Let’s Cool down With Walt Disney’s Chris’s Cold Pie Recipe

Let's Cool Down With Walt Disney’s Chris’s Cold Pie Recipe Walt Disney Cold Pie

The summer heat is setting in at Walt Disney World, and I thought this would be the perfect time for those of us at home to try a different type of Disney recipe that will cool things down. This is a Walt Disney Family recipe and is reportedly one of Walt’s favorites. Let’s try out this delicious sweet dessert that can be served chilled at your family table from Disney D23.

Walt Disney’s Chris’s Cold Pie Recipe


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 12 cup lemon juice
  • 12 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 14 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. grated lemon rind
  • 1 graham cracker crust (recipe on box)
  • Nutmeg


  1. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks with lemon juice and water just until combined.
  2. Mix gelatin, half the sugar and the salt in the top of a double boiler.
  3. Pour in egg yolk mixture, blending well.
  4. Cook, stirring constantly, over boiling water (water should not touch top section of double boiler) until gelatin dissolves and mixture thickens.
  5. Remove top from boiling water. Stir in lemon rind.
  6. Let set 20 minutes in a bowl filled with ice cubes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove from ice when mixture thickens enough to mound when dropped from a spoon.
  8. Meanwhile, beat egg whites (at room temperature) in a large bowl until soft peaks form when beater is raised.
  9. Gradually add remaining sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition.
  10. Continue beating until stiff peaks form when batter is raised.
  11. Gently fold gelatin mixture into egg whites just until combined.
  12. Turn into pie crust. Dust top with nutmeg and chill several hours. (If desired, omit nutmeg and serve topped with whipped cream.)
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This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. As a reminder, while preparing this recipe, please supervise children who are helping or nearby.

Read more about this dessert and how it came to be a favorite for Walt Disney here.

Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

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