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Creamsicle Pie

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If you love orange and vanilla creamsicles, then you're going to love this fluffy creamsicle pie.
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  1. Creamsicle Pie Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Creamsicle Pie Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This light and fluffy no-bake creamsicle pie will bring back memories of the classic creamy orange flavors of that perfect summer treat courtesy of the ice cream man. A buttery graham cracker pie crust is topped with a creamy orange jello filling loaded with bursts of bright, citrusy mandarin oranges. 

Our strawberry Cool Whip pie and chocolate pie are two more easy recipes for delightful no-bake pies that you will enjoy making and sharing. The hardest part of these easy desserts is waiting for them to chill in the fridge. 

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Creamsicle Pie Ingredients

Creamsicle Pie raw ingredients that are labeled

 You’ll need: 

  • 1 (6-ounce) premade graham cracker crust or homemade graham cracker crust 
  • 1 (0.25 ounce) packet unflavored gelatin
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 (3-ounce) box orange-flavored gelatin
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup crushed ice
  • 1 teaspoon pure orange extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained and halved (reserve 8 whole slices for garnish)
  • Canned whipped cream (optional garnish)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CRUST: You can make your own graham cracker crust or even substitute a premade shortbread crust for the graham cracker crust in this easy pie recipe.

 ORANGE FLAVOR: If you want an even stronger orange flavor in this easy dessert, you can add 2 teaspoons of fresh orange zest to the filling mixture. 

How to Make This Creamsicle Pie Recipe

Our Recipe Developer Says

You can make this the night before to save time, especially since it needs time to chill before serving.

STEP ONE: Add the ¼ cup cold water to a small bowl. Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin packet over the cold water, and stir to combine. Allow the gelatin to bloom for 1 to 2 minutes. 

PRO TIP:

Blooming gelatin means allowing it to sit for a few minutes until it has absorbed the liquid and the powdered granules have dissolved. The granules will swell as it blooms.

cold water and gelatin whisked together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Add the ½ cup boiling water to a medium-sized mixing bowl.

boiling water added to the mixing bowl

STEP THREE: Add the bloomed gelatin to the boiling water.

bloomed gelatin added to the bowl of boiling water

STEP FOUR: Stir in the orange extract. 

STEP FIVE: Sprinkle the orange gelatin powder over the boiling water and stir until the gelatin completely dissolves. 

ingredients whisked together in a bowl

STEP SIX: Stir in the ¼ cup crushed ice until the ice is completely dissolved. 

crushed ice added to the bowl of ingredients

STEP SEVEN: Fold in the whipped topping and halved mandarin orange slices to the gelatin mixture. 

PRO TIP:

If your pie crust is in a foil tin, we’d recommend sitting it (foil pan and all) inside a glass pie dish to give it a bit more stability when taking it in and out of the fridge.

ingredients folded together in a bowl

STEP EIGHT: Pour the creamsicle filling into the premade graham cracker crust. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Slice into eight slices. Just before you are ready to serve, garnish with a swirl of the canned whipped cream. Place 1 of the whole mandarin orange segments on top of the swirl.

PRO TIP:

Make sure you give this pie plenty of time to chill in the fridge so that the filling sets fully before serving.

pie topped with whipped cream and mandarin oranges

How To Serve

 Enjoy all the flavors of a favorite childhood treat in this divine pie. Whip this up any time of year when you crave a sweet treat. Add a drink with even more nostalgia, such as our orange Julius or Wendy’s frosty

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of this delicious pie covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: Freezing this no-bake jello pie is not recommended. When the pie thaws, it will cause the bottom of the pie to become soggy. 

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The delicious flavors of the orange and vanilla creamsicle frozen treat always brings a smile to my face. This recipe is easy to follow and results in a creamy, dreamy no-bake dessert that will have you coming back for seconds (and thirds!). 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this dessert ahead of time?

This no-bake orange creamsicle pie recipe is best made ahead since it needs to chill in the fridge for about 4 hours before serving it. 

Can I make my own graham cracker crust for this recipe?

If you would prefer to make your own crust for this creamsicle pie with Cool Whip and jello, you certainly can. Check out our homemade recipe for instructions. 

Can I use different flavors of jello?

This quick jello pie recipe is very flexible. You can change up the flavor of the pie filling depending on the flavor of jello you use.

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Creamsicle Pie

5 from 1 vote
If you love orange and vanilla creamsicles, then you're going to love this fluffy creamsicle pie.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces premade graham cracker crust, or homemade graham cracker crust
  • 0.25 ounces unflavored gelatin
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 3 ounces orange-flavored gelatin
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup crushed ice
  • 1 teaspoon pure orange extract
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed
  • 15 ounces mandarin oranges, drained and halved (reserve 8 whole slices for garnish)
  • whipped cream, optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Add the ¼ cup cold water to a small bowl. Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin packet over the cold water, and stir to combine. Allow the gelatin to bloom for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the ½ cup boiling water to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Add the bloomed gelatin to the boiling water.
  • Stir in the orange extract.
  • Sprinkle the orange gelatin powder over the boiling water and stir until the gelatin completely dissolves.
  • Stir in the ¼ cup crushed ice until the ice is completely dissolved.
  • Fold in the whipped topping and halved mandarin oranges.
  • Pour the pie filling into the premade graham cracker crust. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Slice into 8 slices.
  • Just before you are ready to serve, garnish with a swirl of the canned whipped cream. Place 1 of the whole segments of mandarin oranges on top of the swirl.

Notes

  • You can make this the night before to save time, especially since it needs time to chill before serving.
  • If your pie crust is in a foil tin, we’d recommend sitting it (foil pan and all) inside a glass pie dish to give it a bit more stability when taking it in and out of the fridge.
  • Make sure you give this pie plenty of time to chill in the fridge so that the filling sets fully before serving.
  • Blooming gelatin means allowing it to sit for 3-5 minutes until it has absorbed the liquid and the powdered granules have dissolved. The granules will swell as it blooms.

Nutrition

Sodium: 174mg | Calcium: 48mg | Vitamin C: 14mg | Vitamin A: 383IU | Sugar: 25g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 142mg | Cholesterol: 1mg | Calories: 242kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fat: 9g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 37g | Iron: 1mg
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