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Layered Lemon Pies Recipe

Layered Lemon Pies Recipe

My sister shared this recipe with me and it is simply delicious. The secret to the great flavor is using fresh lemon juice. —Nanette Sorensen, Taylorsville, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. + chilling YIELD:20 servings


  • Pastry for two single-crust pies (9 inches)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • 1. Preheat oven to 450°. Line two 9-in. pie plates with pastry; trim and flute edges. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.
  • 3. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Gently stir in lemon juice, butter, lemon peel, extract and food coloring if desired. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Spread lemon mixture into crusts. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.
  • 4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in milk. Add pudding mix; beat 2 minutes longer. Let stand 2 minutes or until soft-set. Gently spread into pies. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set.
  • 5. For topping, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over tops of pies. Refrigerate until set. Yield: 2 pies (10 servings each).

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 428 calories, 21g fat (13g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 321mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 0g fiber), 4g protein .

Reviews for Layered Lemon Pies

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MY REVIEW 246627
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"My family loved this recipe for Easter dessert! My husband, who is not crazy about Lemon anything had 2 slices! I made this with a Keebler shortbread much easier and tastier than a regular crust. Took advice from other reviewer and added more lemon zest in other layers."

geemarie 241259
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"I am going to make this for my monthly senior luncheon at church. Calorie rich but it is alright to sometimes indulge."

mitzidaryl 237571
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"I don't normally write reviews, but find myself always reading them, so this time here's my review. Wonderful lemon pie. Thought I'd miss the meringue, but did not. I did cut it in half, as there were only 4 of us eating. Ate the last of it tonight and my husband said still delicious. Must make for Thanksgiving with my other pies. Well worth it!!!"

slocook805 226703
Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"I used a deep dish pie crust just because that's what we like and used Meyer lemons. For the 1st layer I increased the grated lemon zest to 2 tsp instead of 1 and omitted the lemon extract. For the second layer I used half and half instead of 2% milk, it always makes a pudding thicker and adds to the richness. For more lemon flavor I added 1 tsp of grated lemon zest. For the topping I substituted the frozen whipped topping (can't stand the stuff) for 1 cup of stiffly beaten heavy cream stabilized with unflavored gelatin and added 1 tsp of grated lemon zest so it was lemony all the way through. We get 6 very nice sized servings out of this but no way would one pie make 10 servings. I've also made the fillings and topping and used 1 cup custard cups when I haven't wanted to fool around with pie crusts, in fact I do that with a lot of these type of pie recipes. You just have to keep the topping in a separate container and top each portion as you are ready to serve it."

Sandyc6348 174256
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"Outstanding!! I have made this several times. I made it for family and other functions. I will make or again. I have put a marng on it. I also put a small jar of marshmallows creme in my whites. Do not add more sugar, beat your whites till they are dry. The marang will stand tall."

Ceege 89279
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"I need a pie recipe for a church function next week. This sounds like the ideal pie to make. Would there be enough ingredients (as stated) to make one large "slab" pie in my sided cookie tin? (Slab pie such as apple or peach). Thanks for any advice you bakers can give me."

Grammy Debbie 106945
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"My absolute favorite lemon pie recipe! This tastes just like a lemon truffle pie I enjoyed at a bakery quite some time ago and have been hungry for ever since! I love the fact that it makes two pies. I've also found out that they freeze quite well which is great for making ahead when you company is coming. This is hands-down the best lemon pie I've ever made or eaten!"

TheCloser2662 93600
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Yum, Yum! I cut this recipe in half and only made one pie for our Easter Brunch, it was such a hit I kicked myself for not making two. My husband who claims to be an expert on Lemon pies said "That this was the best lemon pie he had ever had, and that I could make it for him anytime I wanted!" Others at our Easter feast loved it too. I'll definitely be making this again and again. Thank you Taste of Home and Thank you Nannette for sharing your sister's recipe! Lynne in Stoughton"

melinda1981 176279
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"This site needs a way to cut recipes in half, two pies maybe to much for some people."

shaygri 114166
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"This pie is freakishly delicious. Every time I serve it I have printed copies ready because I know I'm going to be asked. I moved to Mexico and most of my 2000 plus cookbooks are in storage but I made sure this made the trip south of the border. Thanks Nanette you did good."

