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Frozen Orange Creamsicle Pie with a Pretzel Crust

A creamsicle-like orange filling is perfectly complemented by a sweet and salty pretzel crust in this delightful frozen pie that’s ideal for welcoming (or dreaming about) warmer weather!

Frozen Orange Creamsicle Pie with a Pretzel Crust | FiveHeartHome.com This Friday happens to be March 14 — or 3.14 — otherwise known as Pi Day. So since I’m a nerd to celebrate, I made you a pie!

But this isn’t just any pie. Like many of you, I’m ready for to bid farewell to winter for good! Thus, I decided to create a chilly, citrus-infused pie reminiscent of one of my favorite summertime treats. If we think warm thoughts, warm weather is sure to follow, right?

Frozen Orange Creamsicle Pie with a Pretzel Crust | FiveHeartHome.comIf you’re a fan of creamsicles, I’m willing to bet you will love this pie! I decided to translate those tangy orange popsicles — with their sweet vanilla ice cream interiors — into a pie filling incorporating fresh whipped cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar, orange juice concentrate, and vanilla. And then, because I’m a fan of a little salty with my sweet, I thought it would be tasty to pair my filling with a pretzel pie crust.

Frozen Orange Creamsicle Pie with a Pretzel Crust | FiveHeartHome.comApparently I have a thing for citrus pie fillings and pretzel crusts, although truth be told, I could eat a bowl of crushed pretzels, sugar, and butter with a spoon and be perfectly content. Adding actual pie filling at that point is merely a bonus.

Before I get on with this oh-so-simple recipe, I feel obligated to mention that my Creamsicle Pie photo shoot was cut short when this happened:

IG-Pie-Fail_600pxIf you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen this catastrophe. I’m not referring to the catastrophe of my unfortunate Instagram filter choice, which made my oranges look like lemons. Noooo, after snapping a few shots of my whole, unblemished pie, I wanted to take some pictures of an individual slice of pie. Alas, when I lifted that perfect slice out with my pie server, it slid off the server and plopped upside-down, right on top of the rest of the pie.

So please humor me by pretending that I’ve just inserted a photo of an individual slice of pie, beckoning you to take a bite.

And now I’ve positioned that slice with the pie plate in the background, showcasing the missing piece, as sunlight streams through the window and birds chirp a spring-like tune (I know you wouldn’t actually be able to hear the birds through a photo, but you’re using your imagination here, right? So bear with me.).

And now there’s a fork on the plate with a bite missing from the slice. Okay, maybe two bites.

And now…you can stop pretending.

I appreciate you humoring me, friends! And I apologize for asking you to rely on your imagination for a moment there, though I must admit that you saved me considerable time this evening editing that many more photos. ;)

Before we go, here’s one more real picture to thank you for your troubles.

Frozen Orange Creamsicle Pie with a Pretzel Crust | FiveHeartHome.comHappy Pi Day later this week! Even a non-math aficionado like myself can appreciate this kind of pi celebration. ;)

Frozen Orange Creamsicle Pie with a Pretzel Crust

Frozen Orange Creamsicle Pie with a Pretzel Crust

A creamsicle-like orange filling is perfectly complemented by a sweet and salty pretzel crust in this delightful frozen pie that's ideal for welcoming (or dreaming about) warmer weather!

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 5 ounces salted pretzels, finely crushed in a blender or food processor
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream, orange slices, and mini pretzels (for garnishing), if desired

Directions

    For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix together pretzel crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely.
  2. For the filling:
  3. Pour heavy cream into a large bowl along with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and vanilla. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream until stiff peaks form. Scrape whipped cream into a separate bowl and set aside.
  4. Without cleaning mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar until smooth. Blend in orange juice concentrate and beat until well incorporated. Gently fold 1/4 of whipped cream into orange juice mixture. Repeat with remaining whipped cream, working 1/4 at a time and taking care not to overmix.
  5. Pour filling into cooled pie shell and smooth top. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving to allow to soften slightly for slicing. Garnish with fresh whipped cream, orange slices, and/or mini pretzels, if desired.
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  1. Debbie Caraballo says:

    This sounds delicious! I’ve always loved the flavor of creamsicles. (Dreamsicles, when I was growing up)…and don’t worry about your mishap – I dropped an entire peanut butter pie right on it’s head on the way out the door to a party. It was covered, of course, so I picked it up, put it back in the fridge, and we ate it later with a spoon. Of course, I wasn’t trying to take pics either!
    Have a great day!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Oh my, Deb…your story made me laugh! I’m glad your pie was covered and I’m sure it still tasted great! ;) And I do hope you get to try this pie! I’ve called those popsicles both Creamsicles & Dreamsicles as well…I’m not sure which term came first? Happy Friday!

