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Lemon Meringue Pie Cookies

Here's a way to have the refreshing flavor of lemon meringue pie in a hand-held cookie. The meringue base is filled with homemade lemon curd. They are a refreshing treat. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + standing
  • Makes
    5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • LEMON CURD:
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add vanilla and cream of tartar; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a #24 star tip. Fill bag with meringue. Pipe 1-in. circles 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Pipe one or two circles over the edge of the base, forming sides.
  • Bake at 300° for 25 minutes or until set and dry. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, whisk the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest until blended. Add butter; cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a metal spoon. Transfer to a small bowl; cool for 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  • Just before serving, spoon lemon curd into the center of cookies. Refrigerate leftovers.
To Make Ahead: Prepare the meringues a few days before. Store in an airtight container. Lemon curd can be made the day before serving. Cover and refrigerate.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 38 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 11mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.
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  • KaththeaWilson
    Dec 2, 2019

    I first made these 2 years ago for something different to add to our Christmas cookie repertoire. They have become my most requested recipe from both family, friends and co workers. Even people who don't like the named pie find them yummy! Well worth the effort, these are always the first to disappear on the tray. Thank you for passing on a winner recipe!

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Apr 29, 2015

    This is all my favorite parts of lemon meringue pie! It was definitely worth the effort. I am also gluten free and always looking for great dessert recipes and this is a new favorite of mine. I did make these bigger so I had less cookies but in general I tend to always make bigger cookies. I will definitely be making these again. My husband couldn't stop eating them!

  • ebramkamp
    Apr 8, 2015

    These take some effort but boy are they worth it. The lemon curd is the perfect combination of sweet and tang. These are beautiful, delicious and they will not last long.

  • LKimK77
    May 8, 2014

    LOVE these !!!!!!!! Yummy !! I eat gluten free and this is like having lemon meringue pie. Will make MANY more times !!! I want to make a key lime version !!