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. 1
    debbie 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?:)
    debbie recently posted..Thrifting outing for hometalk!

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    cassie says:

    i think the yummy looking pie helps make up for it. :)

  3. 3
    Gina says:

    I don’t know whether to be more amazed by the yummy pie or the copycat! Excellent job. I have got to try that pie!
    Gina recently posted..I’ve been framed!

  4. 4

    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.
    Jordan@the2seasons recently posted..Road Trippin’

  5. 5
    Doreen says:


    That looks so refreshing for these hot summer days! Lemon is my favorite, so I’ve gotta try this soon!


  6. 6
    Ann 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!
    Ann recently posted..The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

  7. 7

    Wow Debby! I love your cover!

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    Bliss says:

    I’ll forgive you for not getting your painting done if I can have a piece of pie.

    Bliss recently posted..Kids Art at the Ranch

  9. 9

    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,
    Deb @Lake Girl Paints recently posted..Drab to Fab in One Weekend

  10. 10

    You always have the BEST copycats! Looks delish, too!
    Pam @ simple details recently posted..effortless styling…

  11. 11

    I could take a slice of that pie in exchange for a painted bathroom any day!

    Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista recently posted..Spray Painting and Stenciling the Guest Room Nightstand (Blogging Without Borders) and a giveaway!

  12. 12

    No judging! Just give me a piece of that pie!
    You’ll get that bathroom done – and I’m excited to read all about your thrifting outing!

  13. 13
    Shannon Fox 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!
    Shannon Fox recently posted..Shabby Vintage Nesting Table Makeover with La Craie Paint

  14. 14
    karin 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.

  15. 15
    karin 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.

  16. 16
    nelliebellie says:

    That is the coolest! Love the recipe. And that cover…fun stuff!!
    nelliebellie recently posted..Change is here!!

  17. 17

    yum! the pie looks awesome! The magazine cover is seriously making me jealous! You gots skillz!

  18. 18

    Wow Debbie that looks soooo good! And you’ve got some mad skills ~ love your mag cover!!
    Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home recently posted..Do You Fear Change?

  19. 19

    Your pie looks delicious! and the magazine cover is amazing! Great job!
    Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside recently posted..Wicker Trays as Art

  20. 20

    This is so great; Love the magazine cover! :) Great job.. I love anything lemon!
    Hilani-Handmade by Hilani recently posted..{Sewing Tips and Tricks} Lesson 2 of 3

  21. 21

    You are soooo good at doing those magazine covers! That lemon pie looks so darn good, but anything looks good to me right now. I put myself on a diet!!!
    Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads recently posted..Gold Medal Blogging Tips Linky Party

  22. 22
    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 :-o
    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!

  23. 23

    Yummy and simple? My kinda recipe! Looking forward to seeing your bathroom update AND all your thrifting scores!
    xo Heidi
    Heidi @ Decor & More recently posted..Ugly Duckling Dining Room {Blogging Without Borders}: Lighting

  24. 24

    Hahaha on the bath update … but your copycat is seriously awesome!!! Your picture and mag cover is just perfect and that pie sounds like something I could make. Maybe. ;)
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog recently posted..crazy for color {link party}

  25. 25

    I love lemon anything, so I will be giving your lemon pie recipe a twirl when I get back to Texas!

    Thanks for sharing, Debbie!

  26. 26

    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,
    Fairfield House recently posted..Pintresting

  27. 27
    sonny says:

    I’m making this TONIGHT…. love the magazine cover you did.~!

  28. 28

    One day I want to be this fresh and stylish. The pie looks delish and I love the copycat makeover.

  29. 29
    Patty says:

    Looks so simple and delicious. Love the magazine cover!

  30. 30
    Debbie 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.
    Debbie recently posted..Flower Power Tools

  31. 31
    Dawn 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.
    Dawn recently posted..Copy Cat Challenge – Home Office Space

  32. 32
    Lorrie says:

    The pie looks great! and I love your copy of the Magizine, how creative!
    Lorrie recently posted..Copy Cat Tablescape

  33. 33
    Jessica M. says:

    I LOVE lemon anything – I am going to make this. Thanks for the recipe!

  34. 34

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

    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

  35. 35

    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.
    Atta Girl Amy recently posted..Copycat Magazine Challenge: Easy Entertaining

  36. 36

    I think my 4 year old can make this!…in fact, I even think that my 2 year old could do it! that would be such an easy. stress free dessert…and God knows I need less stress :)
    Daniela @frugal ain’t cheap recently posted..Dish soap in a (beer) bottle

  37. 37
    Shannon 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!
    Shannon recently posted..Deanna: Running with a smile

  38. 38

    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!
    Jennifer Quinn recently posted..emeals Coupon Codes – I’m a sleuth and found them!

  39. 39
    Holly says:

    Can you use bottled lemon jice instead of fresh?

  40. 40
    Janice 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

  41. 41
    Deneen says:

    Love this! So easy and I love lemons!!!
    Deneen recently posted..Magazine Storage Black End Table

  42. 42
    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!

  43. 43
    Debby Pucci says:

    I love lemon….have to try this one. Saw it on Pinterest!
    Debby Pucci recently posted..WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE

  44. 44
    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!

  45. 45
    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.

  46. 46

    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.

  47. 47
    Stargazer says:

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

  48. 48
    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! :)

  49. 49

    That pie looks and sounds delicious!! But oh my, I just LOVE that magazine cover!!! How clever!!!
    (and so cute what all you wrote on the front! ;) )

    Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule recently posted..Grain Sack Side Table {Chalk Paint® & General Finishes Milk Paint}

  50. 50
    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!

  51. 51
    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.


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