Recipe: Chilled Lemon Pie

I found some Meyer lemons at the grocery store last weekend, and on impulse I picked up some gingersnaps and cream cheese. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do with them at the time, but this ended up being the result:

Gingersnap Crust

  • Roughly 2 cups of gingersnap crumbs. I like the Mi-Del brand, pulverized in a food processor.
  • 4 T (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Mix crumbs and melted butter thoroughly, then press into a lightly greased pie plate. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned and smells of ginger. Cool until room temp, or chill briefly in the refrigerator or freezer.

Lemon Filling

  • two 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened at room temperature*
  • one can of sweetened condensed milk
  • juice and zest of two Meyer lemons**
  • one teaspoon regular lemon juice

Use a mixer to thoroughly blend the cream cheese and condensed milk. Then blend in the lemon juices and zest. Pour into the pie shell, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for a couple of hours. Serve.

*Neufchatel (1/3 less fat cream cheese) does work in place of cream cheese, although the filling won’t be quite as firm. If you use Neufchatel then you won’t need to pre-soften the cream cheese. I actually prefer the soft, pudding-like texture, however.

**If you don’t have Meyer lemons, which are sweeter and less tart than regular lemons (hence the addition of a small amount of regular lemon juice), use the juice of two regular lemons and the zest of one, and leave out the extra teaspoon of juice.

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8 comments on “Recipe: Chilled Lemon Pie
  1. Sounds delicious. I prefer limes over lemons, so I’ll probably use them and just enjoy the added bitterness!

  2. recipes says:

    You’ve got great insights about recipes, keep up the good work!

  3. Jane says:

    I just love lemon pies and can never seem to bake one that tastes as good as in the restaurant. I’m going to give your recipe a try because it sounds just delightful. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  4. Rob S. says:

    I was looking around for sites with different deserts ideas and came across this one. That recipe looks like it would be oh so good. I am trying to build up my new site with somewhat the same idea. Mine is more geared towards those that have a Lactose Intolerance. I am looking for recipes or suggestion that may help me out.

    Thanks Rob

  5. heather says:

    Michelle—lime should work beautifully in this one, I’d think!


    Jane—I hope you made & enjoyed!

  6. Marisa says:

    I would like a slice of that pie please. I love lemons and I love pie and this just sounds so delicious. I wish I could give that a try, but it will be hard for me to find the components. Thank you for sharing the recipe though.

  7. Stephanie says:

    I made this yesterday and it went down a treat! Never heard of those lemons before so I just used the normal variety – I actually like the extra tartness.

  8. Steve Matron says:

    Sound great! Looking forward to trying this.

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