This no-bake cool and creamy Kool-Aid Pie with Cream Cheese takes only moments to prepare, and everyone loves it! It's the perfect summertime dessert!!
This simple yet extremely delicious Kool-Aid Pie was inspired by one I'd seen someone make on YouTube.
I'd only watched their video once, and never wrote down the ingredients. You'd have thought that was a mistake waiting to happen. But as it turns out it was a delicious blessing.
**Please Note - The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Kool-Aid Pie with cream cheese is available at the end of this post. Or you can hit the "jump to recipe" button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.
When I decided I wanted to recreate the pie I'd seen on YouTube, I didn't follow their ingredient list (because I couldn't remember it). While I was at the store purchasing my ingredients, I got what I "thought" I remembered. I was mistaken, but the results are completely DELICIOUS anyway!!
Check out the full YouTube video below of how my orange Kool-Aid Pie came together:
A delicious summer menu:
I'd made this orange cream no-bake pie for an outdoor gathering we were having to celebrate Father's Day. It was the perfect end to a delicious dinner where the main course were these super simple to make SLOW-ROASTED BABY BACK RIBS, along with some roasted BACON AND ONION HERBED POTATOES I cooked on the grill.
But I made sure to tell everyone to save room for dessert, and you'd better too!
The easy ingredient list:
Important tips for making a successful frozen Kool-Aid pie with cream cheese:
- Make sure the 8 ounce package of cream cheese is at room temperature before blending.
- Start the blender on low after adding the confectioners sugar to avoid a confectioners sugar cloud burst.
- Using fresh citrus zest will enhance the flavor of your pie.
- Use two packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid for the best flavor.
- Folding is your friend. Take your time to gently fold the cool whip into the flavored cream cheese mixture until there are no longer any white cool whip streaks.
- Smooth the pie filling evenly into the prepared graham cracker crust.
- Allow at least 4 hours of freezer time before serving.
- Remove the pie from the freezer for about 10 minutes before slicing. Any longer will make it difficult to serve in pretty wedges.
What about substitutions and variations?
If you know me, then you know I'm all about playing with recipes to make them your own. Substitutions are great, if you're so inclined to make them. Here are a few of my tips and suggestions:
Use whatever flavor of Kool-Aid you like best. However, if you have (or use) sweetened Kool-Aid I caution you not to add any additional sugar until you taste the filling, and then (if needed), add the confectioners sugar (by tablespoons) until you reach your desired sweetness.
Lemonade drink mix will also work. Just don't forget to add the fresh lemon zest for that fresh lemon flavor, and remember to watch the amount of sugar you use if you're using pre-sweetened drink mix.
Cherry Kool-Aid would be delicious, and I would even suggest folding in some fresh chopped (pitted, of course) cherries into the filling before freezing.
Lime would be yummy with fresh lime zest, and of course grape would be fun with fresh chopped grapes in the filling as well.
As you can see, the delicious possibilities are endless!
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- hand mixer or stand mixer
- measuring cups and spoons
- large mixing bowl
How long can this orange cream pie be stored in the fridge?
Honestly, I doubt you'll have this amazing no-bake cream pie around long enough to even worry about that, but should you have leftovers you can cover them loosely and store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's creamy no-bake pie that tastes just like an orange creamsicle.
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KOOL-AID PIE with CREAM CHEESE
- 1 deep dish prepared graham cracker pie crust
- 2 packages (.15 ounces, each) unsweetened orange flavored Kool-Aid
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- ¾ cup confectioners sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 container (16 ounces) prepared whipped topping
- 1 container (8 ounces) prepared whipped topping,
- 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest plus additional for garnish on top
- In a large bowl blend together the room temperature cream cheese, the two packages of Kool-Aid, vanilla extract, orange zest, and the confectioners sugar until creamy.
- Use a spatula to gently fold the 16 ounce container of whipped topping into the Kool-Aid and cream cheese mixture until no white streaks are visible. This will take a few minutes so be patient.
- Spoon the filling into the prepared graham cracker pie shell and use a spatula to smooth into an even layer.
- Spoon the smaller container of whipped topping over the cream cheese layer swirl or smooth it as you like.
- Garnish the top of the pie with additional orange zest (if desired). Cover loosely and freeze for a minimum of 4 hours before serving.
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