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Homemade Lemon Cheese Pie

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min. + chilling

Makes

10 servings

Your guests will never dream that this scrumptious pie, created by our Test Kitchen staff, is lighter. It is the perfect make-ahead dessert for any festive occasion.
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Ingredients

  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 3 to 4 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup reduced-fat whipped topping

Directions

  1. Lightly roll out crust into a 12-in. circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim dough to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate, reserving scraps for garnish. Flute edges. Line unpricked pie shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. Roll out dough scraps to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out star shapes with 1-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until very thick. Remove from the heat; stir in butter, lemon zest and food coloring if desired. Gently stir in 1/2 cup lemon juice. Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping and remaining lemon juice. Spread into crust; top with lemon filling. Refrigerate for 6 hours or until the top is set. Garnish with stars.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 341 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 431mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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