Sour Cream Lemon Pie Recipe

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I have two go-to deserts! My Flourless chocolate cake and this Sour Cream Lemon Pie. I love love LOVE this pie. It’s the perfect amount of sour lemon and creamy goodness!


I could eat an entire pie myself in one sitting. And I have! I guard this pie fiercely and I’m known to not share very well. My kids love it so I hide it. Silly huh? I really should let them have it so I can make myself a fresh one when it’s gone! It’s not even than time consuming to make. The only frustration is that it has to set before you can enjoy it! It is SO worth it!


Lemon Sour Cream Pie Recipe


  • Cooked 9 inch pie crust
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 ½ Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp lemon rind grated
  • ½ C fresh lemon juice
  • 3 egg yolks slightly beaten
  • 1 C milk
  • ¼ C butter
  • 1 C sour cream


  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon rind, juice, egg yolks and milk in sauce pan, and cook over med heat until thick.
  2. Stir in the butter (I use frozen butter to help it cool) and cool to room temp.
  3. Stir in the Sour cream and Pour into pie shell.
  4. Refrigerate and serve with Whipped cream. (I usually have my first slice after about 4 hours, but it is definitely more set and better the next day)
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I also happen to have the PERFECT pie crust! I make a double or triple batch and plastic wrap and freeze the extra so I have them when I need it! Often I’ll decide at midnight that I need a lemon pie and it’s nice to have this on hand. In fact I keep lemons on hand all the time JUST for a midnight pie creation!


Ashlee has been cake decorating for 8 year, and blogging for 6+. She has 5 children ages 2-12 that she enjoys throwing parties for. She loves to bake, cook, crochet, knit, do home improvement, graphic design, photography and writing.
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    • says

      Thanks! I was never much of a pie person, and this one totally changed me around! I still don’t make a ton of pies, but I’m willing to try them because of how amazing this one is!

    • says

      I’m the same way! I hide my candy/goodies from my kids and husband. They just don’t appreciate the good stuff so they should eat the rest and let me enjoy the good stuff. But then I have to remind myself that I can always make more, and if I share I’ll always get to make myself the fresh stuff!

  1. says

    Oooh yummo, bookmarking this one — lemony pies like lemon meringue are my absolute favorite (but like I’d make meringue, HA!) so I’m really excited to try this. I need to stop clicking on the recipe links cause I swear I’m gaining weight. :) Have a good day!

    • says

      I love lemon goodness too!!! But I’m not REALLY into meringue! So using Whipped cream instead is my drug of choice! I hope you like it! I love collecting recipes from online, but I’m WAY behind on trying them all! Mostly because they all sound so good I can’t pick which one to try next!

  2. Joni says

    This pie looks fab! I am a huge lover of lemons and the combo of lemons and sour cream sound amazing together. Joni

    • says

      Thanks! The summer I got the recipe from my mom I made it at LEAST once a week. Of course I was nursing a newborn so I was a veracious eater! It is SO good!

    • says

      I’m not sure. It will probably affect the taste, but how much? Who knows. It will probably still be wonderful. The real question is would it affect how it sets?

  3. says

    This looks & sounds delish! Will definitely make it. I used to hide things from my kids when they were young ~ so funny! :-) Now, I think my son & d-i-l try to do this too. My daughter loves anything lemon so this will be a must.

    I’m your newest follower too. Stop by and say hi when you can. Off to look for more recipes here…


  4. says

    mmm…. I’ve been hunting for this recipe for forever – thanks so much for sharing it on the SYS Blog Party! I love lemon pie, and don’t care much for the typical lemon meringue variety.


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