AngieMB32 89274
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"I married into a pie eating family, and this has become everyone's favorite pie... which is kind of a big deal! I make them all the time!"

yucca2 176278
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"Love the flavor of this pie, however, the second layer is way to thick!!. I would add atleast one more cup of milk, w/pudding, so that it would spread."

M.Simons 174881
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"I planned to make it for Xmas, but hate to make a new recipe if I'm not sure how it will turn out. Did a "dry run" yesterday and OMG - the best lemon pie I've ever eaten."

DThayer 89256
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"My whole family just loves the pie and asks me to make it on all the holidays and it may sound complicated but it is super simple to make, and taste Great."

MY REVIEW 209988
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"Very cool and loved it."

coopgirl703 157991
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"Very good, lemony, creamy pie. I suggest not letting the first layer cool too much or it will be difficult to spread. Whisk it one last time right before trying to spread to ensure a smooth consistency. For the second layer, I suggest not letting it sit for two minutes but instead spreading it immediately onto the first layer. Again, much easier to spread. And lastly, I added a little bit of lemon extract to the third layer to have the flavor in all three layers as another reviewer suggested. I think I'll add a tiny bit of yellow color to that layer and then put dollops of cool whip on top of each slice and top with a raspberry or a few blueberries and some lemon curls. Mmmm!"

mandorac 174880
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"Delicious!! Refreshing on such a hot day."

ronjon3 176277
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"I can't believe TOH kitchen tested this. Not worth the time and $."

beckypemberton 162886
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"This pie is quite involved, but the steps are timed out to where you can clean up the previous step and then prepare the next one...important in my book. The flavor is very fresh and I got many compliments on it. Also, I used a beater to mix the whipped topping in the last step and it came out very smooth and creamy. Delicious!"

keepinyouinstitches 106942
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"I had two gatherings in one week, so this was perfect because it is already doubled. It was easy to make and everybody loved it, I only had a couple of small pieces left each time (and that was because the first gathering there were only six of us and the other gathering we had a second dessert as well). I got several requests for the recipe adn will definitely make it again! It wasn't hard and it wasn't too strong on the lemony flavor, it was perfect!"

Suep2012 141798
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"This was delicious. I took it to our Bible study and was asked for the recipe 4 times. Can you use Real Whipping Cream instead of Cool Whip?"

judithhirschel 101385
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"Since making this pie it is the one I always make!"

sgfilippo 105325
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"My husband and I loved this pie! Can't wait to make it for the rest of the family!"

bunkysbaker 101348
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"I love this pie! The topping is especially good for other uses like making a strawberry shortcake, it is more stable than whipping cream and lasts a lot longer in the frig.This pie also keeps very well in the frig without breaking down too soon."

RhondaK65 93595
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"Wow this one is a keeper! It is time consuming, but for a special occasion it is perfect!"

patde 176275
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"I made this pie last week it was perfect the flavor and texture was spot on a new favorite thanks for sharing."

Christyma 101345
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2011

"Fabulous! A real hit everywhere I take it. I like to make it in a 10 inch pan so it is deeper. You only get one pie but I like a thick filing."

atrimmer 89235
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"Have had rave reviews for this pie. It freezes well, too!"

mamasweetrolls 105324
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011

"light, delicious, and summery!"

misnerk 89192
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"My husband and I agree, this is the best pie we have ever had. I surprised him with the pie and I think his first bite was priceless."

lelamcnutt 93593
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"I have made this recipe 3 times and it is great. I put real lemon juice in it and I also put lemon juice in every layer to give it a tangy taste."

Guidopuppy 141796
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"I was looking for a recipe for TANGY lemon pie. This is not it! This recipe is good and the pie is very creamy, if that's what you are looking for.....but it doesn't have a TANGY lemon flavor."

mrichards1993 106938
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"I made this recipe for Easter dinner. It was time consuming, and my bottom layer didn't set up very well, but it was still a hit. I will definitely make this again. I found that the second layer was a little hard to spread, but I plan on piping it on the next time that I make it. Great recipe!"

lisasclark 162881
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Family loved this. My third layer didn't look as pretty as the picture, so maybe next time I'll increase the cool whip."

loveroflemons 106799
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"Love this recipe!!! It does takea bit of time to make, but it is well worth it. I took one of the pies to work and they loved it, everyone wanted the recipe."

