Lemon Ice Box Pie with Pecan Graham Cracker Crust

Who loves anything (and everything) lemon? I do! I’m crazy for a lemon icebox pie with a pecan graham cracker crust. Ooh-la-la! The perfect dessert following summertime outdoor grilling.

  • Prep Time:25m
  • Cook Time:30m
  • Total Time:55m

Ingredients

Pecan Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (6 whole rectangle cracker sheets or 12 small square crackers)
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)

Lemon Pie Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (5-6 lemons)
  • zest of 2 lemons

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Pecan Graham Cracker Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add graham crackers and pecans to the food processor and pulse until coarsely ground.
  3. Add brown sugar and melted butter and continue to process until finely ground and completely combined.
  4. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9" pie dish. Press until compact, using your fingers as an edge guide.
  5. Bake crust at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. (If crust puffs up, press down with the back of a measuring cup.)

Lemon Pie Filling

  1. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until soft.
  2. Add Milk.
  3. Add vanilla and lemon juice beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Pour into prepared and cooled pie crust.
  5. Refrigerate 4 hours or more.
  6. Once chilled, top with whipped cream and lemon zest, serve and enjoy!

Homemade Whipped Cream

  1. Place your mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator or freezer for about 10-15 minutes to chill.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Start mixing on low speed, then increase the speed to medium-high until soft or stiff peaks form.