Lemon Meringue Pie Cheesecake

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 Lemon Meringue Pie is a classic dessert… Graham crust, creamy tart lemon filling with a fluffy meringue topping.  This recipe combines all of those amazing flavors with a rich and lush cheesecake for a dessert that will top your list!  Fresh lemons and lemon zest make the filling extra lemony!!

Don’t be afraid to give this a try, it’s not difficult to make although there are a few steps.  I make the cheesecake portion one day (or even a couple of days in advance) and the remainder the next day.

Making meringue is really quite easy!  A few simple tips for a perfect meringue in this recipes:

  • Be sure the lemon filling is hot when you put the meringue on top.  This will keep the layers from separating.
  • When spreading your meringue, be sure it hangs over the edge of your pan just slightly.  Don’t remove it until the cheesecake is completely cooled.
  • Do not underbake.  This can cause weeping.
  • When removing the meringue from the edge of the pan don’t cut it, instead just gently pull it back from the edge of the pan.

While cooling this recipe, it does weep just a little bit so I put mine on a plate in the fridge to catch any stick drippings.

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Cream of Tartar * Large Saucepan * 9″ Springform Pan * A huge fork to dig in :)

slice of Lemon Meringue Pie Cheesecake
4.82 from 16 votes
Review Recipe

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Holly Nilsson
Lemon Meringue Pie is a classic dessert… Graham crust, creamy tart lemon filling with a fluffy meringue topping. This recipe combines all of those amazing flavors with a rich and lush cheesecake for a dessert that will top your list!


  • 1 ½ cups graham crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 packages 8oz each cream cheese
  • cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
Lemon Filling
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cup corn starch
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 lemons zested & juiced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • cup sugar

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine melted butter & graham crumbs. Press into a 9″ springform pan.
  • With mixer on medium, beat cream cheese & sugar until blended. Mix in eggs.
  • Pour cream cheese mixture over crust and bake for 35-40 minutes or just until center is set.
  • Cool 5 minutes, run a butter knife around the edge to loosen. Cool on the counter 1 hour. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Lemon Filling
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks and water in a large saucepan. Whisk constantly over medium heat until mixture reaches a boil. Stir in ½ cup lemon juice & zest from 2 lemons. Let boil 1 minute while stirring.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter, keep warm.
  • Beat egg whites & cream of tartar on medium-high until soft peaks form (ends of peaks will curl when the beaters are lifted out). Continue mixing on medium-high adding in sugar a little bit at a time until stiff and glossy peaks form (about 5 minutes).
  • Spread lemon filling over cheesecake layer. Immediately spread meringue over hot lemon filling. Be sure the meringue overlaps the edges of the pan slightly to avoid it shrinking.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes or until browned. Cool at room temperature 1 hour. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 428, Carbohydrates: 70g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 227mg, Sodium: 226mg, Potassium: 158mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 54g, Vitamin A: 505IU, Vitamin C: 14.3mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1.5mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword lemon meringue pie
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. I am making this for Easter. If you use the extra 2 egg whites, would you increase the amount of sugar and cream of tartar?

    1. You’d want to increase the sugar and cream of tartar. You may need to bake it longer with the additional meringue.

  2. Disappointing, but the flavor is still good.

    Once I was cooking cheesecake, it was supposed to be firm and smooth. I got all of the ingredients right. Unfortunately, this cheesecake did not meet it’s cooking expectations. It was too loose, and it fallen apart. Other than that, it still meets it’s flavor profile, and it more like lemon meringue cheesecake pudding. The flavor is rich, but the cooking technique is poor.3 stars

  3. Do you remove the ring from the pan before adding curd and meringue and putting it into the oven. One comment suggested that if meringue touched pan it would break off from the cake.

    1. I do not remove the ring before adding the curd/meringue. I have included tips for meringue in the post. Enjoy!

  4. I made this last month and it was a hit alot of people loved it could only eat small portions because of how sweet it was but very delicious so recommend making it.5 stars

  5. I just made this cake for what must be the tenth time. It’s so easy to put together, and always a crowd pleaser! Each time I followed the directions as written and have had perfect results. It has become one of my go-to recipe for potlucks or hosting company. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  6. Loved this receipe. I did alter the lemon curd slightly used my homemade lemon curd. My husband and friends were really impressed. It was so light and fluffy. Not dry at all like other baked cheesecakes we have tried a real favourite now. Thanks

  7. Hi Holly, I’m anxious to try this, loving the combination of lemon and cheesecake.  However, I’ve never had good luck with making a graham cracker crust.  It either comes out hard from pressing it too much in the pan, or too crumbly from not pressing enough.  Any suggestions?

