Lemon Meringue Desserts Recipe
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Lemon Meringue Desserts Recipe

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These pretty individual dessert cups are cute as can be—and yummy too. A sweet and fluffy golden meringue tops the pudding that's rich with lemony flavor. —Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 5 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 5 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 227 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (0g sugars, trace fiber), 3g protein


  1. Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a small saucepan, combine 2/3 cup sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in lemon juice. butter and peel. Pour into four 6-oz. custard cups; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Immediately spread meringue over lemon mixture, sealing edges to sides of cups. Bake at 375° for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Meringue Desserts in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p31

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"That was simple to make.. Spatula leftovers were so yummy!!! Do I have to refrigerate until dinnertime?"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"I loved this. I made it with these gorgeous meyer lemons that I bought in bulk at Costco. It had everything I love about lemon meringue pie without the fattening crust. Will make this again. Maybe today."

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