Lemon Cream Parfait Pie Jars. Homemade lemon curd layered with graham or butter cookie crust and sweetened cream cheese and whipped cream. The perfect dessert for parties, Mother's Day, Spring, or Summer parties. It's a lemon cream pie in a jar. Also, tips on how to make it into a 9 inch lemon cream pie.

Lemon Cream Parfait Pie Jars

Lemon Cream Parfait Pie Jars are layers of flavors. It starts with a butter cookie crust, lemon cream filling, and topped with a sweet cream cheese and whipped cream topping. Lemon lovers will love this dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon parfait
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 8
Author Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey


Lemon Curd:

  • 1 cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice about 4 Lemons
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 6 Eggs
  • 12 Tablespoons Butter 3/4 cup
  • Lemon Zest optional


  • 2 cups Butter Cookies* or Graham Crackers crushed
  • 4-6 Tablespoons Butter melted
  • 1/4 cup Sugar

Vanilla Cream Topping:

  • 1 - 8- ounce pkg. Cream Cheese softened
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla or Vanilla Beans


  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • *I used Pepperidge Farm Chessman Butter Cookies


  1. In a medium pot, stir together lemon juice, sugar, and eggs over medium-low heat. After it has dissolved, stir in butter. Cook on low heat for 6-8 minutes, or until the lemon curd starts to coat the back of a spoon and become thick. Bubbles should start to form. Once bubbles start to form, cook about 1 minute longer or until it becomes thick. Stir in lemon zest, if desired.
  2. Place in jar or bowl and chill in the refrigerator. The lemon curd needs to chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or in the freezer for 25 minutes.
  3. To make crust:
  4. Place crushed butter cookies or graham crackers in a bowl. Stir in melted butter (start with 4 TB and can add more) and sugar.
  5. To make Vanilla Cream Topping:
  6. In a small bowl, whip cream cheese for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat for 1 minute longer. Set aside.
  7. In another bowl, whip heavy cream until firm peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture.
  8. To make lemon cream parfaits:
  9. Layer crust, lemon cream filling, and vanilla cream topping into dessert jars of choice. Top with remaining crust, if so desired and garnish with mint leaves.
  10. Chill until serving.
  11. To make the lemon cream pie:
  12. Firmly press crust into 9-inch pie pan. Pour chilled lemon curd on top of the crust. Spread vanilla cream topping over crust. Garnish with sliced of lemon and mint leaves, if so desired. Chill.