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Lemon Crunch Pie
Lemon Crunch Pie is like having a slice of lemon meringue pie, without the meringue. It came about one weekend when my hubby wanted a lemony dessert. The only ingredients I had on hand were pretty much the ones I used to make this pie with. It’s been quite some time since I made a lemon meringue pie, mainly because my hubby and I are the only ones that liked lemon meringue pie. Well, lo and behold my son recently revealed that he had tried Lemon Meringue Pie (somewhere I’m not sure where) and he loved it, a fact that I’ve been telling him for years. So anyway to make a long story short, I made a Lemon Meringue Pie, minus the meringue, and topped the pie with a lemon snap cookie crunch topping. Oh, yeah.
Stauffer’s is best recognized for its original animal crackers but the company also produces a variety of crackers and cookies in three bakeries across the United States. Stauffer’s roots are in York, Pennsylvania where the first animal crackers were produced in 1871. Additional bakeries are also located in Cuba, New York and Santa Ana, California. Stauffer’s west coast bakery started producing crackers and cookies in 2001. Enjoy snacking with delicious Stauffer’s animal crackers in a variety of flavors and shapes. My favorite are the chocolate animal crackers dipped in cool-whip free and my grandkids of course like the iced animal crackers.
Each day, Stauffer’s produces more than 250 tons of animal crackers, cookies and snack crackers. They’re made on fifteen oven lines using only the finest ingredients. Taste the rich cheddar cheese flavor of Whales, the crisp, spicy ginger flavor in the ginger snaps or the refreshing lemon flavor in lemon snaps. All are available in a variety of package sizes.
Stauffer’s offers a variety of seasonal products for Halloween and Christmas. Halloween Boo Bags feature Shortbread Cookies in Halloween shapes coated with orange and black sugar crystals. For the holidays, enjoy real Chocolate Stars, Gingerbread Men, White Fudge Holiday Cookies and Holiday Shortbread Cookies.
Stauffer’s Biscuit Company is proud to be a snacking staple in households across America for over 143 years. In my neck of the woods, Lemon Snaps and Ginger Snaps, can be purchased at the Dollar Tree or Piggly Wiggly. Lemon Snap cookies not only makes a super crunchy topping it also makes a fantastic crust. In fact, both lemon and ginger snap cookies make a fantastic crust. This holiday season try making a pumpkin cheesecake and replacing the usual graham cracker crust with a ginger snap crust. Making a lemon cheesecake? Make a lemon snap cookie crust instead:)
A delicious, lemony pie.
- For the Crust
- 1-½ cups flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup shortening
- 4 tablespoons ice cold water
- For the Filling 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 eggs, separated
- 2 whole lemons, zest and juice
- 1-¼ cups water
- 1-¼ cups sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- For the Topping
- ¼ cups flour
- 14 oz bag Lemon Snap Cookies
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons chilled butter
For the crust:
Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender until small pea-size pieces. Toss in cold water, one tablespoon at a time, with fork until the dough is sticky enough to hold together. Roll out dough, press into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges. Bake the crust at 400ºF for 7 minutes.
For the filling:
Separate egg yolks from whites. Set whites aside for another recipe. Zest and juice the lemons. Pour the water into a medium-sized sauce pan. When it comes to a boil, mix in juice, sugar, cornstarch, and well-beaten egg yolks. Stir until well blended and cook until thick; stirring constantly. Remove from heat, quickly stir in 1 tablespoon butter until melted. Pour into the baked crust.
For the topping:
Toss the flour, lemon cookies, brown sugar and butter in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds, until it’s crumbly but not too fine. Pour over the filling, bake at 350ºF for 17-20 minutes, or until the topping is slightly brown and all the butter has melted. Cool.
Refrigerate for a couple hours and serve cold.
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