Lemon Meringue Pie (9-Inch)

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is my son's all time favorite pie. He gets upset if I only make one, because he wants a whole pie to himself. Prep and cook time does not include making the pie shell and is approximate. This recipe came from a 1973 Betty Crocker cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bake pie shell.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Mix sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan.
  4. Gradually stir in water.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.
  6. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  7. Gradually stir at least half the hot mixture into egg yolks.
  8. Blend into hot mixture in pan.
  9. Boil and stir 2 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat; stir in butter, lemon peel, lemon juice and food color.
  11. Pour into baked pie shell.
  12. Heap meringue onto hot pie filling; spread over filling, carefully sealing meringue to edge of crust to prevent shrinking or weeping.
  13. Bake about 10 minutes or until a delicate light brown.
  14. Cool away from draft.
  15. For Meringue: Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy.
  16. Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy (peaks will form).
  18. Beat in vanilla.
Most Helpful

Tip: Crush or grind finely about 4 ginger snap cookies (about 3 Tbs.); sprinkle over the bottom of the baked pie crust before filling. This makes a moisture barrier and prevents the bottom from getting soggy. Delicious pie!

Lynn in MA April 28, 2015

A simple recipe that works great! The filling was lovely, sweet and tart as a lemon pie should be. I did not add the food colouring, my eggs had a deep yellow yolk! I liked the addition of vanilla in the meringue, a pleasant treat!

Elly in Canada September 28, 2009

Thanks for sharing such a classic recipe !!! I just made the most BEAUTIFUL pie ever !! IT was worth every second I spent on it and I plan on using this recipe often !!

Theresa P September 23, 2007