Lemon Meringue Dessert Squares

Recipe by SharleneW
READY IN: 55mins




  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease 13x9-inch pan.
  • In large bowl, combine cake mix, 1/2 cup butter and egg.
  • Mix at low speed until crumbly.
  • Press mixture in bottom of greased pan.
  • In medium saucepan, combine 1 1/3 cups sugar, cornstarch and salt.
  • Gradually stir in water; blend until smooth.
  • Cook over medium heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir about 1/2 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolks; return egg mixture to saucepan.
  • Cook until mixture is bubbly.
  • (Mixture will be very thick.) Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons butter, lemon peel and lemon juice.
  • Pour filling over crust.
  • In small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar at medium speed until soft peaks form, about 1 minute.
  • Add 1/2 cup sugar (1 tablespoon at a time) beating at high speed until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
  • Spread meringue over hot filling.
  • Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
  • Cool 1 hour.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Cut into squares.
  • Hint: To cut perfect slices of meringue desserts, dip knife in water before cutting.
  • After each cut, wipe knife clean and dip it in water again.