    1. I suggest that you press it with your fingers to get it in place, then using the back of a spoon, or a measuring cup, press it firmly, enough so that it doesn’t move around easily when you touch it, but is not completely solid. Hope that helps Sherry :)

  8. Hi Holly, I’m strongly considering making this for my birthday for the office, this looks amazing. Problem is I’m not a baker and have never even attempted a normal lemon meringue! I’m considering making it Saturday already for the Monday – will the meringue hold or should I make the lemon and meringue part Sunday morning? Going out for lunch Sunday and scared I’m not in a state to bake after if you know what I mean :) What would you recommend? And do I store it in the fridge once the meringue is done or will the meringue hold if its kept in the fridge?

    Also, going to buy a springform for this – any specific type you would recommend to ensure easy removal before serving?

    Thanks so much!

    1. I make the cheesecake portion one day (or even a couple of days in advance) and the remainder the next day. Meringue will last for 2-3 days, so making it in advance should be no problem. I suggest you store the pie in the fridge covered loosely with plastic wrap. You’ll want to make sure you read over the tips for meringue just above the recipe to make sure it works well for you! Enjoy Hester!

  9. I made this recently for my birthday treat at work. It was a huge hit. I used Nilla wafers for the crust. I also added a little lemon zest to the cheesecake layer. Next time I may do a double batch of meringue to hang over the sides more? As it cooled in the fridge, it did shrink from the edges. Do you think this would help?5 stars

  10. I have made the cheesecake part and put in the fridge over night. Can I make the lemon meringue part and put in the fridge over night after it is completely cooled? If so, when would I remove the tin? Thank you. Can’t wait to try it. 


    1. Yes, it can set in the fridge overnight, you’ll want to make sure you read over the tips for meringue just above the recipe to make sure it works well for you. I’d remove the tin before serving.

  11. This dessert is the best of both worlds.I made it today, and it was a massive hit! My family is not a big fan of meringue, so I substituted it for homemade whipped cream. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  12. OMG the combination of this dessert is perfect. It is light lemony and delicious and so easy to make. Just follow instructions as is.Made this for a dinner with friends. They wowed over it. Everyone got a piece to take home.

  13. Just made this cake. Every layer so far came out exactly as described. 6 more mins in the oven and taking to a girls get together this evening. Will let you know the reactions and reviews later. Excited.

  14. I have made this cheesecake several times for dinner guests and EVERYONE loved it. After a big dinner, it says a lot when guests ask for a second piece of pie! Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I would give this a 10 plus if it were possible since you have combined two favourites…lemon meringue pie and cheesecake!5 stars

  15. Just a quick question…Do I need to press the graham cracker crumb mixture up the sides of the springform pan or just on the bottom of it? If yes, like an inch or two? Any info greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  16. We make a pie very similar to this, but we leave off the meringue. ( nobody eats it at our house) Then on top of the lemon, add raspberries/ or raspberry pie filling and top all around the edges with a generous amount of Stabilized Whip Cream. Guaranteed to be gone in minutes! LEMON RASPBERRY CHEESE, *** Guaranteed to please!***

  17. I prepared it a week ago for my daughter and family whom were visiting, all I can say is that it is now No. 1 favorite from all the cheesecakes we’ve made at home, and we consider ourselves cheesecake connoisseurs. I will be making it tomorrow for my son and his GF.5 stars

  18. I love anything with lemon, and your cheesecake looks absolutely amazing!.. Mine is chilling right now, i chilled the cheesecake for a couple of hours then continued the layers and will be serving it tomorrow.. hopefully that’ll work ..

  19. I don’t have a 9″ springform – only an 8″ and 10″ – would you recommend going up or down in size? Looks like a perfect spring/Easter dessert! Thanks!

  20. Could ricotta cheese be substituted for cream cheese. I make my own ricotta. This recipe looks amazing.i will be making it just don’t know when

  21. Just finished making this for my husbands birthday tomorrow. His two favorites in
    one, and it was really easy… bonus for sure!! Looks great, can hardly wait to try it.

  22. this is looks so good.. I love anything with lemon….could you do a video on this…I have never used a pan like that….

    1. Using a springform pan is really great!! Yes, I will certainly keep this in mind for an upcoming video, it’s a delicious recipe!

