?! I will have to go back to my absolute favorite, Sour Cream Lime Tart. I am asked for that recipe wherever I take the pie. Thanks!!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Megan – sounds like the difference in graham crackers may have made an impact on the outcome. It is a pretty traditional graham cracker crust. Sorry you didn’t love it!

  32. Bonnie says:

    Made this for a friend’s birthday last night; YUM! The texture of the pie is perfect, and the addition of the sweetened condensed milk makes for a nice, thick topping layer. My husband likes his pie extra-lemony so when I make the pie next (probably this weekend!), I will probably add a little zest to the filling. Thanks for a great recipe.

  33. Colette says:

    Absolutely divine!!!

  34. Becca says:

    Could I substitute lime juice for lemon juice?

  35. Now that looks delicious – I have made lemon tarts before but never a pie like this, I’ll make a note of this recipe!

  36. Genevieve says:

    I made it! Delicious!

  37. Joanna says:

    I made this yesterday for dessert with friends. Everyone loved it…delicious!

  38. Jenny says:

    Oh man, what an amazing recipe!! I made it for my Dad’s birthday and we couldn’t stop talking about it as we ate it. It was so incredibly velvety. I used Nestle La Lechera sweetened condensed milk and I think it was much better than the Eagle brand. Yum!!

  39. Deb says:

    Made this last night and it was awesome! Very easy to make, just be sure to allow he time for it to chill. Great tangy sweet flavor!

  40. Bevetly says:

    Looks wonderful can’t wait to try

  41. Kim B. says:

    My boyfriend loves lemon things, so I made him this pie as a surprise. He could not get enough of it! I had never had lemon pie before, but I am now a huge fan. Thanks for the recipe!

  42. Lolalo says:

    I just made this, but since I only had one can of sweetened condensed milk on hand, I halved the recipe and made it in muffin tins to get mini-pies. I want to eat them ALL, but I have limited myself to one. Until after dinner…
    I think this is the recipe I have been searching for. It is like a pie I used to get from a BBQ place back home. SO GOOD! Thank you!

  43. Lily says:

    This was such a delicious pie! I brought it into work and my coworkers couldn’t stop raving about it.

    I made a few adjustments though –
    I only used 1.5 tbsp of sugar and the crust was plenty sweet
    I added in the zest of about 3/4 of a medium size lemon
    I used 5.5 tbsp of butter to make sure the crust stuck together well

    Fantastic recipe!!

  44. john says:

    wow.dont waste your time with lemonade – use the lemons for this pie.simple and easy without all the chemicals a store bought pie has in it.i followed it exactly.i recommend spraying the plate.mine was a bit sticky on the glass.smooth,creamy and got rave reviews because i had to share it.

  45. Kira says:

    This pie won the lemon pie smack down tonight. It went head to head with Martha Stewart’s lemon cream pie (made with sour cream). The judges were my three kids. This pie took the gold for it’s creamy smooth texture and slight vanilla note. This pie is going to be my contribution to this year’s Thanksgiving gatherings. Thank you!

  46. Abby says:

    OHHH boy does this bring back memories !
    My mom started making this when I was little and from then on it was called graham cracker pie by us girls, that was in 1950… oopps gave away my age didn’t I…well I’ve continued to make this & take it everywhere and it has always been a hit. My
    g’ daughters are now making it.
    Thank for sharing it…

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