homemade lemon dessert

Homemade Lemon Dessert

A refreshing and zesty lemon dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. This recipe combines the tartness of fresh lemons with a sweet and creamy texture for a delightful treat.


  • For the crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 4 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • For the topping:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare the crust:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and granulated sugar.
  • Stir in the melted butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  • Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9×9 inch baking pan.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.
  1. Make the lemon filling:
  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the granulated sugar and cornstarch.
  • Gradually whisk in the water and lemon juice until smooth.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and starts to bubble.
  • Reduce the heat to low, and gradually whisk in the beaten egg yolks, stirring constantly.
  • Continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes, until the mixture is thick and glossy.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the lemon zest and butter until smooth.
  • Pour the lemon filling over the cooled crust, spreading it evenly.
  1. Prepare the topping:
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread the whipped cream evenly over the lemon filling.
  1. Chill and serve:
  • Refrigerate the dessert for at least 2 hours, or until set.
  • Cut into squares and serve chilled. Enjoy!

This lemon dessert is sure to be a hit with its tangy, sweet flavors and creamy texture.

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