Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than lemonade? It’s tart, sweet, thirst-quenching (and I swear it cools body temperature) all at once. I love it!
That made this recipe an easy choice: a no-bake pie with the flavors of lemonade. This is another super-easy pie that requires very few ingredients, and the result looks like you labored from dusk til dawn. Note: While this is not a labor-intensive recipe, planning ahead is essential since preparation for this cool confection includes four hours of defrost time for the Cool Whip (I ALWAYS forget this step) and four more hours of freezer time for the assembled pie.
The ingredient list like the preparation is simple: frozen lemonade concentrate, sweetened condensed milk, a little lemon zest and Cool Whip.
A quick note about the ingredients: this fits a 9-inch pie. If buying a pre-made crust (like I did) it is the larger (9 oz.) size, described as “2 extra servings.” Also, the amount of frozen lemonade needed is 6 ounces. Lemonade concentrate used to be sold in this size, but all I ever see these days is the 12-ounce size. Solution? Either double everything and make two pies, or save half the can for something else, like, lemonade maybe? 😀
I used “light” Cool Whip for this and loved it. Although I’ve yet to try it, I think a truly low-fat version could be achieved using fat-free Cool Whip and fat free sweetened condensed milk. I commonly see the fat-free Cool Whip but fat-free sweetened condensed milk is not always as easy for me to find.
Stir the ingredients and pour into a prepared graham cracker crust. Freeze for 4 hours and it’s good to go!
What I also like is that this pie never freezes solid. It stays creamy and easy to cut and serve no matter how long it’s left in the freezer. Or maybe I should say, up to 3 days because that’s the longest this has ever lasted in my house!
What a cool treat! (Note: To be consumed with a fork, not a straw…)
- 6 oz frozen lemonade concentrate thawed
- 8 oz frozen whipped topping Cool Whip, thawed
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 prepared graham cracker crust 9 inch, 2 extra serving size
- In a large bowl, mix the lemonade, sweetened condensed milk and lemon zest. Stir in whipped topping.
- Pour filling into the prepared crust.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours until firm.