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Creamy Lemon Pie

Unbelievably creamy lemon pie with only 3 ingredients in the filling!! Easy recipe on

I wasn’t going to post this recipe because it’s extremely similar to the key lime pie recipe I shared a couple months ago. It’s the same recipe but with lemon flavor, though I did alter it slightly to make up for the different juice. And the crust is made with toasty almonds instead of macadamia nuts. It’s pretty! And creamy!

And for as much as I love lemon desserts, it’s about time I post a lemon pie recipe on my blog. This is my favorite lemon pie recipe, no questions asked. So yes, it deserves its own post. ♥ ♥ ♥

Unbelievably creamy lemon pie with only 3 ingredients in the filling!! Easy recipe on

Before I forget: thank you everyone who tuned into my chocolate zucchini cake (as cupcakes!) video yesterday. I was LIVE on both Instagram and Facebook and we’re trying to upload it to my YouTube channel if you don’t have either social media. Stay tuned for that.

But let’s discuss this unbelievably creamy lemon pie. A chilled dessert that’ll surely keep you cool this summer. One slice certainly doesn’t compare to cooling off in an actual pool– and I’m 110% jealous of any of you who have a pool. (Can I come over? I’ll bring lemon pie.) But is this a summertime sweet or what?! I love that it’s chilled– the perfect finishing touch to any flamin’ hot meal served off the grill. Embracing summer one lemon pie at a time.

3 Parts

  • 4 ingredient toasty almond graham cracker crust
  • 3 ingredient filling (yes, only THREE!)
  • fun toppings like whipped cream, meringue, almonds, lemon slices, the works!

The crust combines whole salty almonds, graham crackers, sugar, and a little melted butter to bring it all together.

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Process the nuts + grahams together to break down the nuts (above left) then add the sugar + butter to combine (above right). A food processor does the trick!

I recommend using salted almonds to pair with the sweet/tangy lemon filling. The crust won’t taste super salty because there’s sugar in there as well, but it’ll have this super faint salted flavor. I guarantee you’ll only want to make graham cracker crust this way from now on. And I looooove how buttery and thick it is!

You’ll pre-bake the crust for only about 8 minutes, then pour the filling right in. No need to let it cool down.

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Simply whisk the following together for the filling:

sweetened condensed milk for sweetness and creaminess
lemon juice for flavor
egg yolks for structure

I had to reduce the lemon juice from 1 cup to 3/4 cup. This boggles my mind as you would think it’d be an easy swap from lime to lemon. The lemon wouldn’t set up with 1 whole cup! I tried twice. Frustration ensued. Tears over lemon pie. I’m not exaggerating; 30 weeks pregnant and I’m an emotional freakazoid.

But those are the only ingredients you’ll need for the lemon filling. Simple sunshine, let’s call it. And, like I said, you won’t believe how creamy things turn out!

Unbelievably creamy lemon pie with only 3 ingredients in the filling!! Easy recipe on

Unbelievably creamy lemon pie with only 3 ingredients in the filling!! Easy recipe on

Not only are there only 7 ingredients needed, we have a super quick pie on our hands. Only 20 minutes or so. The real waiting game (torture) comes afterwards when it has to cool down then chill in the fridge. I like it super cold, so I make it a day ahead of time and chill overnight. But you can get away with only 1 hour in the fridge after it has completely cooled at room temperature.

For decor, get creative! I used the #30 Ateco Closed Star to pipe homemade whipped cream on top. You’ll have leftover egg whites, so you can make a meringue topping instead. A sprinkle of almonds, lemon slices, or zest– or go for the works.

PS: here’s my recipe for whipped cream and here’s my recipe for meringue topping.

Unbelievably creamy lemon pie with only 3 ingredients in the filling!! Easy recipe on

Nicknaming it quick ‘n’ easy sunshine pie 🙂


Creamy Lemon Pie


Graham Cracker Almond Crust

  • 9 (135g) full-sheet graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup (62g) salted almonds (I used roasted)
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons (72g) unsalted butter, melted

Filling + Topping

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans full-fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 4 large egg yolks1
  • garnish: lemon zest, lemon slices, almonds, whipped cream, or meringue topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Make the crust: Using a food processor, pulse the graham crackers and almonds together into crumbs. A few larger pieces of nuts is OK! Pour into a medium bowl and stir in sugar and melted butter until combined. Press tightly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Pre-bake crust for 8 minutes. Leave oven on.
  3. Make the filling: Whisk the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and egg yolks together-- or use an electric mixer. Pour into warm crust.
  4. Bake the pie for 18-21 minutes or until only *slightly* jiggly in the center. You want it mostly set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Once cool, cover and chill for at least 1 hour (and up to 3 days) before serving.
  5. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Make ahead tip: You can prepare and pre-bake the crust up to 2-3 days in advance. Cover and store at room temperature. Likewise, you can mix up the filling up to 2-3 days in advance. Cover and refrigerate, then assemble and bake. Freezes well up to 3 months-- thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes:

  1. What to do with all those egg whites? Here are all my recipes using just egg whites or you can make a meringue topping for the pie.

