Lemon Meringue Cookie Recipe

Lemon Meringue Cookies

Lemon meringue cookies - a sweet-tart treat on a summer day!
Lemon meringue cookies - a sweet-tart treat on a summer day! | Source

Lemon Meringue Cookie Ratings

4.2 stars from 5 ratings of Lemon Meringue Cookies

Sweet-Tart Lemon Meringue Cookies

The tart bite of lemon is mellowed by light, cloudy meringue cookies in this recipe. Perfect for a summer day, these cookies give one a little taste of lemon meringue pie in cookie form. To ease the task of preparation, the lemon curd may be prepared in advance.

It is best to use fresh eggs for any meringue recipe - the egg whites are beaten with sugar and air - once they form stiff peaks, they are ready for baking. Never open an oven door while meringues are baking. Once the oven door is opened, the temperature varies and the cookies will be ruined. the trick to making any meringue cookie recipe is to bake the cookies at a low temperature for a long time. A high temperature will cause the outside of the cookie to bake rapidly, while the interior of the cookie remains wet. Baking the cookies for a long time at a low temperature allows the cookies to dry evenly in the oven. Baked meringue cookies will keep for about 1 week when stored in an airtight container.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 3 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 20 min
Yields: About 3 dozen cookies

Lemon Meringue Cookie Ingredients

  • 6 large egg whites, (meringue cookies)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice, (meringue cookies)
  • 1/8 tsp salt, (meringue cookies)
  • 1 tsp vanilla, (meringue cookies)
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar, (meringue cookies)
  • 6 large egg yolks, (lemon filling)
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water, (lemon filling)
  • 1 cup sugar, (lemon filling)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch, (lemon filling)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, (lemon filling)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, (lemon filling)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, (lemon filling)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, (lemon filling)

Meringue Cookie Pictures

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Separate the egg yolks and egg whites. The whites will be used for the meringue cookies, and the egg yolks for the lemon filling.Mix the egg whites, salt, and lemon juice until foamy.Add the vanilla extract and sugar, and beat at a high rate of speed.When the meringue is ready, it will form stiff peaks.Pipe the cookies (about 2" in diameter) onto a foil or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at 200F.
Separate the egg yolks and egg whites. The whites will be used for the meringue cookies, and the egg yolks for the lemon filling.
Separate the egg yolks and egg whites. The whites will be used for the meringue cookies, and the egg yolks for the lemon filling. | Source
Mix the egg whites, salt, and lemon juice until foamy.
Mix the egg whites, salt, and lemon juice until foamy. | Source
Add the vanilla extract and sugar, and beat at a high rate of speed.
Add the vanilla extract and sugar, and beat at a high rate of speed. | Source
When the meringue is ready, it will form stiff peaks.
When the meringue is ready, it will form stiff peaks. | Source
Pipe the cookies (about 2" in diameter) onto a foil or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at 200F.
Pipe the cookies (about 2" in diameter) onto a foil or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at 200F. | Source

How to Make the Meringue Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Separate six eggs: place the egg whites into one bowl, and the egg yolks into another.
  3. Add the egg whites, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at a medium speed until the mixture is foamy.
  4. While beating, add in the vanilla extract. Slowly add the sugar to the mixture, while beating continuously.
  5. Increase the electric mixer speed to high, and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  6. Use a pastry bag to pipe cookies approximately 2" in diameter onto the cookie sheet. If you do not have a pastry bag, simply place the meringue into a gallon-sized storage bag and snip a small hole into the corner of the bag with scissors. Use this bag to pipe the meringue mixture.
  7. Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 1 hour at 200F. Do NOT open the oven door.
  8. After 1 hour, reduce the oven temperature to 175F and bake for 2 more hours. Do NOT open the oven door.
  9. After the cookies have baked for 3 hours, remove them from the oven. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.
  10. Spread some lemon curd (instructions below) on each cookie. Sandwich two cookies together to form each lemon meringue cookie.

Lemon Curd Photos

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Add the cornstarch, salt, water, and sugar to a large saucepan.Add the egg yolks, whisking constantly.Add the lemon juice.Add butter. Whisk to dissolve.Pour the finished curd into a bowl and cover with saran wrap. Allow to cool and refrigerate.
Add the cornstarch, salt, water, and sugar to a large saucepan.
Add the cornstarch, salt, water, and sugar to a large saucepan. | Source
Add the egg yolks, whisking constantly.
Add the egg yolks, whisking constantly. | Source
Add the lemon juice.
Add the lemon juice. | Source
Add butter. Whisk to dissolve.
Add butter. Whisk to dissolve. | Source
Pour the finished curd into a bowl and cover with saran wrap. Allow to cool and refrigerate.
Pour the finished curd into a bowl and cover with saran wrap. Allow to cool and refrigerate. | Source

How to Make the Lemon Curd

  1. Add the water, sugar, salt, and cornstarch to a large sauce-pan on the stove.
  2. Whisk the ingredients together and cook over medium heat until the mixture becomes translucent and begins to simmer.
  3. Add the egg yolks slowly, while whisking vigorously.
  4. Add in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and the butter. Whisk until dissolved.
  5. Bring to a simmer, then pour the lemon curd into a bowl. Cover with cling wrap (let the plastic wrap sit on the surface of the curd). Allow the curd to cool - the curd will keep up to two weeks in a refrigerator.

