This EASY Lemon Cream Pie is full of lemon flavor and made with only a few ingredients! An easy-to-prep NO-BAKE lemon pie recipe that comes together in minutes and is so delicious.
I’m a bit on a lemon kick lately! Last week I shared this Easy Lemon Raspberry Cake that is topped with delicious streusel and before that Raspberry Lemon Curd Cupcakes and an Easy Lemon Sheet Cake Recipe. I hope you don’t mind my recent lemon addiction but I love all things lemon so much!
This simple NO-BAKE Lemon Cream Pie will be your new favorite easy-to-whip-up pie! Made with only 6 ingredients and 20 minutes of prep time this pie is not only easy to make but also practically fail-proof.
The smooth and creamy texture is to die for! Mascarpone and sweetened condensed milk make this pie super smooth. I prefer mascarpone cheese over cream cheese for creamy pies or cakes like my Easy Banana Cake Recipe because it is more delicate and has a rich, buttery flavor that’s so delicious.
Making this Lemon Cream Pie takes only a few minutes and that includes making the crust from scratch. No need to buy a premade crust! I promise making this 2-ingredient crust will take you less time than going to the grocery store and buying one.
The crumb crust is then topped with a smooth filling that is so easy to make and doesn’t need to be baked. Perfect for hot summer days where you don’t want to use your oven!
This pie is so refreshing, enjoy it with a glass of chilled lemonade for an extra lemon kick or with a glass of my Tropical White Wine Sangria.
HOW TO MAKE LEMON CREAM PIE
To make this creamy lemon pie you need a 7-inch springform pan and a stand mixer (or hand-held mixer). I like to make this no bake pie in a springform pan because it’s easier to get a clean slice. But you could also use a 9-inch pie pan for this recipe or to make it even easier a premade pie crust.
Start with making the crust. Melt the butter in a small saucepan then add the crumbs and stir until they’ve absorbed all the melted butter and are coated evenly. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. I start with a spatula to spread the crumbs evenly and then use a measuring cup. The crust should be firm and compact. I only make a crust bottom but you can also push the crust against the sides if you like.
While the crust is firming up in the fridge make the filling. Beat the mascarpone cheese to soften it then add the sweetened condensed milk slowly. You don’t want to dump the whole can in there at once or you’ll end up with lumps of mascarpone cheese. Keep mixing and add the heavy whipping cream.
The mixture might look a little bit runny, that’s ok. When you start adding the lemon juice it will start to thicken and get creamy. Pour the filling into the prepared pan and refrigerate the pie for about 4 hours or overnight.
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Easy Lemon Cream Pie Recipe
- 1/4 cup butter, 60g
- 1 1/4 cups crushed graham cracker or digestive biscuits, 160g
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk, 400g
- 8 oz mascarpone cheese, 225g
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, 180ml
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, 120ml, 2-3 large lemons
- Line the bottom and the sides of a 7-inch springform pan with parchment paper or use a 9-inch pie plate.
- For the crust, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the crumbs and stir to coat them.
- Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pan.Use a measuring cup to pat down the crumbs. Refrigerate until the filling is ready.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat mascarpone cheese at low-medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk slowly and beat into mascarpone until smooth and well mixed.
- Add the heavy cream and mix until combined.
- Slowly add the lemon juice to the mixture while beating at low-medium speed. The mixture will start to thicken and gets creamy.
- Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight until firm.
- To make this recipe easier, you can use a prepared graham cracker pie crust. This recipe makes about 3 1/2 cups of filling.
- In the photos, I pressed the crumbs only into the bottom of the pan, this works but I find it easier and a bit more foolproof to press the crumbs in the bottom AND up the sides if using a springform pan.
- I recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice for this recipe. Make sure to use 1/2 cup lemon juice. The lemon juice thickens the filling.
- You can prepare this pie in advance and refrigerate covered overnight. Store leftovers in the fridge. The "Cook time" is the time this pie needs to rest in the refrigerator. There is no actual baking involved in this recipe.
Saundra M Martinez says
I made this with Neufchatel cream cheese, rather than the mascarpone, to lower the calories, and it was yummy. I also coated the top with lemon zest. I wanted to have more lemon flavor. I’ve decided the next one I make, I’ll also mix the zest into the pie filling. My husband loved it.
Suzi Lawson says
I made these last night using a cupcake pan. I topped them with sliced strawberries and whipped cream. They were delicious. I’d post a picture but I don’t see a option to do so.
Hi, I had to share that I made this pie for our Pi Day contest at my work and it won!! I felt kinda bad because it was so darn easy. I shared the recipe and one co-worker is already making it in a sheet cake pan for a church luncheon! I used some pecan sandies in the crust with graham crackers, otherwise followed your recipe. It was a hit! Thank you for sharing it on pinterest so someone like me (not a chef) could find it and win a pie contest!
This is amazing. So easy to make and delicious. Its not too heavy like baked cheesecake can be. Definitely a dessert worth making.
