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Lemon Icebox Cake

This Lemon Icebox Cake is the perfect summer dessert when you need a cooling and refreshing sweet treat. It’s a no-bake effort full of bright flavors and layered sumptuousness. You’ll taste a punch of lemony tartness mingling with a sweet and creamy pudding sandwiched between layers of softened cookies. It’s an irresistible combination that’s always a crowd-pleaser!

Lemon Icebox Cake Pin

With minimal ingredients and prep time, you can assemble this Lemon Icebox Cake in just 15 minutes. It’s easy to mix the cream cheese and boxed pudding ingredients and layer them on top of lemon sandwich cookies.

Still, you’ll need to practice patience while waiting for this extravaganza of a dessert to chill in the refrigerator thoroughly! I like to let it chill in the fridge overnight since it will need at least 8 hours to let the pudding and cream cheese layers help soften the sandwich cookies for a delectable hint of a crunch.

Lemon Icebox Cake served on white plate

Ingredients Needed

Lemon Sandwich Cookies – these will act as layers between the pudding mixture.
Instant Lemon Pudding Mix – combined with the cream cheese for the filling layer.
Milk – to help make the pudding mixture.
Cream Cheese – mix softened cream cheese with the pudding mixture to create the filling.
Whipped Topping – for the top layer of the icebox cake.
Lemon Slices and Fresh Mint – garnishes.

Lemon Icebox Cake served

How To Make Lemon Icebox Cake

Note: This is a summary of the steps. For complete instructions, see the recipe card down below.

STEP 1: Layer half of the lemon sandwich cookies in the bottom of a 9 x13 baking dish.
STEP 2: Make the lemon filling by combining the whipped cream cheese with the prepared lemon pudding,
STEP 3: Spoon half of the lemon mixture over the cookie layer.
STEP 4: Use the remaining cookies to make a layer on the lemon pudding mixture layer.
STEP 5: Spread the remaining lemon pudding mixture over the second cookie layer and spread the top with the thawed whipped topping.
STEP 6: Cover and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight so the cookies can soften.
STEP 7: Garnish with lemon slices and mint before serving.

What Is An Icebox Cake?

An icebox cake is a chilled dessert that requires no baking. Instead, it needs refrigeration time to become cold, and the ingredients must be set before slicing and serving. The cake is typically a layered effort consisting of cookies for a “crust” layer topped with pudding, cream cheese, fruit, jello, whipped topping, and more.

Lemon Icebox Cake served with glass of milk

Sure! You can easily swap the lemon sandwich cookies for vanilla sandwich cookies. You could also use shortbread cookies, graham crackers, or vanilla wafer cookies.

Lemon Icebox Cake  served 2 servings glass of milk

Can I Make This With A Different Flavor Pudding?

Absolutely, but you’ll want to use a neutral-flavored cookie, such as a vanilla sandwich cookie or graham crackers, as a layer between the pudding mixture. You can also use this same recipe and swap out the instant lemon pudding for flavors like coconut, vanilla, chocolate, banana cream, butterscotch, and more.

Lemon Icebox Cake two slices cake served

Topping Ideas

Here, I’ve used lemon slices and sprigs of fresh mint to garnish the top of the icebox cake, but a smattering of lemon zest would be pretty and tasty, too.

Any fruit complementary to lemon, such as fresh blueberries, raspberries, or crumbled lemon sandwich cookies, would be delicious.

Lemon Icebox Cake served with lemon with glass of milk

How Do I Assemble The Icebox Cake?

You will assemble two layers. Here’s how:

  1. Layer half the lemon sandwich cookies in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan and spread half the lemon pudding and cream cheese mixture over the top.
  2. Add another layer of lemon sandwich cookies and spread them with the remaining lemon filling mixture.
  3. Top with the whipped cream.
  4. Refrigerate the cake until firm, at least 8 hours or overnight. The moisture from the pudding mixture will help soften the cookies so they are easy to slice and serve.
  5. Once chilled, remove the icebox cake from the refrigerator and garnish with lemon slices. Cut and serve.


Store, covered, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. To freeze, cover tightly in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

Lemon Icebox Cake finished before slicing

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Lemon Icebox Cake served with lemon with glass of milk
Yield: Serves- 16

Lemon Icebox Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Lemon Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for the season!  It is filled with a luscious and bright lemon cream cheese filling, sandwiched between lemon cream-filled cookies, and topped with whipped cream. This is a no-bake dessert and perfect for warmer weather.  


  • 48 lemon sandwich cookies
  • 2 (3.4 ounces) boxes instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed
  • Lemon slices and mint for garnish


  1. Gather all of the ingredients. Lemon Icebox Cake ALL OF THE INGREDIENTS
  2. On the bottom of a 9x13 pan, lay out half of the cookies in a layer. Lemon Icebox Cake layer cookies on bottom of pan
  3. In a large bowl, whip cream cheese until light and fluffy.Lemon Icebox Cake whip cream cheese and pudding mix
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk your pudding and milk together until combined.
  5. Using an electric mixer, combine the pudding and cream cheese.
  6. Spoon half of the lemon mixture over the cookie layer. Lemon Icebox Cake spoon half of pudding mixture
  7. Use the remaining cookies to make a layer on the lemon layer.Lemon Icebox Cake add top layer
  8. Spread over the rest of the lemon mixture.
  9. Top with the whipped cream.
  10. Cover and place into the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight so the cookies can soften.Lemon Icebox Cake served slice
  11. Garnish with lemon slices and mint before serving!


Lemon Icebox Cake

Serves- 16

Prep time- 15 minutes

Chill time- 8 hours

Tips and Tricks

This needs to sit at least 8 hours for the cookies to soften. 

  • Can also garnish with lemon zest.
  • Use vanilla cream cookies, too, if you like. 
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • This freezes beautifully when covered, for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 222Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 19mgSodium 124mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 7gSugar 13gProtein 6g

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Lemon Icebox Cake is the perfect desert for the season! It is filled with a luscious and bright lemon cream cheese filling sandwiched between lemon cream filled cookies and topped with whipped cream. This is a no bake dessert and perfect for warmer weather. via @Mooreorlesscook

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Thursday 13th of June 2024

OH wow, just wow, lemon and so delicious and yummy. Pinned it. I visited you via Full Plate Thursday. My entries this week are numbered #46+47. Please join and share your posts with us


Monday 10th of June 2024

What a stunning dessert for summer especially for the lemon lovers. This is beautiful!


Wednesday 12th of June 2024

Thank you Tammy! I hope that you enjoy this Lemon Icebox Cake recipe! Nettie

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