  23. I made this last weekend and it is fabulous!! Followed the comments for using a 9 x 13 pan instead of the springform pan. Worked great, no changes to the ingredients or the baking time. The thing I might have changed was to use the last 2 egg whites for extra meringue. Thanks for posting :)

  24. I am making this for the first time and it is going to be fabulous! The best of all worlds lemon meringue and cheesecake yum!

  25. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I made it exactly as written and it turned out perfectly. The recipe was simple and the results were beautiful and delicious. My only challenge came when I went to remove the cake from the pan. My meringue was stuck in some places, and when i attempted to gently pull as you suggested some of it cracked. I ended up taking a very sharp pointed knife and cutting it away from the pan. Any other tips for this? Aside from that very minor detail, this recipe is perfection and I will definitely be making it again and again.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. My meringue didn’t crack when I pulled it away from the pan so I’m not exactly sure why yours cracked. Did you cool the meringue before removing it from the pan or was it still warm?

        1. I wish I had a better answer for you. I’m going to keep on searching or hopefully someone else has an idea for you!

  26. So I did this, or tried to, but after making the cheesecake exactly as directed (including 24 oz of cream cheese, as the other poster noted… quite a bit), it filled the 9″ springform pan completely. It also took much MUCH longer than 40 minutes to bake. It’s also not as sweet as most cheesecakes because of the ratio of sugar to cream cheese.

    I didn’t even get to try the lemon step, which was super disappointing. I might do this again, but with less cream cheese or, like another commenter, in a 9X13 pan.

  27. This looks fantastic! Two of my favourites. And I have everything here that I need…except one more package of cream cheese! Will make tomorrow. Yum! :)
    Do you think the packaged “fake” lemon filling (all powder, add hot water, etc let set) would work? (Just in case I get busy with my 3month old!)

    1. I do think that it would work just fine Sarah! Just be sure to read the tips about the meringue to make sure it doesn’t shrink too much!

      1. Just had my first piece. It is my new favourite dessert. Amazing!!!
        I let me cheesecake cool and it pulled away from the sides of the springform pan. Then when I added the lemon it ran down the sides a little. Any tips to prevent that?
        Thanks for the recipe!!

        1. I am so glad you loved it Sarah! :)

          The cheesecake should pull away from the sides very slightly (which is why you run the knife around the edge, this helps prevent cracking). My filling was thick enough that it didn’t run down the sides.

  28. Holly, yep, same amount of baking time. I think my next project with this recipe is to make a “cookies and cream” version – Oreo cookie crumbs instead of graham, cheesecake, and then a layer of chocolate pudding topped with Cool Whip. The possibilities are endless :) Thanks again for the recipe. This was definitely a keeper!

  29. Question – could this be made in a 9×13 pan? I know the amounts would have to be increased but I need to make a larger size for my husband’s birthday :)

    1. I have only made it in the pan suggested in the recipe. If you have a typical cheesecake you bake in your 9×13 I think it might work. I would suggest that you still ensure the lemon filling is hot to keep the meringue from separating and be sure you have ample meringue to cover the very edges of your pan. I’d love to hear how it works out for you!

      1. Thank you so much! I’ve looked at some recipes for cheesecake in a 9×13 pan, and it looks like your ingredient list should work well (though I may increase it and make this in cupcake form too). Here’s to hoping I can get the meringue to work… my luck with it has always been hit or miss. I’ll be making this the weekend of October 10th, so I’ll post the results after that!

          1. It was a success :) I didn’t have to change the recipe – ingredients or cooking time – at all, so if you either don’t have a springform pan or just hate using them (like me haha) just use a 9×13 pan. Now that I know how easy this was, adapting this to make different types of layered cheesecake desserts is going to be simple. I do have pictures to show the size of the layering so if you’re curious let me know. Everyone raved about how great it tasted and thought the idea was so creative – I did give you credit, Holly :) My husband thanks you not only for the bday wish but also for the recipe combining his 2 favorite desserts!

          2. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know! I’m inspired to try it that way! :) Did you bake it the same amount of time? Thanks so much for sharing!

  30. Wow, this is a fantastic looking dessert! I’ve never seen cheesecake + lemon meringue. Perfect for summer.

  31. Dear Holly, you have combine two of my favorite desserts. This looks absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to give this one a try. xo, Catherine

  32. you say 3 (8oz) packages of cream cheese……seems alot…24 oz, just to make sure before i commence with this delectible looking dish

  33. I am obsessed with this! Cheesecake is my favorite dessert…but I can also never resist lemon meringue pie…so this! Pinned!