Six super-easy icebox pies for summer

Posted May 14, 2013, at 2:20 p.m.

Are you looking for a sweet treat but don’t want to turn on the oven? Do you have little to no culinary experience? Maybe you like to cook, but are also intimidated or put-off by the ingredient lists and number of steps on foodnetwork.com or allrecipes.com.

Icebox pies are perfect for summer get-togethers or just to have around as a treat. The six listed here are about as easy as they come and involve absolutely no baking. If you turn on your oven or stove, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Note: Where it says to make your own crust, just use a premade crust from the store to save time and effort. They’re in the baking aisle.

Stupid Icebox Lemon Pie

Pie so easy it’s stupid. I made a similar pie last summer, but I like this recipe better. It calls for using lemon zest on top as an optional garnish, but you can certainly mix some into the filling for extra lemon flavor. It’s probably the easiest pie on the list and goes together fast. It’s also my favorite, although I’m a sucker for lemon desserts.

Sangria Pie

This pie is easy and tasty — fruity, not too sweet and not too rich. The recipe calls for Williams-Sonoma sangria mix, which is a ridiculous $15 a bottle. Daily’s and Stirrings both offer cheaper options. I used Stirrings. The recipe here involved baking because it uses egg yolks. To make it an icebox pie, replace the yolks with whipped cream or Cool Whip. I used about a third of a container of Cool Whip. A friend suggested that frozen pudding concentrate would also work just fine. While I liked this pie, it’s not quite as special as I was expecting, but it would be good for a party.

Salted Caramel Icebox Pie

Impress your friends with this. It’s delicious and looks pretty with chocolate shavings on top (I just ran a frozen Hershey bar over a fine cheese grater), and anything named “salted caramel” sounds fancy. You have to whip your own cream here, so either make sure you have an electric mixer or hope your have amazing upper-body strength. The recipe makes more filling than will fit in the crust. Put the extra in a bowl, freeze it, and eat it later with a spoon. Did I mention it’s delicious?

Creamy Oreo Pie

This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s classic, simple and kid-friendly. The recipe says to chop Oreos for the filling, but it’s easier to drop them in a plastic baggy and smash them with a rolling pin. If you’re looking for an easy crowd-pleaser, this is your pie.

Blueberry Icebox Pie

This is another good pie for impressing people. With its layering of cream cheese, pecans, blueberries and whipped cream, it’s the only pie on the list that isn’t just a cream-based filling in a shell. Spreading the cream cheese layer on top of the graham cracker crust was a little annoying, but the payoff comes in the form of a surprising and lovely mix of textures and flavors.

Creamy Party Pie

This is both the cheapest and weirdest pie on this list. The recipe yields enough filling for two pies, and with just three ingredients in the filling — crushed pineapple, strawberry Jello and Cool Whip — it’s easy to try. And you should try it. It’s different; good different. And pink. Very, very pink.

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