Lemon Pie

This easy Lemon Pie is light, creamy, sweet and tart lemon pie with a thick graham cracker crust. The famous Magnolia Lemon Pie by Joanna Gaines.Lemon Pie - light, sweet and tart lemon pie with a thick graham cracker crust. From Joanna Gaines from Magnolia Market! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

I think I might have been the last person in this world to watch the show Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines.

If you haven’t seen the show, run and watch it now and you’ll immediately fall in love with them. I happened to be on a really long flight and started binge watching their show.

Here’s why I love them. They’re genuine. I don’t think they feel like they have to put on a show, they’re just themselves.

Of course I gravitated to her easy Lemon Pie…which literally is done in under 20 minutes. My kind of pie.

And you know why I’m making pie, right? It’s almost Pi day. March 14th? 3.14? Did I lose you? 3.14 is the digital reading for March 14th and constant for the symbol Pi.
Magnolia's Lemon Pie - light, sweet and tart lemon pie with a thick graham cracker crust. From Joanna Gaines! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

My sister-in-law Kim had her heart transplant 4 years ago on March 14th so every year we make a pie (or eat one if we’re out of town) on that day to celebrate her new chance at life.

We made this Banana Cream Pie a couple of years ago on her heart-anniversary. Yum. Magnolia's Lemon Pie - light, sweet and tart lemon pie with a thick graham cracker crust. From Joanna Gaines! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

This year we will be on a plane once again so I’m here early to share this pie with you. As I was making it, I realized it’s very similar to the Key Lime Pie in my cookbook, except obviously made with lemons instead of limes.

Her original recipe calls for 3 cups of sweetened condensed milk which is about 2 1/4 cans. I stuck with just 2 cans. It definitely doesn’t make a difference so unless you really want to open an entire can to just use a tiny bit of it, do it my way.

I was invited to go on a trip to check out the Magnolia store and meet Chip and Joanna and couldn’t go so this is my way of living vicariously through my friends who went. Enjoy!

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Magnolia's Lemon Pie - light, sweet and tart lemon pie with a thick graham cracker crust. From Joanna Gaines! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com
Magnolia's Lemon Pie
Servings: 1 pie
  • 1 ½ cups crushed graham crackers
  • 6 tablespoons butter , melted
  • cup sugar
Pie Filling:
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk (about 2 3/4 cup)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • cup lemon juice
  • 1 dash salt
Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the Crust: Spray a pie dish with non-stick spray. Combine crushed graham crackers, butter, and sugar. Press into prepared pie plate. Bake for 8 minutes.
  3. For the Pie Filling: Using a mixer, mix the condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice ans salt together. Beat on medium speed for 4-5 minutes. Pour into pie crust and bake for 10 minutes at 350. Little bubbles will start to surface. Cover the crust if it starts to brown too much towards the end.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  5. For the Whipped Cream: Mix the cream, sugar, and vanilla. Whip until fluffy, and add to cooled lemon pie.
Recipe Notes
Source: adapted from Magnolia's Lemon Pie. Reduced condensed milk barely so I didn't have to open another can.


Lemon Pie - light, sweet and tart lemon pie with a thick graham cracker crust. From Joanna Gaines from Magnolia Market! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Speak Your Mind



  1. That looks so delicious! Perfect for summer!

  2. Yum! We have some lemons in the fridge we need to use up! Totally making this tomorrow!


  3. 3 cups = 24 oz
    2 cans = 28 oz (@14 oz cans)
    So you are actually using 4 oz more, not less of the sweetened condensed milk. I don’t know why her recipe uses an odd amount of scm. I would also just use 2 cans.

    • True but I actually poured the condensed milk from each can into measuring cups and it was less than 3 cups. About 2 1/2 to 2 3/4

    • The cans weigh 14 oz. They are NOT 14 oz, pourable. You are right, Christy. This is not a good recipe. It COULD be. I might make it again with maybe 2 cans or slightly less and use a larger pie pan.

      • Michele G rivers says:

        I need help.input really.i made this pie.it was too big for my pie pan,but that was ok i just poured the rest in a ramkin.when i toom the pie out it looked like it had curdled.is that normal?my first lemon pie with this recipe.

  4. This is the lemon meringue pie that my Mom’s been making for decades! It’s been around a long time.


  5. made this pie this week…..OH MY….made half a recipe….just 2 of us here….husband loved it….thanks

  6. This looks amazing <3

  7. Is this crust really thicker and/or better than a store bought graham cracker crust?
    Thinking of taking a short cut and buying the crust. Unless the recipe is noticeably thicker.