Could you use a 9in pan?
You can use a 9-inch pie pan but not a 9-inch springform pan because it would be too big. – Julia
I have a question about this, too – specifically the parchment paper that’s on the bottom of the pie. Is the pie firm enough to pick it up and peel it from the bottom? Any tips for doing this? Thank you and this recipe looks awesome!
Sorry for my late reply, I just saw your question. I like to use a flexible thin cutting board and slide it between the pie and the parchment paper to transfer it to a cake plate. – Julia
Marcia Hendrie says
I have made and love this pie, however I have an abundance of apples. Could I saute and thicken them for a topping or would it not taste good with the lemon?
I’m so happy to hear you love my recipe, Marcia! While I think a sauteed apple topping sounds delicious I don’t think it would be a good fit for this lemon cream pie. But if you have an abundance of apples I can recommend my Apple Streusel Cake, you need 5 apples for this recipe :-) – Julia
What is the sugar content of this pie. But it looks great.
Hi Gayle, I’m sorry but I don’t have the nutritional information for this recipe. You could use a calculator like this one to find out the sugar content. – Julia
Antonia Cardenas says
I want to try your recipe but can’t find mascarpone. How much cream cheese would you use?
Just use the same amount of cream cheese. I sometimes make it with cream cheese and it tastes great too! :-) -Julia
Phyllis Kipp says
Is it necessary to use stand up mixer with flat paddle? What would you recommend for a substitute? I do not have that mixer. Only a hand mixer and wooden spoon,
A hand mixer works too! :-)
Hi this looks fabulous!! We don’t need gelatin for the filling?
No, you don’t need any gelatin for the filling :-) The lemon juice thickens the filling. – Julia
Does it work with lime juice also?
I just had a slice of the lemon pie after only 3 1/2 hours and couldn’t wait longer. It’s very delicious! I will probably try it with lime since I like Key Lime Pie – guess I should get those kind of limes.
Please tell me how to remove the parchment paper when the cake is done Thank You
Hi Joan, you can just peel it off when you take the pie out of the fridge. I never had problems removing it as long as the pie was long enough in the fridge and is fully set. – Julia
I only have a 9″ springform pan– will the measurements for the ingredients still work or do I need to add a little more? Thank you!
The pie will probably come out flatter so I would use 1.5 times the amount of ingredients and refrigerate overnight to make sure it firms up completely. You could also make this recipe in a normal 8 or 9-inch pie dish but then I would use the normal amount of ingredients. – Julia
Thank you so much! I like the springform pan – because it looks fancier! Lol
Did you make a whipped cream to decorate it?
Julie Kellam (Food Stylist) says
Yes but put a stabilizer in it plus a little powdered sugar and vanilla
I add a little lemon zest to the pie.
Larry Webb says
Do you have a recipe that’s simple like this for a key lime pie?
I’d recommend simply substituting the lemon juice for lime juice!
Hi, im not sure what heavy whipping cream is. I purchased whipping cream today to make this but its quite runny. Should i whip it before adding it in? Or should i purchase ‘thickened cream’ instead? Or add gelatine?
Hi Bas, the difference between heavy whipping cream (sometimes it’s also called heavy cream) and whipping cream is the fat content. Heavy (whipping) cream has 36% and Whipping Cream has 30%. The whipping cream should work fine, no need to whip it up before adding it to the mixture. Just make sure you use the right amount of lemon juice because the lemon juice thickens the mixture. Let me know if you have any other questions, I’m happy to help! – Julia
Thank you so much!
Hi Julia! May I know the reason for using condensed milk? Can it substituted with anything else? Thanks!
Julia Foerster says
Hi Tess, the sweetened condensed milk is essential in this recipe so there is no substitution that would give you the same result. Homemade sweetened condensed milk could work but I haven’t tried that myself.
Is cream cheese a good substitute for the marscapone?
Yes, you can use cream cheese instead of mascarpone. I like to use mascarpone because it tastes not as tangy as cream cheese. – Julia
I’ve made this pie twice. The first time it was creamy and delicious. The 2nd time the mascarpone wouldn’t whip up creamy and the pie was gritty but still tasted ok. What happened?
Did you use the same brand of mascarpone the 2nd time? Was it colder than the last time? I can only speculate what went wrong the 2nd time.
It was the same brand but it was slightly warmer. Should it be cold or room temperature?
Just made this our again. Came out perfectly. Key was to keep the mascarpone cold until ready to assemble. Thanks again.
Saundra M Martinez says
I use Neufchatel and it tastes out of this world, and less fat too.
Kelly | Maverick Baking says
This looks utterly wonderful! Creamy lemon desserts are my favourite part of the spring/summer seasons, especially when they don’t even involve switching on the oven! You’re right about mascarpone too, so underrated in the world of soft cheese. Thanks for the recipe!
No bake pie…I’m in! And pinning this for later. It looks scrumptious!