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Here’s the recipe for key lime pie!


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  1. Yummy!!! This recipe is a keeper. So creamy and boy do we love lemon! Thank You. Can’t wait to make it for company! 

  2. wow this sounds beyond delicious! lemon meringue pie is my absolute favourite but sometimes it’s just too sweet, and this could become my new favourite!!

  3. Sally, I’ve never been able to make a graham cracker crust that doesn’t crumble! This one was not exception (the pie was still amazing, though!). Do you have any tips or tricks? Thanks!

    • Are you packing it down SUPER tight? Like very very tight. A little extra butter would help as well.

      • Dear Katie & Sally
        , what I do is use a potato masher to press crusts down really, really well. If you’ve got one, just press down on the crust as if you were mashing potatoes – I’ve never had a problem with crumbly crusts since! (although I guess it won’t work quite as well up the sides). also, you can get some aggression out 🙂

  4. Have you ever tried avocado pie? It is similar to this and is a summer staple for me! I would love to try it with this almond crust!

    I follow that recipe but usually end up using two avocados!

  5. Hi there Sally – I’ve never responded before today, but I HAD to tell you that I made this pie for a potluck at work, and the raves were amazing. Every person who ate said it was the best pie they had ever tasted! I had to agree. There is something about the tart lemon with the condensed milk that is simply a marriage of two ingredients. And the combination of graham crackers and almonds for the crust was such a delicious change to a regular graham cracker crust. Thank you, this was the best 🙂

    • I’m so glad you and everyone loved this lemon pie! Makes my day to read this, thank you so much for reporting back about it!

  6. Did anyone else find the lemon flavor too subtle and not tart enough?  I was expecting LEMON but it was a lemon.
    This was much too sweet for my taste. 

  7. Sally,
    How long would it bake if you were making minis?

  8. Ok- I’ve been wanting to make this since I saw the post and today it finally happened. OH. MY. CREAMY GOODNESS!!!!! So simple, so quick, and so lemony perfect!!! Move over key lime, there’s a new favourite citrus in town!

  9. I’m confused what you mean by 2 (14 ounce) cans
    Do you mean a total of 28 ounces of condensed milk?

    • Yep! SCM cans are typically sold in 14 ounce quantities (depending where you live in the world), so that is why I word it as such. Thanks for asking!

  10. This looks AMAZING but my husband is lactose intolerant? Is there any reasonable substitute for the sweetened condensed milk? Thanks so much in advance!

    • Unfortunately, Tanya, the SCM is the main ingredient here and without testing any alternatives, I can’t say for sure. So sorry!

  11. Hi! Can I substitute the almonds with additional graham crackers instead?

  12. This pie looked so good I just had to make it. But It’s been in the oven for about 25 mins plus tho and it just doesn’t seem to be setting. Any suggestions?

  13. Made this today with Meyer lemons. Incredible. Had homemade ginger snaps leftover from Christmas so I put them in a small food processor and turned them into crumbs added melted butter and they became the crust. Perfect for a minus 32 winter’s day.  

  14. Hi Sally, I think I want to make this for an upcoming event. Can I replace the almonds with graham crackers?

  15. Hi Sally, my dad’s birthday is coming up and he loves lemon! I think he will really enjoy this. Have you tried this with your flaky pie crust? Would you recommend against that? 

  16. If I needed to make this gluten AND nut free, if I used gf Graham’s & left out the almonds, would that change the flavor? (Ultimately, would leaving out the almonds change it?

  17. Hi Sally, the pie is looking exquisite. I want to try this recipe but without eggs. Can you please recommend any substitue for that??

  18. Hi Sally,
    Do you think I could make this with Meyer lemons? I’ve never used them before and picked some up at Trader Joe’s this weekend. Would I still get the lemon punch, or are the Meyer’s sweeter? Thank you so much for all of your amazing recipes!

    • Hi Sandra, they’re a little sweeter but they’re GREAT in this pie. I’ve since tried it. No other changes to the recipe.

  19. Hi! I had tiny flecks of egg yolk in my filling. Did I do something wrong? I tried to wisk them out. I’ve baked the pie and it’s cooling now but I’m nervous to serve it!

  20. Hi Sally,

    Could I add the meringue from your classic lemon meringue pie recipe to this creamy lemon pie recipe and bake to get the toasty meringue over top?

    • You absolutely can, but I’m worried about baking this filling in the oven. I recommend a kitchen torch if you have one instead.

  21. This was a big winner in our house. We all love lemon meringue pie with graham cracker crust but this one is our new favorite – my son, boyfriend and I unanimously agree! I didn’t have almonds so just used your regular graham cracker crust. Such an easy and amazingly delicious pie. It’s less sweet than a lemon meringue so we love it!

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