Lemon Meringue Whoopie Pies are a swiss meringue buttercream and a tart lemon curd nestled between two lemon cakes.
The perfect summertime treat!
Sweet little lemon meringue whoopie pies have delicate swiss meringue buttercream and tart lemon curd sandwiched between two tender little cakes. If you love lemon meringue pie then you will no doubt love this whoopie pie recipe. It’s like a great pie turned into a cookie sandwich and it’s simply perfect.
What is a Whoopie Pie?
A whoopie pie is the name given to puffy cookies with filling in between. Stacked together like a sandwich, whoopie pie recipes have gone on to include a wide variety of different flavors over the years and are no longer as plain as chocolate or vanilla.
These lemon whoopie pies are two puffy lemon-flavored cookies with a cake-like texture. Sandwiched in between each cookie are a homemade swiss meringue buttercream (Martha Stewart’s recipe) and a homemade lemon curd. This recipe is super simple and easy to make but can be a tad time-consuming, especially for the frosting. But it’s a labor of love and totally worth it in the end. Every bite is a deliciously perfect blend of sweet and tart.
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Lemon zest
- Lemon juice
- Vanilla extract
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
- Large egg whites
- Granulated sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Melted butter
- Granulated sugar
- Lemon zest
- Fresh lemon juice
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Lemon Meringue Whoopie Pies
- Position your oven rack to the center of the oven and preheat it to 375 degrees F.
- Line two sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl using an electric handheld mixer, combine the butter, shortening, and sugars until smooth and creamy.
- Beat in the eggs and buttermilk until fully combined.
- Add in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. carefully beat the flour mixture into the lemon mixture a little at a time, until fully incorporated.
- Drop the dough by the rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets. make sure to leave at least 2 inches of space between each.
- Bake in the oven for 12 minutes and allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
- While the whoopie pie shells are baking, prepare the filling.
Prepare the frosting
- Set a heatproof bowl over a pan full of simmering water like a DIY double boiler.
- Add to it your egg whites, sugar, and a pinch of salt.
- Whisk continuously until the sugar has dissolved and is completely smooth.
- Use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to beat the egg white mixture, starting on low speed and gradually working your way to medium-high speed. Continue until stiff peaks form.
- Continue to mix until the egg white mixture is light, fluffy, and shiny. the bowl should be cooled to the touch. This will take about 10-15 minutes.
- Return the mixer to low speed and add in the butter, a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- when the butter has been incorporated, add in the vanilla.
- Switch to a paddle attachment on your mixer and continue to beat until all of the air bubbles are out, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go.
- Continue to beat until the buttercream is smooth.
- Keep at room temperature until ready to use.
Prepare lemon curd
- Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a bowl.
- Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice.
- Stir in the melted butter.
- Cook the mixture in the microwave in 1-minute intervals stirring between each, until the mixture has thickened. This should take about 2-4 minutes.
- Pipe a small amount of buttercream on one whoopie pie.
- Add a spoonful of lemon curd on top of the frosting.
- Top with another whoopie pie.
- Serve and enjoy!
How long are lemon whoopie pies good for?
These little cake-like cookies can be safely kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
What is whoopie pie filling made of?
Most commonly seen whoopie pies are filled with frostings like buttercream or marshmallow cream. In our case, we’re filling it with buttercream and lemon curd for a flavor-packed experience.
Want more whoopie pie recipes to try? Check these out!
- Caramel Apple Whoopie Pies
- Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pie Recipe
- Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pie Recipe
- Chocolate Whoopie Pie Recipe with Cherry Filling
Want more lemon desserts? Try this Lemon Crumb Cake, The BEST Lemon Pie, Lemon Frosted Zucchini Cake, Lemon Strawberry Scones, Lemon Zucchini Cookies, Mini Lemon Hand Pies or Lemon Sugar Donuts!
Mini Lemon Hand Pies
Mini lemon hand pies are buttery and flaky pie dough, shaped into a single-sized portions and filled with homemade lemon curd!
For the lemon curd:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 lemon zested
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 14.1 package refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Crust
- 1 whole egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/8 teaspoon vegetable oil
- In a bowl, combine sugar and eggs. Whisk in lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir in melted butter. Microwave lemon mixture for 1-minute stir. Continue to heat lemon mixture in 1-minute intervals until mixture begins to thicken and easily coats the back of a spoon. Refrigerate to set.
