Creamy Lemon Meringue Pie
Creamy Lemon Meringue Pie

Creamy Lemon Meringue Pie

Creamy meringue and zesty filling made with fresh lemon or lime juice are what make this traditional pie delicious!

The Story Behind the Recipe
1 hr
03 hrs 45 min



1 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons cold Land O Lakes® Butter

2 to 3 tablespoons cold water


1 1/4 cups sugar

1/3 cup cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups water

4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (yolks only), beaten

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest


4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (whites only)

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 cup sugar

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 475°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine flour and salt in bowl; cut in 6 tablespoons butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in enough cold water with fork just until flour is moistened. Shape into ball; flatten slightly.

  3. STEP 3

    Roll out ball of dough on lightly floured surface into 12-inch circle. Fold into quarters. Place dough into 9-inch pie pan; unfold, pressing firmly against bottom and sides. Trim crust to 1/2 inch from edge of pan; crimp or flute edge. Prick bottom and sides of crust with fork. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool; set aside.

  4. STEP 4

    Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in 2-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 7-9 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. Boil 1 minute. Gradually stir 1/2 cup sugar mixture into beaten egg yolks with whisk. Gradually stir egg mixture into remaining hot mixture. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 2-3 minutes or until mixture reaches 160°F and is thickened. Whisk in lemon juice, 3 tablespoons butter and lemon zest. Remove from heat; set aside.

  6. STEP 6

    Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in bowl at low speed until foamy. Beat at high speed, gradually adding 1/2 cup sugar, 3-4 minutes or until stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy. Pour hot filling into baked pie shell. Spread meringue over hot filling, completely sealing to edge of crust and mounding slightly in center.

  7. STEP 7

    Bake 25-30 minutes or until meringue reaches 160°F and is lightly browned. Cool at room temperature 1-2 hours. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Store refrigerated.

Tip #1

- Overcooking filling can result in a pie that is runny and won't set up. After stirring egg yolk and filling mixture back into saucepan, check temperature immediately. If it has reached 160°F, immediately whisk in lemon juice, lemon zest and butter and remove from heat.

Tip #2

- For a Lime Meringue Pie, substitute fresh lime juice for fresh lemon juice and grated lime zest for grated lemon zest.


16Fat (mg)
140Cholesterol (mg)
250Sodium (mg)
62Carbohydrates (g)
<1Dietary Fiber
5Protein (g)


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  December 10, 2016

What a beautiful recipe! Perfect! Thank you!

— says C.M.
  June 30, 2016

Can you use a Graham cracker crust with this recipe?

— says Tracy
Test Kitchen Comment July 08, 2016

Hi Tracy, if you have a favorite graham cracker crust recipe that you use, you could definitely try using it! Let us know how it turns out for you.

— says Mallory
  May 25, 2016

One more thing, I forgot to rate this recipe. I give it 10 stars out of 5. lol. No but seriously it was great.

— says Marie
  May 25, 2016

It was great we all enjoyed it. I always like to take a recipe and that sounds good and make my own adjustments to it to see what fantastic outcome I can come up with. As a rule this has not failed me yet. In this case I took your amazing recipe an I like to cut back a bit on the water, not much, just a bit to make room for extra lemon juice and I also use the pulp from the lemons. This adds the greatest flavor to the lemon filling. It is a bit tricky to get all the pulp with those pesky seeds but well worth the effort. Also when making the meringue I add a bit of vanilla to the mixture. I hope people will try this because I know I get the greatest compliments. People love the pulp in the lemon filling.

— says Marie
  April 30, 2016

I've made this several times now - always beautiful.

— says Tara
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