Divine Lemon Cream Cheese Pie Recipe to Try Today!

Ah, the sweet and sour taste of lemon! There’s nothing quite like it. As a baker, I’ve always enjoyed incorporating lemon into my desserts. And when it comes to the Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie Recipe, well, let’s just say you’re in for a treat!

I first stumbled upon this recipe during my travels through South Dakota. The Al Oasis restaurant in Oacoma is known for its signature dishes like cheese pie, spinach pies, cheese rolls, and even pizza gyros. But it’s their lemon cream cheese pie that truly stands out.

When I took a bite of this pie, I was instantly transported to a place of pure bliss. It’s refreshing yet decadent at the same time, with a creamy and tangy filling that just melts in your mouth. Trust me; it’s worth breaking your diet for!

So I decided to take on the challenge of recreating this delicious dessert at home. And after many taste tests and trials, I’m proud to present to you my adaptation of the Al Oasis Lemon Cream Cheese Pie Recipe.

Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Al's Oasis' Lemon Cream Cheese Pie
Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie

Listen up y’all, because I am about to tell you about the most impeccable dessert recipe you will ever try in your life. That’s right, I’m talking about Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie Recipe, and let me tell you – it is a game-changer.

First of all, this pie is the perfect balance between sweet and tangy. The graham cracker crust provides a delicious buttery base, while the creamy lemon filling carries an irresistibly zesty flavor that will leave your taste buds tingling with delight.

But what sets this pie apart from any other lemon cream cheese pie out there is its luscious texture. The blend of cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and instant lemon pudding mix gives it a velvety smoothness that melts in your mouth like a dream.

Let’s not forget about its versatility either. This pie is perfect for any occasion – whether you’re making it for a family barbecue, dinner party, or just as a treat for yourself after a long day. It’s so easy to make too and requires no baking whatsoever! How’s that for effortless?

If you’re on the fence about trying this recipe out, let me assure you – you will not regret it. This lemon cream cheese pie will become your go-to dessert recipe that will leave everyone asking for seconds (or even thirds!). So go ahead and give it a try – thank me later!

Ingredient List

 A slice of sunshine in every bite!
A slice of sunshine in every bite!

Get Your Ingredients Ready!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie Recipe:

  • Graham crackers: You will need 1 1/2 cups of crushed graham crackers for the crust.
  • Instant Lemon Pudding Mix: You will need one 3.4 oz box of instant lemon pudding mix.
  • Cream cheese: You will need two 8 oz packages of cream cheese – make sure they are softened to room temperature.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: You will need one 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • Butter: You will need 6 tablespoons of melted butter for the crust.
  • Salt: just a pinch is needed for the crust
  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is required for this recipe. You will need 1 cup total, divided between the filling and topping.
  • Water: You’ll use both hot and cold water. For the filling, you’ll need 1 cup of boiling water and a half cup of cold water or ice. For the topping, you’ll use a quarter cup of cold water).
  • Cornstarch: For the filling, you will need 1/2 cup cornstarch, sifted
  • Sugar: You’ll use a total of 1 and 1/2 cups sugar (one cup for the filling, and a half-cup for the topping).
  • Egg yolks: In the filling recipe, beat three egg yolks together in a medium-sized bowl.

Make sure to check your pantry for any ingredients you already have before going shopping. Once you have everything, let’s move on to creating this rich and tangy pie!

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect addition to any summer picnic.
The perfect addition to any summer picnic.

Step 1: Make the Graham Cracker Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 6 tablespoons of melted butter.
  • Mix until it is evenly combined.
  • Press the mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate, then bake for 10 minutes.
  • Let it cool completely before adding the filling.

Step 2: Make the Lemon Cream Cheese Filling

  • In a medium saucepan, mix together 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  • Gradually add in 3 cups of cold water until smooth.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat; stir in 3 beaten egg yolks. Return to heat; cook 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of grated lemon zest, and 3 tablespoons of butter.
  • Pour mixture into cooled crust. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Step 3: Serve and Enjoy

  • Once chilled, slice the pie into 8 servings.
  • You can garnish with whipped cream, lemon curd or extra zest, if desired.
  • Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

This recipe is easy to follow but takes time to prepare. It can be a great option when you want something sweet, tangy and refreshing. The combination of cream cheese and lemon will make your taste buds go wild!

Substitutions and Variations

 Let the zesty lemon flavor brighten your day.
Let the zesty lemon flavor brighten your day.

Think you can’t make this lemon cream cheese pie recipe because you’re missing an ingredient? Don’t worry, there are several substitutions and variations that you can try out.

First, let’s talk crust. While the graham cracker crust is a beloved classic, feel free to experiment with other crusts like shortbread or even oreo cookie crumbs. You can also forgo the crust altogether and make this into a no-bake dessert.

If you don’t have instant lemon pudding mix on hand, don’t fret. You can easily make homemade lemon curd by combining lemon juice, butter, sugar, and egg yolks over low heat until thickened. Alternatively, you can use a premade lemon curd like Marie Callender’s.

For the filling, you can play around with different types of cream cheese – try using flavored cream cheese such as strawberry or cinnamon. You can also add in some fresh berries or a splash of raspberry liqueur to incorporate different flavors.

If you want to make this recipe a bit healthier, try substituting full-fat cream cheese with Greek yogurt or tofu cream cheese. Additionally, you can reduce the amount of sweetened condensed milk and sugar used to cut down on calories while still savoring the sweet tangy flavor of this dessert.

Now that we’ve explored some substitutions and variations for this lemon cream cheese pie recipe, go ahead and get creative with your experimentation!

Serving and Pairing

 Indulge in a creamy, dreamy dessert.
Indulge in a creamy, dreamy dessert.

