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Orange Cream Dreamy Cast Iron Icebox Pie with orange zest macadamia nuts in a graham cracker crust

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This dreamy no bake Orange Dream Cast Iron Icebox pie has got to be in the top 5 of my all time favorite desserts along with my Key Lime Cast Iron Icebox pie. This orange pie is cold comfort food for your summer taste buds; it’s love in every bite!

A slice of this creamy, crunchy, nutty, citrusy sweet frozen treat will make you feel all is right in the world. I guaranty this Orange Dream Icebox pie will be the topic of conversation for years to come!

Orange Cream Dreamy Cast Iron Icebox Pie with orange zest macadamia nuts in a graham cracker crust
Orange Cream Cast Iron Icebox Pie – what dreams are made off!

The original recipe came from my favorite magazine “Southern Cast Iron” and my most cherished issue “Chill” May/June 2018. This issue is a perfect summertime guide to unforgettable hot weather eats for holidays, weekend barbecues, and everyday summer cooking.

Orange Cream in any form is perfect for all summer holidays especially the NO BAKE form!

Better than sex comes to mind when trying to come up with an accurate description of the joy this treat creates. I swear to everything that is wholly, you and everyone else who has the pleasure of indulging with you will never forget this one!?

Orange Cream Icebox pie with magazine photo
Adapted from Southern Cast Iron Magazine – the “Chill” addition.

Orange Zest Crust could be the best part!

Start by making this yummy crust:

  • 3 cups of crushed graham crackers equals about 3 sleeves of whole crackers.
  • Add all the remaining crust ingredients to the food processor and pulse until all incorporated.

Note: Add more zest if you like your orange flavor strong!

crushed graham crackers with orange zest and sugar in a bowl
Best ever crust!

Cream Cream Pie Filling-this is my other favorite part?

  • While the crust is chill’in, soften the gelatin in the orange juice, heat up for about 20 seconds or until dissolved.
  • Add all the rest of the filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl including the cooled gelatin.
  • Whip on high speed until the cream mixture is thick, dreamy and yummy.
Orange cream pie filling
Dreamy pie filling

Putting it all together.

Scoop the dream into the cold pie crust and sprinkle with remaining orange zest.

Dreamy cream filling in best ever pie crust
This cream mixture would be awesome as a fruit dip!

Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Note: Cast iron skillets can be cumbersome to freeze. I found the perfect spot for this step.

Orange Dream Cast Iron Icebox pies in freezer
Freezing the dream!

Finishing the dream!

I decided not to add the roasted nuts while these froze. I was afraid the nuts would turn out soft when they thawed. So I topped the pie with the roasted nuts, orange slices and curled orange peel before serving.

Finished orange cream cast iron icebox pie
So yummy!

It’s rare in my family (we have a bunch of great cooks) to have one dish that every single person remembers with a smile and a lick of the lips. This is one of those dishes and it needs to be shared and shared and shared. In my opinion it could be the answer to world peace…I kid you not!

Get busy spreading the love?‼

As always,


Note: I’ve made this with white chocolate chips in the filling as well…it turned out great!

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Cast Iron Key Lime Icebox Pie

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookie Bars

Red White and Blueberry Cookies

Crazy Good Lemon Bars

Orange Cream Dreamy Cast Iron Icebox Pie with orange zest macadamia nuts in a graham cracker crust

No Bake Orange Creamsicle Icebox Pie

Creamy No Bake Orange Creamsicle Icebox Pie in a cast iron skillet is out of this world delicious. Perfect for summer barbeques, Father's Day, and Fourth of July!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 469 kcal


Orange Graham Cracker Crust

  • 3 cups graham crackers approx. 3 sleeves
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts
  • 2 Tbsp orange zest or to taste
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp melted butter

Orange Dream Filling

  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 6 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice or bottled orange juice
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1.5 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp orange zest, or to taste divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped, slightly roasted macadamia nuts


Graham Cracker Crust Instructions

  • Using a food processor, process graham crackers into crumbs. If you don't have a food processor, place graham crackers into a large plastic bag and pound them with a meat mallet or rolling pin until crushed.
    3 cups graham crackers
  • Melt the butter in a microwave safe dish for about 45 seconds.
    3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • Add sugar and nuts to the processor. Pulse process until incorporated and nuts are chopped. 
    1/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup macadamia nuts
  • Transfer crushed graham crackers and nuts to a large bowl. Zest about 2 heaping tablespoons of orange. Add the orange zest to the bowl.
    2 Tbsp orange zest
  • With a large fork, slowly add the melted butter to the crumb-zest mixture and mix until all ingredients are moist. 
  • Press the moist crumb mixture into the bottom of a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet or a freezer-safe pie pan. 
  • Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until firm and cold.

Orange Creamsicle Filling

  • Squeeze or press 6 tablespoons of fresh orange juice and mix with 1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin in a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Place in the microwave and heat in 20 second intervals, stirring in between heat session until gelatin is dissolved.
    1 tsp unflavored gelatin, 6 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Pour 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, 1.5 cup confectioner's sugar, almond extract, and 1 cup of sour cream into a large mixing bowl. Add the orange juice-gelatin mixture to the bowl and whip on high speed until the mixture is thick, creamy, and firm.
    2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1.5 cup confectioner's sugar, 1 cup sour cream, 1 tsp almond extract
  • Take the cold graham cracker crust out of the freezer. Scoop the creamsicle mixture into the graham cracker pie crust and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of orange zest. Place orange pie back in the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Roast nuts in single layer on cookie sheet for about 20 mins at 300o . Shake nuts half way through cooking time. Chop nuts when cooled and place in a plastic bag until ready to serve the pie. Note: this step can easily be omitted.
  • Top with orange slices, roasted macadamia nuts, and a few crushed graham cracker crumbs when ready to serve. Dig in!
    2 tbsp orange zest, or to taste, 1/2 cup chopped, slightly roasted macadamia nuts


  • Let the frozen pie sit for about 20 minutes before slicing. A sharp knife dipped in hot water helps with slicing as well.
  • Add more zest if you like more orange flavor.
  • One large orange should measure out to 3 tablespoons of orange zest.
  • ​Do not top pie with roasted nuts before freezing. The nuts will turn out soft when unthawed.
  • Use the bottom of a glass or metal measuring cup to press the crust into the skillet or pie plate. This helps with uniform crust compaction.
  • Instead of making your own graham cracker crust, use a store-bought graham cracker crust. Store-bought doesn't need to be frozen.


Serving: 1gCalories: 469kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 5gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 248mgPotassium: 177mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 1060IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cast Iron, Cold, creamsicle, fathers day, forth of July, graham cracker crust, holidays, icebox pie, mothers day, Orange, summer
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