With all that pink inspiration from yesterday's Pretty in Pink party theme I just couldn't resist in carrying on the pink theme through today. This pink lemonade pie is super easy to make, beyond delicious and the best part is that it does not require any baking!! I found this recipe from The Prepared Pantry.
This treat is broken down into 3 parts: the crust, the filling and the topping. 

The Crust
   - 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
   - 1/4 cup sugar
   - 4 tbs butter
1. Mix the crumbs, sugar and butter until the mixture is uniform in a 9 in pie pan or spring form pan. 
2. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and up the sides in a nice even layer to form the crust. 
3. If you want a crispier crust you can choose to bake this for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. 
4. Once baked, remove from oven and set aside to cool.

The Filling
   - 1 8oz packet of cream cheese, softened
   - 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
   - 3/4 cup pink lemonade concentrate (not mixed with water)
   - 2 tbs lemon juice
   - red food coloring
1. In a large bowl soften the cream cheese with an electric mixer. 
2. While mixing, slowly pour in the sweetened condensed milk, scraping the bowl as you go.
3. Once milk is fully blended, continue mixing while slowly adding the lemonade concentrate and lemon juice.
4. While ingredients are all blending add the desired amount of food coloring to create the pink color.
5. Once mixed, pour the filling into the pie shell and place it into the freezer.

The Topping
   * If you choose to buy a premade whipped topping skip down to step #2.
   - 1/3 cup shredded coconut
   - red food coloring
   - 1 cup whipping cream
   - 3 tbs sugar
   - 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream until stiff while adding the sugar and vanilla in the process.
2. When the pie filling is slightly stiff on top, gently spoon the topping onto the pie.
3. To garnish place the coconut in a ziplock bag, add a drop of food coloring, and shake until it turns pink.
4. Place the pie back into the freezer. When the pie is completely firm it is ready to serve!

This pie is great to serve during the summer, but you can also change up the colors to coordinate it to any holiday during the year. You can keep the same mixture and change the food coloring color or you can also change the type of concentrate and flavoring to make your own flavor creations. Another twist that you can take on this recipe is to turn these into cupcakes. The possibilities are endless! 

Are you going to make one of these easy, no-bake pies? Let me know what combination you choose to create!



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