Lemon Meringue Pies are a particularly nice treat in the spring and especially for Mother’s day.  So I thought why not make them in a jar.

I love lemon.  Lemon meringue pies are one of my favorite kind of pie.  What gave me the idea for happened while I was watching Paula Deen on the Food Network where she was making lemon meringue pies.  After making my Mac & Cheese in Jar, I thought it would be fun to see if this same concept would work for mini lemon meringue pies.  I’ll let you be the judge as to how they turned out. :-).

Lemon Meringue Pies In A Jar

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Ingredients:

Filling:

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    • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 3 egg yolks, whisked
    • 6 round lemon wafer or a shortbread biscuit
    • 6 8oz large mouth canning jars

Meringue:

    • 3 egg whites
    • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions:

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Preheat oven at 325 degrees.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine milk, lemon juice, and zest, than blend in egg yolks. Place a cookie in the bottom of each jar and divide the filling equally between each of the 6 canning jars. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the filling is just set, it may be a bit wobbly in the center.

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With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks are formed. Gradually beat in the sugar until stiff peaks are formed and the sugar is dissolved. Transfer the meringue to a piping bag with large whole tip or a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off. Pipe the meringue over the surface of each pie. Turn the oven broiler on and place the meringue-covered pies on the top rack near the heat and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the meringue starts to brown. (If you prefer, you may use a kitchen torch to carefully brown the meringue on top of each pie.)

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Notes: You can use bottled lemon juice or freshly squeezed lemon.  The fresh lemon juice has a much brighter flavor in these pies.  If you aren’t interested in the meringue, you can serve it topped with whipped cream.  These little pies will keep well, lidded, in the fridge.

These little gems were a very big hit.  As you can imagine they lasted a nano second.  I’ll need to make double the amount the next time to ensure that I have leftovers for my friends (and me).

Time to eat…

If you liked this recipe, don’t forget to check some of my other recipes such as these Easy Panna CottaShirred Eggs With Ham & Tomato Sauce and Chocolate Dipped Spoons.

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  • wendy mccance

    Looks incredible!!! What a perfect recipe now that spring has finally sprung.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Wendy, They are that, maybe a bit to much… LOL. I am making these again for Mother’s day and to celebrate spring.

    • wendy mccance

      I have a get together coming up. I’m thinking of using that recipe. It would be such a cool presentation too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.jefferson.73 Jon Jefferson

    The jars are great for presentation. You can do a similar move with muffin tins. Muffin sized cheesecake is great for parties. I wonder how the merengue would handle this?

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi John. I have done that too with my mini creme brûlée pies post and they are just so cute. I love portion control on these as well.

  • Janelle

    How fun! My favourite pie, also :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      They really were fun to make Janelle. I know you will love them. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/geekgirlusa Cheryl Therrien

    Love this whole pie in a jar concept! Fun way to present desert or a snack. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      I do too, Cheryl. I have more ideas like this in the works. so stay tuned. :-)

  • Merle

    Another great recipe Susan. I love lemon meringue pie but all these delicious recipes you are giving me are not good for my diet LOL – only because I eat more of it than I should !!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Merle, You are so welcome (calories and al… hee, hee). I often give these away to avoid my eating them all. My neighbor and local friends love that and say the very same thing. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/catarina.alexon Catarina Alexon

    What a wonderful idea Susan. Am sure it’s delicious too!!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Catarina, Thanks, it was fun to do. I was delicious, if I don’t say so myself. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/AdrienneSmith40 Adrienne Smith

    I love lemon meringue too but I didn’t know you could put those glass jars in the oven. Dah! You can tell I’m not much of a cook. This is a really neat recipe Susan and I just may have to give this one a try. Thank you so much.