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Comments 38 comments

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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

Oh what delightfully sweet little things. Just the thing to do with that luscious lemon curd!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

They are great little cookies, Letitia! I don't make them very often because there is a bit of work involved, but they're really fun at a picnic or a kid's party!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

These sound really good. Love lemon curd and meringue. Voted up.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, moonlake! I'm a huge fan of anything involving lemon and meringue!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

The cookies are absolutely beautiful- as are the useful instructional photos you've provided. This would make for a great treat... plus it looks like it's a lot of fun to make these. Thanks for the recipe!


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rutley 4 years ago from South Jersey

Voted up and thank you! Can't wait to try these!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

These little cookies sound fabulous and I'm thrilled to have your recipe for lemon curd. Thank you for another great recipe.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, Simone! They are fun to make - though I have to admit they are a little sticky to eat!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thank you, Rutley - they are really fun cookies!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

They're fun, unique cookies vespawoolf- I hope you enjoy them!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Congrats on the daily draw contest win for these yummy and adorable looking cookies.

Great step by step directions and photos.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, Happyboomernurse! They're definitely fun cookies! The next time I make them, I think I'll make the meringues smaller. They were pretty big and made the cookies a bit sticky to handle. Still good, but they'd be a bit less messy in smaller form!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Gorgeous cookies! I love any dessert made with lemon! This recipe really sounds like a must-try. I also appreciate your lovely, step-by-step photos. Hmmm....getting hungry now.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, Om! I really need to make a recipe hub on cooking broccoli, because all of these desserts are NOT good for my waistline. Ha! They do taste SO good, though!


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Joy M 4 years ago from Sumner, Washington

I love lemon meringue pie and will have to try these cookies. Thanks for the recipe!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

They are a bit like miniature lemon meringue pies, Joy! They're pretty fun cookies to make and eat.


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Purple Perl 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

Looks divine! Must taste delicious too! Thanks for sharing this must-do recipe, leahlefler.

Congrats too! Voted you up!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, Purple Perl! I was rather excited to win the daily drawing - the cookies are really great. Have fun baking!


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Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

Gosh, they look fabulous and yes a lot of work! Also, with all that egg, inspite of lemon and vanilla, do you still get any egg smell? Just curious. Nice hub! Love the picture.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

No egg smell, Riverfish! No egginess at all, really - lemon curd is very... lemony! It is also called lemon butter - sort of like a lemon pudding that makes the filling. The meringue cookies use a lot of egg whites, but you can't taste or smell the eggs at all.


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Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

Ok, thats neat.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

It is pretty neat - if you've ever had lemon meringue pie, Riverfish, it's the same concept. Without the crust, of course, but the meringue and lemon are awesome!


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Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

yup, that sounds just wonderful!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks! I hope you get to try them!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Congratulations on the daily draw in this month's recipe contest. Lemon meringue pie is one of my all time favorites. Now, thanks to you, it can be enjoyed in cookie form. Voted up, useful and will share.


Starmom41 4 years ago

oooo this sounds really good! will try them asap. thanks for posting it!


Marntzu 4 years ago

Genius, Lemon Meringue pie is one of my favorites. I'll be making these this weekend. voted up, useful and interesting.


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sadie423 4 years ago from North Carolina

Yum! I love anything with lemon curd, and this simpler than making a whole pie! Voted up and I shared!


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Love this twist on lemon meringue pie, must make these they look so appetising!! voting and sharing and congrats on the recipe contest!!!!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, Peggy! This recipe is perfect for those who want lemon meringue pie in bite-sized form!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

I hope you really enjoy them, Starmom!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

They do have a bit of a "that's cool" factor, Marntzu - I like bringing them along to picnics or to parties!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

This is easier than making a lemon meringue pie - lots of fun to make for summer get-togethers. Thanks for the comment, Sadie!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

They're pretty good, Suzie - particularly if you like lemon and meringue - the perfect little snack!


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Ronna Pennington 4 years ago from Arkansas

Those look soooo good!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, Ronna! They were pretty good! Sticky, but good!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Yummy these look amazing!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York Author

Thanks, Angela - we love them!

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