A Cool and Delicious Raspberry Cream Pie Recipe for Pi Day

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Happy pi day!  Any excuse to eat pie is a good one, in my opinion.  What better way to celebrate than by sharing this cool and delicious, no-bake, raspberry cream pie recipe.

Slice of three layer raspberry cream pie on a white plate with a fork.  The rest of the pie is in the background.

It also has a graham cracker crust, and oh boy, do I LOVE those.  My youngest daughter actually did most of the cooking for this raspberry pie, as part of her science fair project this year.  Her question was, "I built a computer powered by a Raspberry Pi device; can I measure electricity generated by a real raspberry pie?"  Pie based science!  I'm pretty proud of my parenting that lead to this moment.  ;-)

ingredients for graham cracker crust recipe (butter, sugar, graham cracker crumbs) displayed on a wooden cutting board on a marble surface.

Graham Cracker Crust Recipe:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted

Little girl using a meat tenderizing mallet to crush graham crackers in a gallon sized ziplock bag.

Niamh crushed the graham crackers and mixed together the crust ingredients.

Little girl using a metal cup measure to press graham cracker crumbs into a pyrex pie plate.

She pressed it into a deep pie plate, and baked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.  Let the pie crust cool completely.

Ingredients for the cream layer of a raspberry cream pie (cream cheese, cool whip, powdered sugar) displayed on a wooden cutting board on a marble surface.

Cream Layer Ingredients for the Raspberry Cream Pie:

  • 1 8 ounce container of Cool Whip
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Cream layer of a three layer raspberry cream pie in the graham cracker crust.  Pie plate on marble surface.

Beat the cream cheese layer ingredients together, and spread in the cooled pie crust.

Ingredients for the raspberry top layer of a raspberry cream pie (corn starch, sugar, raspberries, corn syrup) displayed on a marble surface

Raspberry Layer Ingredients for Raspberry Cream Pie Recipe:

  • 6 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 12 ounce bag of frozen raspberries, thawed (don't discard the juice)
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar (I'd reduce to 1/2 cup next time)
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Raspberry layer of a raspberry cream pie being cooked in a 4 quart saucepan on a gas stove, being stirred with a whisk.

Combine raspberry layer ingredients together in a saucepan, and cook over medium heat until the mixture turns from opaque to more translucent and thickens.  This takes about eight or so minutes.  Stir with a whisk constantly during this process, and be sure not to let the mixture boil.  Slow and steady is what this recipe needs.

Raspberry layer of a raspberry cream pie spread out to cool on a sheet pan with a green spatula

Let the thickened raspberry mixture cool completely.  I spread it in a thin layer on a sheet pan and stuck it in the fridge to help it cool down more quickly.

Top view of a raspberry cream pie with graham cracker crust in a pyrex pie plate on a marble surface.

Top the pie with the chilled raspberry mixture, and refrigerate the entire pie for at least two hours before serving.

Whole raspberry cream pie on a white surface with zinc and copper rods inserted in the pie and connected with wires to a small LED clock for a science fair project

We did manage to get a tiny bit of measurable energy out of the Raspberry pie, in case you were wondering.  Not enough to light up the LED lightbulb, but enough to produce a chirp from the sound emitter.

Little girl with messy hair eating a bite of raspberry cream pie against a white floral backdrop.

Plus, we got to eat pie at the end!  It was very tasty, but too sweet for my tastes.  I wanted more bright raspberry flavor.  The next time I make this pie, I'm going to reduce the sugar to 1/2 a cup in the raspberry layer.  I'm also going to borrow a technique from my mom's AMAZING strawberry ice cream sauce topping, and add some fresh berries just about a minute from the end of the cook time.  That should add more of the bright berry flavor I'm craving!

Want a free, printable, one page version of this recipe?  Here you go:  Printable Raspberry Cream Pie Recipe

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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