RBenner 157990
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"I halved all ingredients to make just one pie. I used one egg yolk and a wee bit more lemon juice. The first layer didn't set quite right. Could one of those things be the reason?? The flavor is GREAT! Polly"

Reba22 114165
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"One of the best pies we've ever had"

prettywoman17 141795
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"I have made it twice..a success and delicious both times. Worth the work! Heavenly!"

chefBoy-R-P 105323
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"This pie was awesome~!!! I kept one and gave one to the couple next door. They said they loved it so much, they just left a fork in the pan, and every time they walked by the fridge, they just helped themselves to a bite or two! thanks, TOH!!!"

grossmom5 174876
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"It was good but the second layer was a little tough to spread."

sandi1952 141794
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010


chefBoy-R-P 141793
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"this pie was awesome! A little work, but definatly worth it!!! I added toasted lemon zest to the top, what an awesome treat! thanks TOH!"

Beancounter_FL 114142
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"Absolutely wonderful ! The best lemon pie you will ever eat ! I used the premade Keebler Shortbreat crusts. They are smaller, so I had to reduce CoolWhip to 8 oz in the topping, but no change in taste. Definitely a keeper & so easy, even my hubby can make it !"

ErCynthia 141792
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"This is a AWESOME lemon pie!! My friends now request it often."

Joan44 157988
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2010

"The best!!!! I love to try new recipes. This one is a keeper. I'll never try a new lemon pie recipe again after this one."

PennyRae 114140
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"This is the most incredible lemon pie I have ever tasted!"

monjean 89167
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2010

"Best dessert I have EVER made. Loved it. It was a bit time-consuming because of all the steps, but not hard. Definitely making it again!"

gramagail 174862
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"Have made it several times. My family loves it. Even my picky granddaughter likes it."

cgymomof4 174255
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"Liked that it made 2 pies. From the first time I made it, I have had several requests for the recipe."

lid0n28 101342
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

"Excellent. Made them for Easter and everyone marveled about them. my close friend said I should make them for her every week! Dave"

fayelinda 105322
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2010

"I'm kind of known for my pies and have been making them for 50 years. This one is now my new "best"!"

Cyndi1 114129
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"Sometimes these layered pies have separation problems if made the day before. If you made this early, were there any problems? Thanks, Cyndi"

Mary121 157987
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

"This is a great receipe! Taste is great AND it is easy to make. I froze one and it worked very well also. I am making them again for Easter."

sackerma 141789
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"I plan to make this for Easter dinner. This is delicious! I am not a fan of meringue and this is a great lemon pie without the meringue. I too made only one the first time and it was very easy to split the recipe. YUM!!"

markmichellepuma 176217
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"so delicious!!! I'm not a huge fan of lemon merguine pie, but this recipe makes me a lemon lover! And how great it makes 2, you can take one to share and keep one at home! I have made just 1 and splitting the recipe works fine."

dinahb 114128
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"First time I have ever made a lemon pie from scratch and I did a fabulous job because this recipe is just wonderful! Easy to follow directions and the taste is yummy!"

terrieannm 114125
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"This is a great pie. Everyone loved it in my family. Thought it was going to be hard to make but went together quick and easy. Love this pie. Thanks"

lward0906 173095
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"This was delicious! Light and perfect after a spicy meal or in the summer time with a glass of tea! It does take some time though.."

jlabird219 141788
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"Was excellent and not difficult to make."

Busy Lizzy 105312
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"I had 13 for dinner and made four of these pies. They were absolutely magnificent both in taste and presentation. They were not difficult to make but they are time consuming but worth every effort you put into them. I can't wait to make them again and I'll sit back and listen to the oohs and aahs . Thank you for a great recipe"

dianebelldreitzler 105310
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"I like the topping so much better than merainge"

deniset1 173091
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"This is absolutley one of the best lemon pies I have ever eaten. Not to tart not to sweet and easy to make Refreshing"

jackpat 141787
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"My husband just loves anything lemon and this pie is lusciously rich with lemon flavor. He really loved this pie."

Pat Vellino 106798
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"My daughter loves lemon thought I would surprise her with this pie. She LOVED it, her boyfriend who doesn't care for lemon had two huge pieces. I'll be keeping this recipe on hand."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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