  8. My grandmother added a 1/2 cup of sour cream to this while mixing the filling…… 0 man…. was sooo good!

  9. I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks easy enough and the picture is making my mouth water!

  10. Just made this and it was so easy! I had a store bought crust waiting in my pantry for something yummy to go inside. However, the volume of filling was so much that I ended up having to make a home made crust. So, next time I will either make one home made crust or use two store bought, but we all know which one will taste better… 🙂 Also, didn’t even notice that the sweetened condensed milk was less than originally called for, there was plenty of filling and the flavor was great. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  11. As mentioned by others, this pie has been around for decades – at 65 – This pie has been made by my grandmothers since I was just a baby, and my favorite. We know it as Icebox Lemon Pie. Back in the 50’s nothing was wasted so the whites of the eggs were used to make a meringue topping for the pie. Instead of using crushed graham crackers, my family has always used crushed ‘Nilla Wafers for the crust. I don’t care for meringue, so I used fresh homemade whip cream. Time to go make a pie….

  12. I’m making this right now with a shortbread cookie crust. Fingers crossed!

  13. What size pie dish? Can boxed graham cracker crumbs be used?

  14. I made this for dessert for Father’s Day and once again, Christy, you did not steer me wrong. It was delicious! I was really excited there were leftovers. 😉

  15. Made this today. It was good, but as others mentioned there was way more filling than a 9 inch crust can hold. I made it exactly as Joanna’s recipe is written and I wish I would have cut back on the condensed milk and added more lemon. Good recipe that could be great with some tweaking. And Christy, your pics are beautiful.

  16. Pie in the oven right now! My mother in law loves anything lemon so I hope she likes this. I did take some suggestions and add the zest of one lemon, and I and using an eight serving pre-made graham cracker crust. The filling amount is perfect for this size crust. Can’t wait to try it and have my MIL’s review.

  17. This recipe doesn’t taste lemony. I checked my recipe for Key Lime Pie. It has 1/2 cup of lime juice to 1 can of sweetened condensed milk. Those proportions are better. The lemon in this recipe gets lost and is overwhelmed by the sweetened condensed milk.

  18. This recipe is divine! Thank you so much for sharing! And I have the perfect solution for that extra sweetened condensed milk! If you want to make it per the original recipe, make 4 pies and give 3 of them away! Your friends will be thrilled! : )

  19. I made this and it’s delicious!

  20. Too sweet!!!!
    The filling tasted like condensed milk.

  21. Made this today with gingersnaps in a springform pan. Amazingly good!!

  22. we love lemon pie,
    so delicious

  23. Added lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and it turned out great. I watched it in oven until the tiny bubbles appeared over whole surface, took maybe 20 minutes but my oven temp may be off. Good stuff and will make it again.

  24. This came out beautufil!

    I used lemon juice from the shelf, key lemon lemon juice, don’t have the name sorry, but it was delicious.
    Used store bought crust and did the prebake on it, it gave it a nice crunch and did not get soggy.
    Used the two full cans of SCM, it fit in a 9” store bought crust.
    Filling was tart and silky! Perfection.

  25. I have made this several times We love it❤️ Not as tart or same consistency as a lemon meringue which is too tart for me Highly recommend 😀

  26. I made this today and love it! I even got fancy and piped the whip cream on top. Thanks for the great recipe!

  27. I made this for Valentines yesterday because my husband loves lemon pie but I HATE meringue! It was pretty good. I doubled the lemon juice and added an extra egg to compensate for the extra liquid. I also added lemon zest. Personally I still wish it was more tart like a lemon curd but all in all it was tasty and my husband loved it!

  28. This looks so delicious! I’m excited to make this for Pi Day!

  29. This pie reminds me of the one my mother made. She called it Eagle Brand Pie. Our family still makes the pie. It was my Dad’s favorite. The filling is very much like hers, but she made a meringue with the left over egg whites instead of using whipped cream.
    She used 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, juice of 2 lemons (about 1/2 cup), the zest of 1 lemon, and 2 eggs not 3. It is rich and tart!
    Tip: Make sure you don’t cheat and use a pre-made graham cracker crust. It makes all the difference in the world to the deliciousness of this pie to make the crust homemade.

  30. Dosent say anything about flour or baking soda my lemon pie wouldn’t jell.
    I hate that I’m a new baker and don’t need no help screwing something up.
    Never use this recipe again

  31. This recipe sucks I wouldn’t give it too worst enemy .
    I wish I had the author in my kitchen 5 min I’d take a sparchler and !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!