  2. You are invited to share this with Show Your Stuff.

  3. Yummy! I love dreamsicles, and a pretzel crust is so nice! I love using gluten free recipes, and gluten free pretzels aren’t that hard to come by. Thanks for sharing via Six Sisters Stuff link party!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re very welcome, Anne! Thanks for stopping by…I hope you enjoy the pie, and I’m so glad you’re able to adapt it to be gluten-free! :)

  4. Hi Samantha! This looks amazing…I know that I would love the salty-sweet combination of the pretzel crust and the citrus pie. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Blair! I love the different flavors going on in this pie, with sweet, tart, and salty all being represented. :) I hope you enjoy it if you have a chance to try it, and I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  5. Mmmm….I can just imagine how this tastes! Your pics are amazing even with the one little disaster :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha ha, Julie…thanks! I’m just glad I took a few pics before the disaster. When I completely mess up a recipe intended for a blog post, I usually don’t have the stamina to make it all over again! ;)

  6. Samantha, I love creamsicles! This is such a gorgeous pie!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Gloria! I love them, too, and it was fun turning those flavors into a pie! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. this looks amazing!!! I love the new look of your blog :-)
    CAthy

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Cathy! I’m still making a few tweaks (it takes forever to get it all just right!), but at least everything is back in the right place for now. :) Thanks for stopping by…hope you’re having a great week!

  8. Be still my heart. This pie. Oh my heavens. I just have to try it! It has all the best of summer in a pretzel crust! Pinning to my dessert board! Thanks Samantha for another great recipe!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you for the sweet comment and the pin, Jen! I know…I was trying to think warm spring thoughts and I jumped right to summer! No matter…I’ll happily eat this pie all year ’round. ;) Thanks for stopping by…hope your week is going well!

  9. gorgeous! and your photography is stunning

  10. This looks so dang good! And pretty too!! I love orange cream, thanks for sharing!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Kacey! I love anything with the orange cream flavors as well. I hope you enjoy this pie if you have a chance to try it! :)

  11. I am new to following your site. So I didn’t know you were a bit kinky about pretzel crusts. Ha! I had orange cream sickle yogurt last night and surprised myself how much I liked it. It was kind of startling to
    see this recipe right on the heels of that. You did a spectacular job at decorating pie. It looks mighty fine, but doable for those of us who might be less talented.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Carol! If you enjoyed that creamsicle yogurt, I bet you will love this pie! And yes, I do adore a pretzel crust. ;) Thanks also for your kind words about my decorating skills. I leave a lot to be desired when it comes to piping, so I have to embellish my plops of whipped cream with garnishes — ha! Hope you’re having a great week!

  12. Even with the photo flop, it looks gorgeous :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so sweet, Liv…thank you! It still tasted good, even if it was ugly. ;) Happy Friday!

  13. I’m with you, salty AND sweet together… soooo good! This sounds amazing. I’m such a citrus-girl. Can’t wait to try it. Pinned!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Mariel! If you like salty, sweet, *and* citrus, I have a feeling you’d enjoy this pie. ;) I appreciate you stopping by and pinning! Hope you have a great weekend!

  14. This pie looks so good. We always have chicken pot pie on Pi Day. Hello from Live Laugh Linky.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I love that idea, Melissa…I’m going to have to remember to make chicken pot pie for Pi Day next year! And then a sweet pie for dessert, of course…ha! Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  15. 5 ounces of pretzels…do you mean before or after you crushed them? I’m literally in the middle of making this crust and have measured out 2/3 cup of crushed pretzels, and this doesn’t look like enough to make a crust with :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Amber! 5 ounces *by weight*…not measured in a liquid measuring cup! So yes, it will be more than 2/3 cup. I’m sorry that I’m not home right now to tell you how much 5 ounces is equivalent to in a measuring cup. But if you look at the total weight of your bag of pretzels and try to estimate 5 ounces of that, it should get you close. Hope that helps and wasn’t too late! :)

      • Just in time, Samantha! Thank goodness my kid was throwing a fit :) Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

        • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

          I’m so glad you got my reply in time, Amber…sometimes there’s a silver lining to those tantrums! ;) Hope you enjoyed your pie!

  16. Hi Samantha: I too remember Creamsicles & Dreamsicles from when I was a kid. They were my favorite ‘treat on a stick’, so I was happy to find your recipe for Frozen Orange Creamsicle Pie. Since I’m always looiking for even the tinyest way to cut fat & calories, I’m wondering if step #2 could be eliminated, and if I can use a tub of ‘lite’ whipped topping instead, and then mix in the rest of the ingredients? I’m very anxious to make this pie, but I don’t want to ruin it. What do you think? BTW, I love your blog, and I’ll check in often.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Angela! Sorry about my delayed reply…it’s been a busy few days, but I hope I’m not too late answering your question! I haven’t tried making this pie with a tub of whipped topping, but I have seen other similar recipes using that instead of fresh whipped cream and I am pretty certain that it would work just fine. I hope it turns out well if you try it! Thanks so much for the question and your kind words about my blog…hope you’re having a great weekend!

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