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These Lemon Meringue Pie Parfaits are a no-bake dessert that will be your new summer favorite! Lemon curd, graham cracker crumbs, and meringue makes the best individual treats.

Lemon Meringue Pie Parfaits

  • Author: Rachel Conners
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 120 minutes
  • Yield: 4 parfaits 1x
  • Category: Dessert



For the crust

For the lemon curd

  • 5 egg yolks, keep whites for meringue
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice, about 23 medium lemons
  • Zest of 2 medium lemons
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

For the meringue

  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the graham cracker crust

  1. In a small bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Set aside until needed.

For the lemon curd

  1. In a medium metal bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until smooth, about 1 minute. Add lemon juice and zest to egg mixture and whisk until smooth. Once water is simmering, reduce heat to low and place bowl on top of saucepan. (Bowl should fit on top of saucepan without touching the water.)
  2. Whisk until thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes, or until mixture is pale yellow and coats the back of a spoon. (It should feel thick as you pull your whisk through it and the trail of the whisk shouldn’t disappear immediately.) Remove from heat and stir in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, allowing each to melt before adding the next.
  3. Press through a fine sieve strainer, then pour strained curd into a bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap (so close it’s touching the curd) and refrigerate until cool, 1 hour.

For the meringue

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with 1″ water and bring water to a simmer over medium heat. In a metal bowl (use the bowl of your stand mixer if you have one), whisk together egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar. Place bowl over simmering water. and whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 3 1/2 minutes. (Test by rubbing between your fingers: there should be no grittiness from the sugar.)
  2. Transfer bowl to electric stand or hand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 10 minutes. Add vanilla and mix until combined.

To assemble

  1. Spoon cooled lemon curd into a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Spoon meringue into a different piping bag fitted with a star tip.
  2. In each of the four parfait glasses, layer the graham cracker crumbs, lemon curd, and meringue. Repeat, finishing with the meringue. Serve immediately. (If you have a kitchen torch, torch the top of the meringue to toast it!)


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Keywords: lemon, pie, parfaits, easter