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Homemade Lemon Cheese Pie Recipe

Homemade Lemon Cheese Pie Recipe

Your guests will never dream that this scrumptious pie, created by our Test Kitchen staff, is lighter. It is the perfect make-ahead dessert for any festive occasion.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3 to 4 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup reduced-fat whipped topping

Directions

  • 1. Lightly roll out pastry into a 12-in. circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate, reserving scraps for garnish. Flute edges. Line unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. Roll out pastry scraps to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out star shapes with 1-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until very thick. Remove from the heat; stir in butter, lemon peel and food coloring if desired. Gently stir in 1/2 cup lemon juice. Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  • 4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping and remaining lemon juice. Spread into crust; top with lemon filling. Refrigerate for 6 hours or until the top is set. Garnish with pastry stars. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One piece equals 341 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 431 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.