Old-Fashioned Lemon Pie

From my mother's personal collection of pie recipes, this is a light, smooth, old-fashioned lemon pie. It has been a family favorite for many years!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
1 9-inch pie


Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar


  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

  • 3 tablespoons hot water

  • cup white sugar, divided

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 large eggs, separated

  • ¾ cup heavy cream


  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs with softened butter and sugar in a bowl thoroughly using the back of a fork. Firmly pat the mixture onto the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan.

  2. Soften gelatin in water for 5 minutes. Combine with 1/3 cup sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt in the top of a double boiler. Beat egg yolks lightly and stir into the lemon mixture. Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly, until thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Let cool, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Beat cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold into the lemon filling.

  4. Beat egg whites with remaining sugar until stiff. Fold into the lemon filling. Pour into the prepared crust and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

302 Calories
18g Fat
33g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 302
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 75mg 2%

* 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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