Dreamy Creamsicle Pie! Serve soft or frozen

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Creamsicle Pie combines those classic creamy orange flavors in an easy no bake dessert!  This pie can be served soft or can be frozen for a refreshing summertime treat!

A slice of Creamsicle Pie on a white plate

Creamsicles are such a classic summertime snack.  A tart orange shell filled with an ice-creamy center.  Just looking at a creamsicle brings back memories of being a kid and eating them with my sister!

Creamsicle Pie with a slice taken out of it.

We used to walk down to the corner store on the days we were allowed to go to the “big park” and get ourselves a treat and then head to the playground.

I still love that classic flavor  and this is definitely a dessert that is always loved by everyone!  This pie takes just minutes to prepare with a creamy whipped topping and oranges.

A top view of Creamsicle Pie garnished with mandarin orange slices and whipped topping

This recipe calls for Orange Extract and while you can you can make it without it adds some extra orange flavor making this delicious.  It’s inexpensive and found in the baking aisle near the food coloring and vanilla.

This no bake jello pie can be served soft or you can put it in the freezer overnight for a frozen treat!  We love it both ways!


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Items you’ll need for this recipe:

* Orange Jell-O * Graham Crust *  Mandarin Oranges *

Creamy and delicious this Creamsicle Pie tastes like summer! You won't believe how easy this is to whip up! This can be served soft and fluffy or frozen for a cool summer treat!
3.34 from 3 votes
Review Recipe


Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Creamsicle Pie combines those classic creamy orange flavors in an easy no bake dessert! This pie can be served soft or can be frozen for a refreshing summertime treat!


  • 1 Box Orange Jell-o 4 serving size
  • 8 oz tub whipped topping such as Cool Whip divided
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • zest of one orange optional
  • 2/3 cup Boiling water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 store bought or homemade graham cracker crust
  • Canned or Jarred Mandarin Oranges for garnish optional

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  1. In bowl, combine Jell-o powder with 2/3 cup boiling water. Stir until powder is completely dissolved. Place 1/2 cup ice into a 1-cup measuring cup and top to 1 cup with cold water. Add to the Jell-o mixture and stir until ice is almost melted. Discard ice.
  2. In a large bowl, fold together Jell-o mixture, orange extract, orange zest if using and 2/3 of the tub of Cool Whip (reserve the remaining 1/3 for topping). Pour the mixture into the pie crust and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Decorate with remaining cool whip and mandarin oranges if desired.

Recipe Notes

This pie can be served frozen. If freezing pie, let the orange layer firm up in the fridge for about 15 minutes and then top with cool whip. Slice pie before freezing (this makes for easy serving) and freeze overnight. Add mandarin oranges just prior to serving.
Nutrition calculated without mandarin orange garnish.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 210, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 170mg, Potassium: 52mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Sugar: 19g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 20%, Calcium: 26%, Iron: 0.6%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Creamsicle Pie turns a classic childhood favorite into an easy no bake dessert! This pie can be served soft or can be frozen for a refreshing summertime treat!


Creamsicle Pie combines those classic creamy orange flavors in an easy no bake dessert! This pie can be served soft or can be frozen for a refreshing summertime treat!

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  1. I’m glad you posted this pie recipe. My mom told me about having Creamsicles when she was growing up. I don’t think they’re around anymore, since I’ve never seen or had one. Nevertheless, I’m going to surprise my mom by making this pie for her. Hopefully, it will turn out well for me, since I’ve read that some folks had a problem. I plan to follow the recipe exactly as written, w/o lighter substitutions. One thing though, ….how do you measure 1/2 cup of ice cubes? I’m totally serious, so please help! Also, is the photo of the pie after it was refrigerated, or after it was frozen?

    1. Hi Angelina, that is so sweet of you! I think she will love it. Just use a half cup measuring cup and scoop as many ice cubes are you can into it. You then transfer it to a one-cup measuring cup and top it off with water so it’s okay if it isn’t exactly ½ cup of ice cubes. The photo is of the refrigerating pie, you can check the video to see the texture when we lift it out as well!

  2. Ugh. My jello layer and Cool Whip separated. I think I’ll try it again, but this time I’m going to let the jello thicken a little before folding in the Cool Whip. 

    1. Were your jello and mousse fully incorporated before you poured it into the crust? Did you use the directions on the box to mix the water/jello (the recipe uses less liquid than the box). I hope it works for you Lisa!

