4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie

Lemon Icebox Pie (also called Lemon Icebox Delight) comes in as my number one Spring and Summer dessert. Tart lemon juice and a creamy center make this a dessert that is hard to resist. When life gives you lemons, make a lemon pie! 🙂 A Southern Classic.

Four-layer Lemon Icebox Pie is light and fluffy and has the most delicious crust of all pies. It’s super easy to make and will feed a crowd. This is perfect for holidays, gatherings, cookouts, or family reunions. Made with cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, cool whip, and fresh lemon juice.

This recipe is from my Mother-in-law’s recipe file. I know she started making this pie 20 years ago for her family. When she passed several years ago, I found her recipe and just recently started making this pie again. This pie brings back great memories!

4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie
4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie

Lemon Icebox Pie has four layers, and this pie couldn’t be easier to make. The crust is made with melted butter, flour, and nuts. It’s simple, crunchy, and very satisfying. The crust will need to cool before the layering begins, so plan a little extra time for this step.

The creamy filling requires some lemon squeezing and a little mixing. This Easy Lemon Pie with sweetened condensed milk is not overly sweet and has just the right amount of tartness from the lemons. In my opinion, the perfect combination. That’s pretty much it! Just some mixing and layering.

What is Lemon Icebox Pie?

Lemon Icebox Pie (also called Lemon Icebox Delight) is just simply a dessert consisting of  lemon juice, sweetened condensed milk, other yummy ingredients, and poured over a crust that is kept in the refrigerator. You talk about good– there is nothing better than a bite of cold pie on a hot day.

4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie
4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie

Ingredients Needed for Layered Lemon Icebox Pie

butter

flour

pecans

cream cheese

sugar

Cool Whip

sweetened condensed milk

lemon juice

How to Make 4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie

Layer 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter. In a bowl, mix the butter, flour, and pecans. Spread in a 13″ X 9″ casserole dish and press down with your fingers making sure to cover the bottom of the dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely.

Layer 2: With a mixer, mix the cream cheese and sugar. Fold in Cool Whip and spread over the crust.

Layer 3: With a mixer, mix the sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Spread over the cream cheese layer.

Layer 4: Spread the rest of the Cool Whip over the top of the pie. Refrigerate for several hour or overnight before serving.

4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie
4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie

Tips for the Perfect Southern Layered Lemon Icebox Pie

*Allow the crust to cool completely before adding the other layers.
*This pie will keep easily in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
*You can make this pie in advance, and it will hold up well in the refrigerator. Just wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
*Use fresh lemon juice.
*This pie is perfect for a cookout, family reunion, church gathering, or for a weekend treat for your family.

*You can substitute powdered sugar for regular sugar.

4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie
4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie

Is this Dessert Just for the Summer Months?

No, absolutely not. 4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie can be served year-round.
This is a great creamy dessert for holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yes, we all need delicious desserts for the holidays.

For more desserts, check out some of the most delicious recipes to serve your favorite people.

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake is another delicious dessert. Great for feeding a crowd. 

Lemon Pudding Pie–This is a delicious triple-layer pie that only requires 8 minutes in the oven. 

Glazed Lemon Blossoms are irresistible bites of cake bursting with lemon flavor. These are great mini cakes for showers, parties, or birthdays. 

If you are interested in a recipe using frozen lemonade concentrate, click this recipe for an easy dessert. 

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4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie

4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie

Gina Abernathy
Tart lemon juice and a creamy center make this a dessert that is hard to resist. When life gives you lemons, make a lemon pie! 🙂 A Southern Classic.
5 from 11 votes
Cook Time 25 mins
Refrigerate for several hours or overnight to allow the pie to set up and chill. 4 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

Layer 1

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Layer 2

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed

Layer 3

  • 2 14 ounce cans Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Layer 4

  • 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed

Instructions
 

  • Layer 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter. In a bowl, mix the butter, flour, and pecans. Spread in a 13" X 9" casserole dish and press down with your fingers making sure to cover the bottom of the dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  • Layer 2: With a mixer, mix the cream cheese and sugar. Fold in Cool Whip and spread over the crust.
  • Layer 3: With a mixer, mix the sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Spread over the cream cheese layer.
  • Layer 4: Spread the rest of the Cool Whip over the top of the pie. Refrigerate for several hour or overnight before serving.
Keyword 4 Layer Lemon Icebox Pie

16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Yum! I’ve never had this type of pie before, but it looks amazing. I love lemon pies, so I know for sure I am going to love this. Plus, you always make the best recipes, so I cannot wait to try this!
    Thanks for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    My mom makes something similar called lemon lush, and it’s served in a 13 by 9 inch cake pan. The ingredients look about the same, and it’s delicious. I’m sure your version is as well. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks really good! My husband especially loves lemon desserts so I’m sure he would absolutely love this 4 layer lemon icebox pie. It looks nice and easy to make, so I will have to give it a try. I bet it would be a refreshing treat on a warm summer day.

  4. 5 stars
    I already know from the ingredient list and your photos I need this icebox cake in my life!! I love anything make with lemon and cream so sign me up!

  5. 5 stars
    I love lemon desserts in the summer. This lemon icebox pie sounds wonderful especially with pecans in the crust! It’s such a simple recipe– I have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing your family recipe. This may become a favorite at my home, too.

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