Lime Icebox Pie: An easy no bake dessert.

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3 minutes
March 13, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe
Lime Icebox Pie - You will love this no-bake dessert any time of year!

In the eternal pie vs. cake debate, I have long chosen cake (although this lime icebox pie recipe might make me change teams). The Pants, on the other hand, has always picked pie as his favorite. He will certainly eat cake if it’s offered to him, but given the choice, he will always choose pie. His favorite is key lime pie, which is why I tried this recipe. Turns out, I loved it at least as much as he did, and both kids really liked it too. This no-bake lime pie is perfect for warm weather. It’s cool, tart and refreshing, AND you don’t have to turn on the oven to make it! If you want to save time, you can use Cool Whip instead of real whipped cream on top, but the whipped cream held up great for a few days and was REALLLLLY good! Adapted from No Bake Key Lime Mini Pies by Real Mom Kitchen.

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Lime Icebox Pie - You will love this no-bake dessert any time of year!

Lime Icebox Pie

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This no-bake lime pie is perfect for warm weather because it’s refreshing and doesn’t heat up the house with the oven!

  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x





  1. Combine cream cheese, condensed milk, and 1/4 c. lime juice on medium speed with an electric mixer until combined well.
  2. Heat 1/4 c. lime juice in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until steaming hot. Add gelatin, and stir until dissolved. Turn mixer back on, and drizzle warm juice/gelatin mixture in slowly until thoroughly incorporated.
  3. Pour cream cheese mixture into prepared pie crust, cover with plastic, and chill for 3-4 hours.
  4. Before serving pie, using the wire whisk attachment of your mixer, mix whipping cream on medium-high speed until it starts to thicken. Add powdered sugar, and continue mixing until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream over the top of the pie, and serve.



This pie will keep in refrigerator at least 3 days (if you actually have leftovers). To save time, you can substitute Cool Whip for the real whipped cream.

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 240
  • Category: Dessert
Looking for no-bake desserts?  Here's another tasty one to try!
Looking for no-bake desserts? Here’s another tasty one to try!
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


6 years ago

This pie was awful, zero taste of lime. Have re-read recipe many times and did exactly as instructed. Maybe, just maybe if u added more lime juice and lime zest it would help, but as is, don’t waste your $$.

Nisa Homey
11 years ago

Hi Andi, thanks for stopping by and for the lovely inspiration. oh…this looks so yum, pinning this too…I am a sucker for no bake its raining cats and dogs, so booking marking to make when the sun comes out…so glad to follow you..have a blessed day :).

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks for coming over, Nisa! We don’t get much rain during the summer in San Francisco, but we never know if it’s going to be foggy and cold or hot and sunny! Sometimes it’s nice to eat something summery during bad weather to make you feel like it’s a nice day ;)

Julie @ This Gal Cooks
11 years ago

Ooo this looks delicious, Andi! I’ve pinned it and I will be using it in my no bake post!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Julie! I wish foodgawker agreed with you ;)

11 years ago

Mmm – Andi, this is on my list. Perfect for my hot climate and the abundance of limes we have here!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I think you’ll love it! I have never been to Thailand, but I hear it’s amazing. Maybe we’ll get there some day (when our kids are more like human beings and less like wild animals).

Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama
11 years ago

This looks delicious and so easy too! I just may make this soon, but with key lime juice. ;) Yum!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Carrie! It is really easy, and so good! Let me know how you like if it if you give it a try!

11 years ago

Looks refreshing :-) My theory is that guys like pies because their moms made it for them. Nurturing Freudian kind of thing. I rarely make pies and am sure my husband wish I did. For whatever reason, cake wins with me, too. Probably because you can’t frost a pie.

I just got back from lunch with my mom and it’s 75F out. Have 2 1/2 hours until the girlies get home from school and my plan is to make myself one of your Pimm’s cocktails :-) Always appreciate your recipes.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I thought I preferred cake because of the frosting too, but then I realized that I often leave the frosting behind. I think I’m very picky about frosting, wanting just a thin layer of something not too sweet, so I wonder if I’m actually on the cake team after all. Really, I think I like cookies the best!

I’m not sure about your pie theory, but I will have to give it some thought ;)


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