Frozen Margarita Custard Pie

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Frozen Margarita Custard Pie

Happy almost Cinco de Mayo, friends! I’ve got one more offering for you. Starting Wednesday, I’ll be all about Mother’s Day. Gotta love the warm holiday season!

Seriously, can we get more holidays like this into the books? I love Cinco de Mayo. It’s just great food and great weather and friends. Mother’s Day is also pretty cool. But first things first. Who can resist a margarita?

Frozen Margarita Custard Pie

I still remember discovering margaritas. There was a restaurant a few blocks away from my D.C. apartment, and they had a brilliant sales plan. In order to keep people waiting for tables happy (and there was always a huge wait on weekends, up to two hours), they’d keep the margarita slushy machines moving with frozen margaritas. Some were plain, some strawberry, and the best ones (my favorite) were swirly. Swirled margaritas are just a true pleasure. They came in tall beer mugs with plenty of salt.

Frozen Margarita Custard Pie

Oh, those irresponsible days, slurping away and eating chips with queso dip, enjoying warm spring nights. Now if I drink a margarita, I pay for it when somebody small wakes me up way too early the next morning. So while I still indulge occasionally I can’t do it much. Instead, I’ve incorporated non-alcoholic margarita flavors into this awesome custard pie.

Recently, Edy’s (they’re called Dreyer’s in other states) premiered a frozen custard line. The second I saw a container in the freezer section, the light bulbs started going off everywhere in my brain.

Frozen Margarita Custard Pie

One of the first things I wanted to do with the custard was incorporate it into a frozen pie. And what better way to begin than with margarita? Now, there is no margarita in here. I mean, no tequila, no margarita. That simple. But the sentiment is there!

You begin with my tricked-out graham cracker crust, which has white chocolate chips melted into the base. Plenty of lime zest, lime juice, and custard later, you’re ready to roll.

Frozen Margarita Custard Pie

This custard softens quickly, which makes it an ideal base for the pie. It’s as basic as baking gets. The lime zest and lime juice play against the sweet custard perfectly, and the graham cracker base provides the same addictive crunch that those little cookie pieces in the best ice cream cakes incorporate.

Frozen Margarita Custard Pie

There are so many options for Cinco de Mayo, but it should be a holiday that comes with ease and sunshine, not hard work and hours in a hot kitchen. This recipe is easy, cool and quick. When you’re done, you might even have time for a real frozen margarita.

Frozen Margarita Custard Pie

And if you can’t get your margaritas the traditional way, there’s always frozen custard. In hot weather, it’s just as good, if not better. Have a great holiday, and I’ll be back Wednesday with a super easy Mother’s Day recipe that anyone, even a child, can bake. And it’s impressive! How’s that for a cliffhanger?


Frozen Margarita Custard Pie


1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 container Edy's vanilla frozen custard, softened (but not melted)
2 tablespoons lime zest
1/2 cup lime juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a nine or ten-inch pie plate with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and white chocolate. Stir until smooth. Mix in the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar until the crumbs are moist. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie plate, being sure that you pack the crust tightly with your fingers.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.
  4. When the crust is cool, make the pie filling. Using a wooden spoon, mix all the filling ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined.
  5. Scrape the custard into the crust and smooth out the top. Place into the freezer for at least one hour.
  6. Store in the freezer. Slice into wedges and serve.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh what a great idea, Mir! I actually just bought some of that frozen custard this weekend, but I bought the peanut butter pie kind. This margarita pie looks amazing! Absolutely love this!
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    1. Mir

      Oooh, now I’ve got to get the PB kind! Thanks, Gayle!

  2. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – This is my kind of dessert. I can’t pass up the opportunity for lime flavored anything. Margaritas are on my top favorite drinks list. I have a feeling that I’ll be drinking a few on Tuesday. 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I hope you do, Erin! Today is the day to drink margaritas! And eat pie. 🙂

  3. mira

    Love margaritas! This pie is so easy to make Mir! Awesome idea! Pinned to try it! Perfect for the coming holidays and summer!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks for pinning, Mira! I’m big into ice cream pie from here through August!

  4. Heather - Butter & Burlap

    This just looks amazing! My mouth is watering for pie at 8am haha. It’s going to be a hot week down south so this is a perfect way to cool those hot temperatures. Who’s ready for summer?! Great recipe!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Heather! I always want pie. It’s a great way to start the day! 😉

  5. Danielle

    Now this looks amazing! Margarita in pie form = a winner! I so wish I had a slice of this for breakfast right about now 😉
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Danielle! I’m trying to avoid the freezer…

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I love your photos!!! that shot of the lime zest is gorgeous!!! and I love this! what a great idea! And you’re right . . Cinco de Mayo recipes should be relatively easy. . and one should always have a margarita in hand while cooking. Cinco de Mayo rules. 🙂 Hope you have a great one tomorrow!!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Alice! I am very flattered, because your pics are jaw-dropping. I wish I had a margarita in hand while cooking always! Though it might make for stranger outcomes…

  7. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Delicious! Love this custard pie. Easy recipes for the win! YAY! 😀
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! Easy is good!

  8. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I love margaritas in any form, Mir! This pie looks so gorgeous and refreshing! I haven’t seen the Ed’s custard yet, but I sure will be looking for it now! Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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    1. Mir

      It’s very creamy and seriously good, Rachelle! You have to go get some!

  9. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Oh my gosh I love that you made this frozen. AMAZING!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Dorothy! It’s not like a margarita unless it’s frozen!

  10. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Yayyyy no bake! This looks awesome and sooo tropical… ahem, is it summer break yet? APs can just leave, thanks!
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    1. Mir

      APs can totally leave, Medha. But I’m an AP teacher, so feeling done with it! I need summer break, stat. This helps!

  11. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    This is such a great idea, although I think a little tequila would go really well in this 😉
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  12. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    This looks amazing!!! Yum! Love that you made it in a pie for and I love all that lime zest!! Gotta make this asap! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Cyndi! Lime zest makes everything better!

  13. Erin@WellPlated

    I love how much fresh lime zest you put in here. I bet the flavor really pops!
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    1. Mir

      The more zest, the better! It plays really well against the sweet custard. Thanks, Erin!

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