This lemon cream cheese pie is the perfect dessert to serve at any occasion. Its vibrant citrusy taste and smooth texture are refreshing and satisfying, making it a go-to dessert for hot summer days.

You can add a touch of elegance to your serving by garnishing the pie with fresh fruit slices like strawberries or raspberries, or even lemon zest for more pronounced lemon flavor. I love to add a dollop of whipped cream on top, it complements the tangy flavor of the filling beautifully.

Pair this delicious pie with a cup of coffee, tea, or iced tea for a delightful after-meal treat. Alternatively, you can serve it with a glass of chilled white wine such as Riesling or even champagne for a fancier event.

There is no right or wrong way to enjoy this light and refreshing dessert – whether you decide to serve it at a dinner party, bring it to a potluck with friends, or indulge in it on your own. This pie is versatile enough to be paired with many different drinks and enjoyed at various occasions.

What’s more? Due to its no-bake nature, you don’t have to worry about heating up your kitchen on a hot day. With this pie recipe, you can say goodbye to fuss and hello to enjoyment!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A tangy twist on a classic dessert.
A tangy twist on a classic dessert.

Now, let me tell you something: this Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie recipe is one of those desserts that improve with time. Yes, you heard me right. While it tastes fantastic fresh out of the oven, it takes on a totally different dimension after chilling in the fridge overnight. Trust me on this.

That being said, this pie is an excellent candidate for make-ahead! You can prepare it up to two days in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. The flavors will have mellowed out and blended together even better than on day one, and the filling will have settled nicely.

If you’re hosting a dinner party or want to work ahead for the holidays, this pie is your friend. Simply bake it off, let it cool completely, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil (or use your favorite pie keeper), and stash it in the fridge until you’re ready to wow your guests.

When reheating leftovers (if there are any!), I recommend doing so gently, either in the microwave or the oven. Some of that creamy deliciousness might ooze out when you slice into it cold, so be forewarned!

But let’s be real; leftovers are rare where this pie is concerned!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This pie is as refreshing as a cold glass of lemonade.
This pie is as refreshing as a cold glass of lemonade.

When it comes to exceptional baking, you need more than just the perfect recipe. It takes some knowledge, passion, effort and little bit of finesse to achieve that perfect outcome you have been wanting. Below, I will provide you some tips that will help you perfect your Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie recipe.

First and foremost, always read the recipe thoroughly before beginning. This is particularly important when attempting a difficult or unfamiliar recipe such as the Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie. Assemble all of the required ingredients in advance and make certain you understand each step before starting.

If cream cheese is one of your favorite ingredients to use, then you should also ensure that it is softened before adding it to the mixture; this creates a creamy and smooth texture that enhances the flavor of the pie. Room temperature for cream cheese usually take between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Rolling the graham crackers into fine crumbs and incorporating melted butter are also essential when making the crust tastier and crumbly.

Before turning on your oven, be sure it is preheated sufficiently – this is crucial for achieving a crispy crust and even baking. Don’t forget to use cold water for mixing your cornstarch because hot water can impact negatively on the jellifying properties of corn starch.

Another tip that will set your Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie apart is adding lemon zest when making the crust and lemon curd as a topping. This adds an extra zingy flavor punch to an already delightful dessert.

Finally, when serving the finished product, feel free to pair it with whipped cream, fresh berries or other toppings of your choice. Do not leave pie in the fridge longer than necessary as it may lead to moisture development. If you do store leftovers, cover securely and keep them in a cool place until they are ready to be consumed.

These tips are meant to help guide and assist you with your journey toward making a perfectly baked Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie that will guarantee smiles and satisfaction in every bite. Remember these tips as you perfect this recipe over time – practice makes perfect!

Bottom Line


In conclusion, the Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie Recipe is a stunning dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. This easy-to-follow recipe features a perfect blend of tart and sweet flavors that will have your taste buds singing with joy. It’s also versatile, allowing you to customize it to your liking with various topping or crust options.

As an added bonus, this recipe is no bake, which means that you won’t have to heat up your kitchen during hot summers. You can make it ahead of time and store it in the freezer for those last-minute gatherings.

If you love lemon desserts or are searching for a new dessert recipe to impress family and friends, then the Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie Recipe is a must-try recipe. Trust me; the results are worth the effort.

So why not give this recipe a try? I promise you won’t be disappointed. Share your experience with us by tagging us on social media #AlOasisLemonCreamCheesePie.

Al's Oasis' Lemon Cream Cheese Pie

Al’s Oasis’ Lemon Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

This recipe came from "Taste of Home" magazine in the "I Wish I Had That Recipe" section. It comes from a restaurant in Chamberlain, South Dakota named Al's Oasis. Prep time includes chilling times.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Citrus, Dessert, Fruit, Lemon, Pie, Weeknight
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 486.5kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix
  • 2 9-inch pie shells, baked or 2 graham crackers
  • whipped cream


  • In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch.
  • Gradually stir in water, mixing until smooth.
  • Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and clear.
  • Quickly stir in egg yolks.
  • Bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat; stir in 1/3 cup lemon juice, salt and butter.
  • Cool for several hours or overnight.
  • In a mixing bowl, blend condensed milk and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Stir in pudding mix and remaining lemon juice.
  • Fold into chilled lemon filling.
  • Divide and spoon into baked pie shells.
  • Refrigerate for several hours.
  • Garnish with whipped cream.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 136g | Calories: 486.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 63.2g | Protein: 6.7g | Fat: 23.8g | Saturated Fat: 10.8g | Cholesterol: 86.9mg | Sodium: 415.4mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 35.1g

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