Lemon Meringue Cheesecake


This lemon meringue cheesecake is the best of both worlds if you love lemon meringue pie and cheesecake! It's great any time of the year and will surely impress your guests. I think it tastes even better the day after it's made, like most cheesecakes.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
1 9-inch cake



  • 2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs

  • ¼ cup melted butter


  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 medium lemon, zested

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Meringue Topping:

  • 4 large egg whites

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar (Optional)

  • 1 ½ cups lemon curd


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Make the crust: Mix cookie crumbs and melted butter together in a bowl until evenly combined; press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

  3. Make the filling: Beat cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar together in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla until smooth, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed. Spread mixture over crust in the springform pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until almost set in the center, about 1 hour. Let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour, then refrigerate until completely cooled, at least 3 to 4 hours.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  6. Make the meringue: Beat egg whites in a bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar and cream of tartar until mixture is glossy and stiff peaks form.

  7. Spread lemon curd over chilled cheesecake. Mound whipped egg whites over top and spread until curd is completely covered.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until meringue is golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and chill, uncovered, in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day before serving. Don't cover the meringue or it may collapse.

    close up view of a Lemon Meringue Cheesecake with a slice missing on a platter


You can make two of these in one shot. Freeze one without the meringue for later use.

I make my own lemon curd using the leftover egg yolks from the meringue.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

483 Calories
29g Fat
52g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 483
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 138mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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