Icebox pies are a type of pie that requires no baking. Usually, they have a graham cracker or crumb crust that is simply pressed into a pan and chilled, and they are filled with a variety of creamy fillings that set up in the refrigerator or freezer rather than in the oven. As a rule, the pies are easy to make and are a great thing to pull out of the fridge on a hot summer day, even though they are good enough to enjoy all year round. Icebox Pies is a book dedicated to these pies, with over 100 recipes for creamy, cool pies that even bakers with a pie phobia can make without a second thought.
The book starts off with an introduction to icebox pies and an overview of the ingredients and techniques, then follows that up with a whole chapter on the crumb crusts that are the foundation of these pies. There are actually 15 different crusts listed, and most would work well in recipes besides icebox pies, too. The rest of the book is divided up by pie type, including mousse pies, chocolate pies, fruit pies and ice cream pies. While each recipe is different, you can expect to find recipes that use cream cheese, whipped cream and ice cream as primary building blocks for the center of the pie – and you’ll be amazed with the variety of flavors that will come out of the pies in the end.
The beauty of recipes like these is that just about anyone can make them, even kids with a little bit of adult supervision. They’re fun to make and fun to eat, but when you can get everyone involved in making the pies and them decorating them before serving, they’ll be that much more satisfying to eat. That said, don’t think that these are cool-whip pies that only kids will like. There are plenty with sophisticated flavors and textures that would be a hit at any dinner party, too.