Lemon Pie Recipe

Super Easy Lemon Pie Recipe

I have been making this recipe for 40 years, and when you see the ingredients I know you’re going to think that it doesn’t work. But it does and this is all it takes!

Easy Lemon Pie Recipe #recipe

The Recipe

I squeezed mine the old fashioned way, with this little do-dad!

Lemon juice poured in to the bowl over the sweetened condensed milk.

Stir well, it is already starting to thicken :)

Pour in to the pie crust and refrigerate to chill.

Add lemons and cool whip to garnish!

Easy Lemon Pie #recipe

The Copycat

And then I did this:

Better Homes and Gardens did this:

The Confession

I was supposed to paint my half bath, and then report my progress in a blog post on July 30th~today.  I didn’t do it.  I have been so busy.  With the wedding, thrifting (more about Thrifting Day later this week) and trying to get furniture ready for my 2nd location at Two Women and A Warehouse <—click and like them on FB and when you’re in Savannah, stop in and buy something.  Here’s my space in Pooler…here.

I promise I am going to paint that bathroom!

Really I am!

Please go visit these ladies, they are working on projects like they’re supposed to.  They are focused, unlike me!


Please check out what everyone else is doing :)

Amy @ Buffalo Roam, Dana @ Crafted Niche, Jaime @ Crafty Scrappy Happy, Heidi @ Décor & More, Tisha @ Delectable Home, Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage, Kirby @ Kirb Appeal, Holly @ Life as a Thrifter, Cassie @ Primitive & Proper, Debbie @ ReFresh ReStyle, Jessica @ Stay At Home-ista, Karah @ the space between, Laura @ Top This Top That and Kelly @ View Along the Way.


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  1. says

    Oh Debbie this is awesome! Looks so refreshing. Who would think? I love it. Pinning now. Are you using this for the copy cat party on Wednesday?:)

  2. says

    Really the Lemon Pie is that easy??? I will be trying this asap. It’s summer painting the bathroom is a good winter project! Don’t worry about it I bet it isn’t going anywhere. Can’t wait to see all this thrifting.

  3. says

    Debbie, that pie is amazingly simple and so pretty! Thank you for sharing the recipe. And I love your “Magazine cover”. That is great!

  4. says

    I don’t think I should make that pie because I know I would eat the whole thing!
    And now I know I’m in good company when I’m finding my summer so FULL !
    One day at a time. A Blessed Life, Doing the Best we Can!
    Have a great week,

  5. says

    Was that today… yeah. I’m fired. I don’t do deadlines… I guess I should have opted out of this one… I suck. LOL

    You on the other hand, made a PIE :) It looks loverly 😉 I can almost taste the tart lemon. YUM!!!!! And that magazine photo is brilliant… I would like to COPY that!

  6. says

    oh…my….YUM!!!!!! Lemon desserts are my ALL TIME favorite desserts!! I used to make lemon pies when I was preggo because it was the only thing I could eat all day with out UP CHUCKING with morning sickness. I have never seen a recipe this easy before!! I will def. have to try it.
    You and I both need to SLLLLOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW down…:) I can’t believe how everything moves so fast in the summer.
    Great copy cat.

  7. says

    oh and did I mention how much “i hate” that you are so DANG good at vingettes. I can’t believe the picture of your pie isn’t really a magazine cover.

  8. Gee Singh Newbanks says

    I luv your faux magazine covers. I will have to learn how to do that!!
    Now you have me longing for lemon pie. Drooling here, and all I have in the house that is sweet is Breyer’s Blast Snickers Ice Cream and marshmallows 😮
    PS The same lemon juice ( or lemon and orange ) plus the condensed mild makes a Fab filling between layers of heavenly pound cake. Chill for at least 4 hours. Top with freshly whipped cream … sigh. I have to stop thinking food!