- Meanwhile, bring piecrust to room temperature. Unroll one pie crust on a floured surface. Using a 3â?? biscuit cutter cut crust into circles and place dough on a cookie tray. You should get about 10-12 circles. Repeat with remaining piecrust. Place trays of dough in the refrigerator to chill about for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425. Prepare egg wash by lightly beating together the egg and the water. Remove dough from the refrigerator and place a spoonful of lemon curd onto the center of one tray of dough. Brush edges with egg wash and place circles from second tray over each lemon topped pie. Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal the pies. Generously brush the tops of each pie with remaining egg wash. Using a pairing knife, carefully cute 3 slits onto the tops of each pie. Bake pies for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Let cool completely.
- In a small bowl, melt chocolate and vegetable oil together. Drizzle white chocolate over pies. Let set completely before storing.
Serving Size1 mini pie
Amount Per Serving Calories 240Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 85mgSodium 152mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 1gSugar 20gProtein 4g
Lemon Meringue Whoopie Pies
Sweet little lemon meringue whoopie pies have delicate swiss meringue buttercream and tart lemon curd.
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
- 4 tablespoons shortening
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 lemon, zested
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Swiss Meringue Buttercream (Martha Stewart)
- 5 large egg whites
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 lb unsalted room temperature butter, cut into tablespoons
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 lemon zested
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- Position oven rack in the center and preheat oven to 375. Line two sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of mixer, combine butter, shortening, and sugars until smooth creamy. Beat in eggs and the buttermilk until fully combined.
- Add the lemon zest, the lemon juice and the vanilla and beat until well mixed.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Carefully beat in the flour mixture, a little at a time until fully incorporated.
- Drop dough by tablespoons onto lined baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between pies. Bake for 12 minutes or until edges are golden. Remove and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
- While pies are baking prepare frosting.
- For the frosting, combine egg whites, sugar and pinch of salt in a heatproof stand mixer bowl that has been set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk mixture constantly until the sugar has dissolved and is completely smooth.
- Attach bowl to mixer and using the whisk attachment, whisk on low to start. Gradually increase the mixer speed to medium high until stiff peaks begin to form. Continue mixing on medium high until mixture is light, fluffy and shiny. Bowl should be cool to the touch. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
- Return mixer speed to low and add the butter a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition. When butter has been incorporated, add in vanilla. Switch to your paddle attachment and continue beating a low to remove all the air bubbles. Scrape bowl and continue beating until buttercream is smooth. Keep at room temperature until ready to use.
- For the lemon curd, whisk together eggs and sugar. Stir in lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir in melted butter. Cook mixture in microwave in 1 minute intervals until curd has thickened. About 2-4 minutes.
- Pipe a small amount of buttercream on one whoopie pie. Spoon a spoonful of lemon curd over frosting. Top with another whoopie pie.
Serving Size1 whoopie pie
Amount Per Serving Calories 302Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 83mgSodium 304mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 0gSugar 14gProtein 3g
Swiss Meringue Buttercream adapted from Martha Stewart
Oh man, these look delicious, like lemon meringue burgers. Delicious. But seriously – the boogers? Gross!
Seriously boogers, so gross!!! Thanks Sarah!
Terrell Adam says
1864 grms cholestorol? Are you serious? This Nutritional fact sheet has be wrong or a joke? If not a joke then these are poisionous for healthy humans. Seriously!!!
I a working with the developer to get the nutrion card fixded. Thanks!
Lisa @ Wine & Glue says
OMG. A booger collection???? Stop it. That is the grossest thing I’ve heard in a LONG TIME! 🙂 These look amazing, by the way!
Isn’t though?? Yikes! I’d be burning those sheets! Thanks Lisa!
WOW these look delicious! Incredible 😀 Pinning now and will be making these FOR SURE!!!! Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you Hannah!
Ewww I just threw up a little at the booger story. But I still want these whoopie pies!
It is totally gross isn’t it? I’m die if that were my kid!
