The Easiest Lemon Pudding Pie

Hey y’all! I’m back with another easy recipe–Lemon Pudding Pie. This is a delicious triple-layer pie that only requires 8 minutes in the oven. The crust is the only thing that needs to bake. This pie takes about 15 minutes of prep work and a few hours to chill! Perfect for those hot summer months.

This past weekend, I was craving lemon pie. Nothing else would satisfy my craving except some lemon pudding pie. So, what’s a girl to do? She makes a lemon pudding pie, of course.

Don’t Just Make One–Make Two Lemon Pies!

And I didn’t just make one lemon pie –I made two. Yes, two pies. See, I know my family, and I knew that one pie just wouldn’t do. The first pie would be gone by the end of the day, and they would be asking for another. Just thinking ahead! 🙂

The Easiest Lemon Pudding Pie
The Easiest Lemon Pudding Pie

What is Lemon Pudding Pie?

This pie may look time-consuming at first glance, but it’s really relatively easy. The three layers come together rather quickly-graham cracker crust, lemon pudding filling, and cream cheese cool whip topping. The pie is creamy and light. I’m not a meringue fan, but I am a cool whip fan and that’s what I use in this recipe.

Lemon Pudding Pie is famous here in the south. But, it’s especially popular to eat during the spring and the hot summer months.  It gets hot here in Alabama. I mean, hot! People don’t like to cut their ovens on much during the summer months. This pie is perfect for the hot months. The crust needs to be baked for 8 minutes. Only 8 minutes! That’s it—no more baking required!

lemon pudding pie
Lemon Pudding Pie

Lemon Pudding Pie is great for a potluck, bbq, family gathering, or holiday. It usually ends up on our table at Easter and many times during the summer. It is a cool and refreshing dessert.

** This pie is also great in the morning for breakfast! 😉 Just saying!! 🙂

Ingredients for Lemon Pie

With just a few ingredients, you can have a delicious pie in your refrigerator in no time.
Graham Crackers
Butter
Sugar
Cream Cheese
Lemon Instant Pudding Mix
Milk
Cool Whip

How to Make Homemade Lemon Pudding Pie

First: Make the Crust. 

1. Crush graham crackers to crumbs in a food processor or beat in a zip-top bag. 

      2. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1/3 cup sugar. 

      3. Mix until well blended. 

      4. Press into a greased 8.5″ x 11″ baking dish—Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool completely.

Next: Make the Filling. 

1. In a stand mixer, cream (8 ounces) cream cheese until smooth. 

2. Sprinkle in the pudding mix until blended with the cream cheese. 

3. Slowly add milk. Blend until smooth. 

4. Let stand for about 5 minutes to thicken. 

5. Pour over crust.

 

Then: Make the Topping.

1. In a stand mixer, beat (8 ounces) cream cheese until smooth.

2. Add 1/3 cup sugar and mix until combined.

 3. Fold in Cool Whip.

4. Gently spread on top of the pudding layer.

5. Refrigerate for 6-8 hours or overnight.

Finally: Let Chill. 

Waiting on this pie to set will take some will power. It needs to be refrigerated for at least 6-8 hours or overnight. I did sneak a little corner piece 2 hours after I made it, and it was fine. But, it really did need a little extra time to set. So, wait! It will be so worth it.

Tips for Easy Lemon Pudding Pie

This pie needs at least 6-8 hours in the refrigerator.
You will need 2 boxes of the instant pudding mix. Follow the directions in this recipe NOT on the box.
Don’t go sugar-free with the instant pudding. Get the good stuff.
Use whole milk.

If you love lemon desserts, check out my Glazed Lemon Blossoms. They are the perfect bite-sized cakes bursting with lemon flavor.

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake is a show stopping dessert. It is a perfectly moist, lemony cake with sweet juicy blueberries. 

Be sure to try my Carrot Cake for your next gathering. There will not be a bite left. This is my most requested dessert for our family gatherings.

If you are looking for something with a little chocolate, try Milk and Cookie Oreo Dessert. It is also family approved!

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Lemon Pudding Pie

The Easiest Lemon Pudding Pie

Gina Abernathy
A triple layer lemon pie that is a cool and delicious dessert perfect for the summer months. Great for barbecues, potlucks, family gatherings and holidays.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 10 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 8oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 3.4 ounce boxes lemon instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip

Instructions
 

  • Crust: In a food processor, blend graham crackers until crackers are crumbs. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1/3 cup sugar. Mix until well blended. Press into a greased 8.5" x 11" baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
  • Filling: In a stand mixer, cream (8 ounces) cream cheese until smooth. Sprinkle in the pudding mix until blend with the cream cheese. Slowly add milk. Blend until smooth. Let stand for about 5 minutes to thicken. Pour over crust.
  • Topping: In a stand mixer, beat (8 ounces) cream cheese until smooth. Add 1/3 cup sugar and mix until combined. Fold in Cool Whip. Gently spread on top of the pudding layer. Refrigerate for 6-8 hours or overnight.
Keyword Dessert, instant pudding,, lemon pie

21 Comments

  1. This Lemon Pie recipe will be perfect for my family. We are in the south too, in Georgia, and avoid using our oven in the summer.

  2. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! I live in Arizona; it’s so hot here, so this recipe is perfect. I have never made a homemade lemon pie before, so I am so excited. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I love lemon pies! I haven’t had a pudding pie since my mother-in-law was alive, and I always liked them then. This one looks so easy and quick! Thanks for all the helpful tips on how to make it a success. Definitely trying.

  4. 5 stars
    This right here is super dangerous! I love all things lemon, and this looks easy enough for this non baker right here to make. Which means I will be whipping this up on a regular basis. So while my scale is not going to thank you, my heart surely does!

  5. Yum! I would definitely make two of these as well!! My husband would eat one to himself, I’m sure. I love lemon though so I’d need at least a slice!

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