    ~Adrienne

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Adrienne, It’s all about the size, temperature and time it takes to cook them. That is why it works so well. I can’t wait to hear how you liked it when you make them. :-)

  • http://www.garrettspecialties.com/ Arleen Harry

    Love the jar concept. I am going to try it with lime as my husband likes Key Lime Pie Thank you for the recipe.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Arleen, It will be awesome with lime. Have fun with this and let me know how it turns out when you do. :-)

  • Wendy Merron

    Susan- Putting on my psychic hat for a moment.. I’m sensing a cookbook in your future…
    Jars aren’t just for Jam!!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Wendy, I think you might be psychic… yes indeed, there is a cookbook in my future. Truth be told, I started sharing recipes as way to document our favorites with the intention of creating a family cookbook. I have been so surprised at how well these recipes have been received. :-)

  • http://profiles.google.com/margaretduarte Margaret Duarte

    I’m about ready to invite myself over to your house for lemon meringue pie and coffee. Yum! Who gets to do the taste tests? Sounds like fun. Thanks for the great idea, Susan.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Margarita, Oh, what a great idea. I will have to give you a call and you could be one of my taste testers. :D

  • http://twitter.com/JeriWB Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I like the idea of serving in jars, like you also did with the macaroni, but I’m not a lemon fan. I will eat it, but I never crave it. Now put chocolate mousse in a jar and I’ll gobble it right up!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeri, I get that, not everyone does. Just for you I am working on a chocolate something in a jar …SH!!! it’s a surprise. :-)

  • Dee Johnson

    Oh yay! This is an awesome idea. I love lemon meringue pie and I will definitely have to try this recipe.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Dee and welcome. I love how fun these are and how good they are. You will have a blast and don’t forget to make a double batch because they will be gone in a flash… LOL. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/m4bmarketing Susan Oakes

    I wouldn’t have thought of making them in a jar and your recipe looks delicious Susan. Yet another of your recipes I have bookmarked :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Susan, This is one of those recipes you’ll refer to many times. It is that easy and that good. Enjoy, my friend.

  • http://twitter.com/JamieGall1930 Jamie

    Those look fabulous Susan =) i want to try a pie in a jar recipe…

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jamie, It just the funniest thing to do. Have fun with this and come back tell me about it. :-)

  • http://virtualadmintogo.com/ Elizabeth Scott

    OMG I love Lemon Meringue Pie but haven’t made it in some time. I think this is perfect!!! Can’t wait to make this.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Elizabeth, You will love this and also love how easy it is to make. You must tell me how it turns out when you do. :-)

  • Michael Belk

    Susan, that looks awesome. If I ever meet you, do not be surprised if I ask you to cook. :). I would gain a lot of weight over to your house.

    You must love to cook because the average person does not try out dishes for the fun of it.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Michael, It is that. I will admit ti do enjoy the art of cooking. To me it just so fun to see a few things come together in this amazingly delicious eats. I actually don’t eat all that I make. My friends and neighbors benefit and are my taste testers. They groan about how fat I’m making them but they smile really big when I bring something new for them to taste… LOL. :-)

  • Michael Belk

    Susan I have paid big money for those desserts.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Then you must make them, Michael. They only cost a dollar or two to make the whole batch… LOL. :-)

      • Michael Belk

        Susan I wish I was one of your neighbors. I would not complain about desserts.

  • Carissa

    Love the idea! This is so cute :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Carissa and welcome. It is really fun to make too. Enjoy. :-)

  • http://necessityofchange.com Mary Stephenson

    Hi Susan

    What a lovely idea to do the individual pies. That would keep one from taking a bit bigger piece of pie than what they would have otherwise. I have a bunch of lemons hanging on the tree just waiting for when I can decide if I want the extra calories! Shall have to make a decision on to make a pie or not. But I am getting hungry for a lemon pie.

    Mary

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Mary, Thank you. :-). It would indeed do that. It is a great way to dictate portion control. I would love to have a lemon tree in my yard. I do hope you give this a try with your fresh lemons very soon. :-)

  • Jacs Henderson

    Another winner Susan! These look absolutely scrummy – brilliant idea for a dinner party, they are much cuter and somehow look more delicious than a slice of pie :)
    Jacs

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jacs, Thanks my friend. They are so cute AND so delicious, many will ask for seconds. :)

  • http://twitter.com/KeepUpWeb Sherryl Perry

    Your kitchen must smell amazing Susan. (I wish I lived closer so I could come over for a cup of coffee and a taste of something yummy.) I haven’t thought of lemon meringue pies in years. My grandmother used to make them.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Sherryl, It does at times, however every now and then I have a disaster and boy does it smell, not in a good way… LOL. I would love that too, coffee on the patio with a newly baked item would be heaven. :)