Paula @Call Me PMc says
I adore lemon flavored anything, love this!!…. I cannot talk about the Boogie collection! My son collected rocks until he was 5 or 6, ugh. I hated it.
Thank you Paula! Kids collect some funny things don’t they?
Heather @ French Press says
I LOVE lemon desserts! these are SO cute Tanya
Thank you Heather. I tend to love lemon too!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
LOL. You should see my daughters room. I spend an hour cleaning it out and no joke, a week later it’s like her room grows crap.
I love these whoopie pies!
THats why I love cleaning when I know they’ll be gone. It takes them a while to build up all the junk! Thanks Dorothy!
What a fun twist to lemon meringue pie! Love these Tanya!
Love Whoopie pies! This sweet little lemon pie looks so nice for a summer tea!
Thank you Raquel!
Kim of Mo'Betta (@kimslittlelife) says
My kids’ rooms are insane. My 12 y/o’s…probably a biohazard. Which reminds me I need to get off the computer and go clean! But first…yum! These look amazing. Lemon curd is one of my favorite things!
Thank you Kim!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
Booger collection is TOO GROSS! I have to admit that crying about washing them away is pretty hilarious.
I love, love getting rid of stuff. Fortunately, my kids don’t mind too much so I don’t have to wait until they are away. My problem is that they have too many toys in general. It’s harder to part with things when it’s perfectly good and they actually play with it sometimes. We definitely need to do a clean out before the holidays!
These whoopie pies are so pretty! And I love seeing a lemon recipe on Lemons for Lulu 🙂
It is gross isn’ it? Getting rid of stuff is so therapeutic I think! Lemons seemed perfect for the blog!
These pies = amazing. Thanks for this inspiring recipe!
Thank you so much! I loved these pies!
I love lemons and these look awesome – pinned!
The Domestic Rebel says
Want, need, LOVE! Lemon is so perfect in the summertime. Dying over that luscious curd!
Lemon curd may have been my favorite part!
I want to devour the Swiss Meringue Buttercream by the spoonful! These look awesome!
Oh it was hard not eating just the frosting! Thanks Cathy!
Gloria Phillips (@simplygloria1) says
Oh my! I love making whoopie pies…I just love the texture of them. And I know these are a sure winner! Yummy Lemon!! Everything about the creation is making my mouth water…
I adore whoopie pies, and don’t make them enough! Thanks Gloria!
Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats says
Yum! This looks delicious. I have been loving everything lemon lately! 🙂 Great post! Pinning.
Me too Krista! Thank you!
BruCrew Life says
Holy mother of pete, these look to die for!!!! I love that you can see both the buttercream and curd!!
Thank you Jocelyn!
Yummy! I love anything lemon!
I grew up on Whoopie Pies and Lemon Meringue Pies are my FAVORITE. What a wonderful combination!
Thank you Debiliee! I was pleased with how they turned out!
YUMMMYY!! I love just about anything lemon and these sound a little like your own little lemon creme pie!
Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) says
Whoopie pies are one of my all time favorite treats. These look and sound so good with the lemon meringue twist!
Whoopie pies are the best little treat! i love the meringue was wonderful!
Erin @ Sisters Sweet and Tasty Temptations says
My sister absolutely loves whoopie pie cookies (they were even her “wedding cake”) I can’t wait to make her this version for her birthday.
I hope she likes these as much as I do!
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
When I was little I collected bookmarks!! I loved those things! I’ve totally been purging every nook and cranny of this house to get ready for a move this fall. You’re right– it feels amazing to throw everything away! But not as good as Lemon Meringue Whoopie Pies. What the what? LOVE IT.
Oh my gosh, I remember loving book marks too! That was back when we actually went to bookstores! Thanks Heather!
Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life says
I envy that you have a place to send your kids to for a week! I have teens, and they don’t go away easily LOL These whoopie pies sure would make me feel better, though. And I am happy to say that none of my kids were booger collectors!
These adorable little pies look so good and the lemon is perfect for spring!
I knew someone growing up who collected scabs….and she literally brought them to school for show and tell one time! OMG! And my daughter is currently collecting a giant wad of hot pink fuzz….from a blanket, I think….and I have NO idea why! Cookbooks, though? That I can totally see. Especially when it leads to delicious little treats like these!