      1. Yes. I made it again, it separated also, but not as much. No worries; we ate it frozen and my guests said they think they would prefer it to be separated. I think since it’s so good frozen, I’m going to whisk it instead of folding it next time! Also, because I’ve lost almost 100 pounds, I’m going to use lighter ingredients and just freeze the filling in serving size dishes! Thanks for sharing this recipe! 

  3. I would love to try this because it sounds yummy, but I would use stabilized whipped cream instead of cool whip. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  4.  I made this pie exactly how the recipe says but did not use the orange extract. The Cool Whip did not fold in and when I put it in the fridge to set the Jell-O and the Cool Whip divided. Did not have any luck with this recipe, too bad it looks good .

  5. Two teaspoons of orange extract is way too much for this pie! I followed the recipe exactly and it tasted like it had paint in it.

  6. Holly, apparently I did something wrong. The pie tasted amazing but my texture was off, too soft and not really light and fluffy. I love to bake home made pies, cakes and especially cheesecakes and have great results. I haven’t made Cool Whip type pies before. When I was trying to incorporate the Cool Whip, I really couldn’t be folded in. Was I supposed to defrost and stir it up before incorporating?…maybe then it would have been light and fluffy? I made a homemade graham cracker crust and like I said the taste was amazing. I would like to make the pie again and would appreciate some feedback.

    1. The Cool Whip should be defrosted in the fridge so it is the consistency of whipped cream. Once folded in, everything should look fairly smooth and uniform in color/texture. This would be amazing in a homemade pie crust too!
      I’ve uploaded the video for this recipe into this post so hopefully that will help.

  7. Hi, I made this pie and the there was a bottom layer of jello formed under the mouse. I am not sure what I done wrong do you have any suggestions?

    1. Were your jello and mousse fully incorporated before you poured it into the crust? Did you use the directions on the box to mix the water/jello (the recipe uses less liquid than the box).

  8. I’m sure the substitution questions drive you batty (sorry!) but along with the sugar free jello, do you think it would work with the sugar free cool whip? I have some kids coming to a BBQ with some sugar restrictions and thought I could make one regular and one with less sugar…

  9. It has been a long time since I had a Creamsicle. This pie looks divine, and it so pretty too. Perfect for BBQ season!!

  10. Drooling! I’m seriously drooling over those pictures! Looks divine! Just need to get my hands on Cool Whip! Can’t wait to try it out!

  11. Could I make this in a 9×13 pan & if so what would be the measurements be for the Creamy Creamsicle Pie ? It sounds so good & I love Creamsicle Thanks

  12. I was just looking for some new dessert ideas to try and this really sounds amazing. I think it would get the boys stamp of approval which is always a plus!

  13. Ahhhh! This looks delish, Holly! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!

    1. The orange extract offers a stronger flavor than the juice. If you do use the juice, just be sure there isn’t too much so the pie doesn’t become watery. :)

    2. If you want to use the juice from the orange you are zesting I suggest that you measure it then add water, if needed, to equal the 2/3 cup called for in the recipe. It won’t give the same depth of flavor as extract but would be a good use for the remainder of the orange after zesting.

  14. is it possible to substiture real whipped cream for the cool whip as I don’t like or eat the product? I await your reply,

    1. I wouldn’t try this with whipped heavy cream instead of non-dairy topping. The structure isn’t the same and you may not get the volume you need. Whipping cream tends to break down as well as deflate quickly in such applications. If you are going to try it you may want to refrigerate the gelled mixture until not quite set so that the temperature of it doesn’t melt your whipped cream & I would definitely freeze it as it may not set up properly. Good luck to anyone who attempts it & please do let the rest of us know the result.

      1. Of course you can do it with heavy whipping cream instead When you make the whipped cream you have to make a stabilized whipped cream using Knox Gelatin. It is easy to do and works the same as that nasty Cool Whip and is better for you…not saying healthier, just better!

  15. Thanks for recently linking this delicious recipe to my Tasty Thursdays party. It is being featured in my Fantastic Fruit – Week #4 – Oustanding Oranges post.

    Thanks, Nichi

    1. While I haven’t made this specific pie with sugar free jello, I have made a VERY similar one that worked with sugar free… I find it to be a little bit softer with sugar free so I would recommend serving it frozen!

  16. Found you and this amazingly looking pie thru your feature on Sugar and Dots! What a refreshing dessert for summer. I too love all things dreamsicle and have bookmarked this to try soon.

  17. um…..this looks AMAZINGLY delicious! What’s Cooking Love had this on her Facebook and I had to stop by and thank you for sharing it! I love all things dreamsicle! Following now from The Princess & Her Cowboys :)

  18. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

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