  • http://writespeaksell.com jeannettepaladino

    Susan — love lemon meringue pies but these days unless you make them yourself the only place I ever see them is in diners. That’s strange when I think about it. I wonder why better restaurants don’t serve them.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeannette, I do too. You’re right! The way I see is it’s only a matter of time until someone makes it the new rage. :)

  • Max Christian Hansen

    Susan, you do lovely food as well as lovely vector art. You should connect with me on LinkedIn. Then I’ll give you my real email address. Then I’ll send you a dessert recipe I made up on the fly last summer when I had guests over. I’d love to have you feature it here. It’s for summer, though–rhubarb and fresh blueberries.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Max, I just connected and sent you a message Yea!!! I do so love rhubarb and blueberries. Bring it on my friend. :-)

  • Ida

    I make a lot of pies in jars, but I never thought of making a lemon meringue one. Great idea.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Ida, Food in a jar is just so cool for all kid and sizes of kids, don’t you think? Have fun with this and let me know how it goes. :-)

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  • Caryn/The Mid Life Guru

    My second favorite pie (after custard). I am definitely going to make these!!!

  • Mark Brody

    Susan – My mouth is absolutely watering! I love Lemon Meringue, and this looks very interesting!! Love the concept!
    Thank you for sharing!!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Mark, Thanks and you’re so welcome. It is super easy too so go for it. :-)

  • Devon

    Your jar recipes are so intriguing! I’ll start with mac ‘n’ cheese in a jar and finish with this yummy treat!!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Devon, Thanks so much my friend, I think you’ll love them both. Enjoy. :-)

  • hardawan bayu

    well i like this way.. the food way, :) connecting people by food recipe sharing.. very delicious pics, I’m drooling :D

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Harden and welcome, I do to. It please that you enjoyed this. Give it a try. it really is easy. :-)

  • Adrienne Jones

    You have the best recipes! I have to try this one…

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Adrienne, Aw, thanks… :-). You’ll really enjoy how fun and good these are. :-)

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  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    I actually have never tried this kind of pie before but it looks pretty. I’m an apple pie and ice cream person. Some pies scare me a little lol

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      This is a super easy recipe, easier then apple pie (which I love). Give them a try, your family will thank you for it. :-)

  • Cassandra Schmigotzki

    Sounds both rich and delicious!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Cassandra and welcome. It is both and oh so simple to make. Let me know what you think when you give this a try. :-)

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  • Carol Cassara

    What a great company treat. Heck, I’ll just bookmark your site and check when I’m expecting company!
    Carol
    http://www.carolcassara.com

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      It really is Carol. The fact is I have to make a double batch because it is so popular. :-)

  • sarah

    Gorgeous!
    Nothing beats Lemon Meringue Pies in the summer. Thanks for ur sharing! I had featured u in the post of Top 7 Yummy & Savory Pie Recipes for Mother’s Day on AllFreshRecipes, I’ll pay close attention to ur refreshing EATS!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Sarah and welcome. Thanks so much. That is so cool of you to do. I look forward to what you think about some of my other features. :-)

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  • d7ana

    I have some chocolate graham crackers that I know I won’t finish alone; perhaps I could adjust this recipe to top them? Probably will need to crumble the graham crackers to fit the mason jars, but it’ll be worth it to use up those grahams AND to have yummy lemon meringue filling. Very tempting ….

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Dana, I have used a graham cracker crust with this and it worked very well. I would crumb the graham crackers and add a a bit of butter and press until firm in the bottom. Have fun with it, and let me know how it turned out for you. :-)

  • Paul Graham

    I love lemon meringue and this seems a great recipe. Fresh lemon or lime juice is always best as the packaged varieties usually contain preservatives and other chemicals. No need to reply, I need to eat now !

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      I love this recipe for it ease and overall flavor and so will you Paul. Give a whirl. :-)

  • Meredith Wouters

    I just bought some of these jars, just because they were cute, and I was wondering what I’d do with them! Thanks for answering that question for me. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Meredith, These little jars have so many uses and possibilities. This but one recipe that I’ve used them for such ad Chocolate Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Mac and Cheese in a jar. You might want to check these out if this something you like. :-)

  • Mission0ps

    They look kinda yummy to me Susan.

    Bit of a foodie fanatic myself as it happens!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      It is one of our favorites for a reason, Mission. I do hope you give it a whirl. :-) Thanks for checking it out. :-)