Chilled Summer Pies
These fun pies are the perfect make-ahead treat for backyard barbecues and cookouts.
From the satiny sheen of the filling to the mounds of fresh fruit piled on top, there is much beauty in an icebox pie, but none more than its sheer simplicity.
There’s no need to wrangle with a rolling pin – just pat the crust in the pan. Fold together a creamy cheesecake filling, stir up a speedy custard, or grab a muffin pan and bake off a batch of cupcake tarts. Then sit back and chill. Homemade has never been so simple.
Recipe: Creamy Strawberry-Mint Pie
A summery mix of fresh-picked berries adds a sweet burst of flavor to this versatile cheesecake pie. Create a new twist by pairing the filling with a Chocolate Butter Cookie Crust or a salty Pretzel Crust. Substitute mascarpone cheese for cream cheese or top with sliced peaches and pitted cherries. Any choice is a good one! When you’re ready to serve, use a sharp, thin-bladed knife to cut through the filling and crust, then insert a pie server underneath each slice and lift from the pan.
- Recipe: Icebox Cheesecake
We lightened up one our favorite cheesecake recipes for a totally delicious (and guilt-free) summer indulgence. Instead of baking the batter in a spring-form pan, we used a set of 4-inch tart pans with removable bottoms. Fresh nectarines and a colorful medley of berries add the finishing touch.
- Recipe: Cheesecake Tarts
Pie just doesn’t get much easier or better than this tasty twist on banana pudding. In fact, once you try our speedy version of homemade custard, you’ll never be tempted to make instant pudding again. If you’re a big fan of vanilla wafers like we are, pick up an extra box and tuck a few into the meringue before baking. For party-pretty slices, dip the knife blade in cold water or lightly coat with vegetable cooking spray.
- Recipe: Banana Pudding Pie
This orange and lemon tart combines the bright citrus flavor of lemon and orange in a crisp gingersnap crust. You can make the orange and lemon tart up to 1 month ahead, so it’s perfect for a party. Just omit the whipped cream and garnish, and chill as directed. Remove the metal rim of the tart pan; cover with plastic wrap, and freeze in a zip-top plastic freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, and add the whipped cream and garnish up to 4 hours before serving.
- Recipe: Double Citrus Tart
Topped with toasted coconut, this creamy pineapple pie is one sweet slice of down-home delicious. Pecan shortbread cookies add a double dose of richness to the buttery crust. Pulsing cookies in a food processor is a quick way to create crumbs. If you don’t have a processor, place the cookies in a large zip-top plastic bag; partially close the bag, leaving a small opening in the top of the bag to allow air to escape. Gently crush cookies with a rolling pin or mallet.
- Recipe: Pineapple Meringue Pie
This is the banana split of icebox pies – the ultimate soda fountain treat folded into a creamy filling and frozen in a graham cracker crust. One recipe makes 2 large pies – so it’s perfect for feeding a crowd.
- Recipe: Frozen Hawaiian Pie
This cupcake version of a chocolate-key lime pie is an ideal pick-up dessert for entertaining. Make a crumb crust with chocolate wafers and top with a sweet cream cheese mixture flavored with fresh key lime juice.
- Recipe: Chocolate-Key Lime Cupcake Pies
A deliciously sweet filling made with chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel is the perfect match for the salty crunch of an over-the-rim pretzel crust. Pottery pie plates, like this pretty blue dish, vary in size and shape, so we don’t often use them for baking – but they do make colorful serving pieces and most are large enough to hold a 9-inch glass pie plate.
- Recipe: Candy Bar Pie
A simple twist in the traditional recipe plus a buttery shortbread crust give this Southern favorite a whole new look. The filling separates when baked, creating a thin golden brown cake layer on top of a delicious lemon custard.
- Recipe: Lemon Chess Pie
Fresh strawberries team up with blueberries and bananas for a triple-layered ice cream treat. The big surprise? Crushed waffle cones are the secret ingredient in this fun crust. For super-sharp slices, remove the frozen pie from the spring-form pan, and place on a cutting board. Using a large chef’s knife, cut the pie in half; cut each half into the desired number of slices, and serve immediately.
Impress your guests or family with the goodness of classic lemon icebox pie. This recipe features from-scratch buttery crust, lemony-rich baked filling, and homemade whipped cream.
- Recipe: Zesty Lemon Pie