Frozen Lemonade Pie in a Jar {and Mother’s Day Printable!}

Remember last week when I was talking about how I kind of kept forgetting it was spring? Yeah, I’m over that. My car thermometer said 94 degrees yesterday and the fact that I was wearing pants was making me feel all stabby. Apparently summer is here (at least in the South; is it super hot everywhere else?) and I’m (clearly) trying really hard to have a good attitude about it. Note sarcasm.

The good news? Frozen treats make me feel better about the world. The bad news? My freezer is currently overrun by little Frozen Lemonade Pies. Fortunately, that is not the worst bad news I’ve ever gotten in my life.

This is one of my favorite favorite favorite treats of all time, but I’ve always been a little hesitant to post it because it’s so dang easy. Not that we’re not all about easy, but we’re talking easy enough that a really smart monkey could make it. But maybe when I’m feeling grumpy because I’m legally required to wear pants, I need super-smart-monkey frozen treats.

Growing up, we always made this pie in a store-bought graham cracker crust (and that’s still totally an option; you could also use the small graham cracker tart crusts). I wanted to adorable-ize (TOTALLY a word) things just a little, so I decided to make these in the squatty little Mason jars, kind of like a summery version of Pie in a Jar. You can use 8 8-ounce jars with the straight sides (like we do in Pie in a Jar), but I actually found myself wanting a more dainty portion and wished I had 16 of the 4-ounce jars on hand that weren’t covered in Mod Podge and tissue paper. Don’t ask.

For the crust, you’ll need 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 cup sugar, and 6 tablespoons of butter.

Combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a small bowl. Melt the butter and then drizzle it over the crumbs…

Toss together the ingredients, wither with a fork or with your fingers. Then evenly distribute the crumb mixture into the jars. If you’re using 8 ounce jars, you’ll need about 3 heaping tablespoons per jar. For 4 ounce jars, use closer to 2 level tablespoons per jar. Lightly press the crumbs onto the bottom and up the sides of the jar.

Keep in mind that these are going in the freezer and will solidify a lot. Also keep in mind that graham cracker crust that is hard to eat will only lead to heartache and sorrow, and since we don’t want to be the cause of any kind of heartache, don’t press the crust in too firmly.

Set your jars aside.

For the filling, you’ll need 12 ounces (so 1 1/2 of the smaller containers) of thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, and 8 ounces of thawed lemonade concentrate (you’re not gonna use the whole can…mix the rest of it with water for, well, lemonade). I use pink lemonade because that is how I roll. You also might want to have a lemon on hand–if the mixture is a little too sweet for your taste, you can add a tablespoon or two of lemon juice to kick things up a notch.

In a large bowl, gently fold together the COOL WHIP and add the sweetened condensed milk. Add the lemonade concentrate (thawed but still cold) and continue folding until combined.

If you want, you can add a little food coloring–I added 4 drops of red food coloring and a drop of yellow, not that you’ll be able to tell in the pictures.

Divide the filling evenly among the prepared jars…

and freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm. When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

So easy, right?! Now that we’re moving into wedding season, these would be perfect little make-ahead desserts for a bridal shower (and baby showers, although, as I have discovered, there’s not really such thing as baby season–they seem to happen all year long). They would also be perfect for Mother’s Day; not saying that there aren’t men or children who feel completely at home in the kitchen on Mother’s Day, but my man is not one of them. Bless his heart. NOTE TO MY HUSBAND, SHOULD HE BE READING THIS: I want pie for Mother’s Day. And I don’t want to do the dishes afterwards.

Just to make things super easy, these pies should have little attachable notes, right?

Print these out, buy some cute ribbon, punch a hole in the corner, tie it onto the jar, and you have a happy mom.

For the Mother’s Day Printable, click HERE.

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  1. This is one of our family recipes, but ours uses a ritz cracker crust (55 ritz crackers, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, and 1/2 cup melted butter) and we only refrigerated it. I definitely like the idea of freezing it!

  2. These look adorable and tasty, but what I really wanted to say was thanks for the laugh! “Making me feel all stabby” is my new favorite.

  3. This is a fantastic treat to have when my nearly 3 year old baby niece comes to visit during the next couple of days! We’re doing a pink/yellow themed little early birthday celebration (since she lives out of state) for her and I only have sugar cookies ready. You’re saving me! Plus, this is even simpler than the Dream Whip and Jello frozen pie I considered! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. I was wondering if I could use the little clear heavy duty plastic cups. Did not want to worry about the glass in small hands or arthritic hands.It would not be as heavy as glass not to mention nothing that has to be washed

  5. Yep, I think the south is having a summer moment. NC is going to be hot all week so this dessert sounds fabulous. I wish I had some of it right now.

  6. I was thinking these would make really cute treats for Teacher’s Appreciation Day, but how would I keep them frozen for the teachers? Especially since they might not eat these until later in the day?

    In any case, I know what dessert I’m making for Mother’s Day! 🙂 (if making a whole pie, what would the ingredient measurements be?)

    1. You might have to see if there was a freezer in the cafeteria or the faculty room that you could use. 🙂

      As far as the whole pie goes, use the exact same measurements, but just pop the whole filling into one of those prepared graham cracker crusts (or you can press the crust recipe into a pie plate/springform pan/9×13″ pan. I’ve never made it with the little tarts, but in my experience, you’ll end up filling a few more of those, so maybe 10 tart crusts?

    2. all of our teachers lounges have a refrigerator in them and I am fairly certain most teachers lounges do…definitely check..wish I taught at that school..

  7. Whoa… mind.blown. These look so amazingly wonderful, I wish I had the stuff on hand so that I could be making them now… at 1:14am. Instead I am sitting here debating how crazy I’d look going to the grocery store at this hour for this stuff. Ha! I guess I will wait till tomorrow, but only because I don’t want to put public clothes on. 😉

    1. I read this post and totally giggled at “public clothes”…. so glad I’m not the only one who thinks like that!

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