  9. says

    Please give yourself a brake! Seriously, you had a wedding {Congrats to Stephanie & Griffin!}, a thrifting ‘mission’, painting furniture to stock your SECOND shop… I get tired just looking at that list! Don’t burn yourself out.
    Your Friend,

  10. says

    You’ve just got to be kidding! It’s that simple? I am definitely pinning this and making it for my husband, who loves lemon pie in a big way.

  11. says

    I Love how you made it look just like the cover of a magazine. Just darling. My favorite pie is lemon, I can’t wait to give this recipe a try:) Dropping by from Debbies CCC.

  12. says

    I am all about easy recipes these days! Your pie copy cat looks just like BH&G’s cover….*awesome* 😀

    I know what you mean about projects….I am in the middle of redecorating two rooms upstairs, plus we are moving our daughter into her college apartment on Saturday and Sunday! :/

    Linking from Debbiedoo’s,
    Ricki Jill

  13. says

    Anything with sweetened condensed milk is a favorite of mine. I could eat it straight out of the can.

    Love, love, love your copycat. It is spot on. Your use of the typography inspired me to do the same on my copycat challenge entry.

  14. says

    Ah! I copied the cover from the month before and I’m so glad you did this one! I’m going to make your recipe because I love lemon. Super copy!

  15. says

    How can you have been making this pie for 40 years when you don’t look 40? Were you making it in the womb? Can’t wait to try this! I found it on Pinterest (of course! :-) Thanks, Debbie!

  16. says

    Make a variation of the same pie; however, I use one can of the lowfat sweetened condensed milk & fold in an 8 oz container of the sugar free cool whip and a packet of lemonade koolaid (you can use any flavor you want…try orange!) and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy

  17. Pdickson says

    My mother made this when I was young, and I have been making this for about 40 years too. The only exception is that we only used one can of condensed and the lemon was added to your taste. It does thicken and taste so good and rich!

  18. Stephanie says

    In the fridge at this very moment!! I sneaked a taste of the filling before I poured it into the pie crust. MMMMMM MMMMMM. I had to make my own pie crust because I am living overseas in the middle of the desert (teaching) and well, this tiny little town doesn’t bake pies on the regular, so crunching the UAE’s equivalent of graham crackers and making the crust made it a bit longer of a step, but the entire recipe was still insanely simple and fast. Thanks for posting. Can’t wait to cut into it!

  19. Celia Bain says

    This recipe has been in my family for over 60 years. My Mother made it many times and I’ve carried the tradition for at least 50 years. Our pie differs slightly in that when it sets up, we sprinkle on a can of fruit cocktail, drained. Also, a little whipped cream on the top never hurts. Actually, it cuts the sweetness just enough to allow you to eat as much as you want.

  20. says

    I’ve never heard of this before, but you know what I have a condensed milk in the pantry and I can try it out, I love anything lemon, thanks for sharing, it sounds really delicious.

  21. Stargazer says

    The recipe doesn’t specify what size can for the sweetened condensed milk. The small can, or the large one?

  22. Lauren says

    I was a little worried when I mixed it together and tasted it…all I could taste was the sweetened condensed milk. But I let it chill overnight and the next day when I tried it, it was delicious. I love practically anything lemon and this has become my new favorite pie! :)

  23. Nichole S. says

    I actually have my pie chilling in the fridge as I’m typing this! I cheated and used the bottled lemon juice. We had some leftover lemon juice that we froze a while back (we had a HUGE haul of freshly grown lemons from our fruit trees last year) but it ended up with a freezer burn taste. Yuck. But I do have to admit, even though I used the bottled stuff, the filling still tastes extremely good! Thanks so much for the easy recipe!

  24. Kay Fung says

    Just finished making this pie. I take a small can of evaporated milk that has been chilled for at least 24 hours and whip this until it peaks. Next add sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Blend it all on low speed mixer. Pour into graham cracker crust and chill. I put a few graham cracker crumbs on top of the pie. Pie using whipped evaporated milk is vert light and great summertime dessert.

    • says

      Thanks Karen, I love this recipe for several reasons! One it reminds me of my childhood and two, it tastes so good!
      love ya,


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