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*** UPDATED OCTOBER 2023***This fabulous Lemon Cream Pie recipe was one of the first recipes I posted on the site, some 14 years ago.
It has remained a family favorite for all the years in between now and then.
The bottom cream cheese layer is smooth and creamy…
…the lemon layer has just the right amount of tart and sweet making for a heavenly combination. It’s makes a fabulous finish to any meal and especially on Thanksgiving. 😉 
Luscious Lemon Pie

Total Time: 45 hours

Yield: 1 (9 inch) pie


1 deep dish pastry shell, baked
lemon filling:
1 1/2 C sugar
6 T cornstarch
1/2 t salt
1 1/4 C water
2 T butter
2 t grated lemon peel
6 drops yellow food coloring
1/2 C fresh lemon juice
Cream Cheese Filling:
12 oz cream cheese, softened (that's code for 1 whole package, and half of another package!)
1 C powdered sugar
1 1/2 C cool whip
1 T fresh lemon juice


1. In a sauce pan combine 3/4 C sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
2. Reduce heat and add remaining sugar.
3. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick and bubbly. Mine got bubbly pretty quickly. Next time I will let it cook for maybe 30 seconds after it starts to bubble. It ended up being just a slight bit too thin in the end.
4. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, grated lemon peel, and food coloring. Once these are combined gently add the lemon juice. Don't over mix.
5. Cool to room temperature.
6. In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in the cool whip and lemon juice. Keep about 1/2 C in a separate container for the pretty garnish.
7. Spread the remaining cream cheese filling over the bottom of the pastry shell. Be sure the shell is cool and not just out of the oven.
8. Top the pie off with the lemon filling. Chill overnight.
9. Pipe the remaining cream cheese filling onto the top of the pie. If you are feeling less fancy, you could just spread it all over the would still taste great!

Recipe from Taste of Home

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  1. My husband loves lemon AND cream cheese, so I'll bet he'd love this recipe. I hope to be able to make it soon. You pic looks gorgeous! I love the little lemon slices in the dollops of whipped cream.

  2. I'm so glad I found your blog! I just found out that my husband loves lemon pie, so I want to try to make it for him. Perfect timing 🙂

  3. I went to a restaurant next to my house and I paid $10 by a Luscious Lemon Pie,, I yesterday I was reading your blog and I want to the supermarket , I bought all the ingredients and I spent $6.55!!!thanks for share the recipe”!22dd