Mini Lemon Tarts

I have found these mini lemon tarts to be a great spring dessert. Serve with whipped topping. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
12 mini tarts


Tart Shells:

  • 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup cold unsalted butter

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 tablespoons ice water, or more as needed

Lemon Curd Filling:

  • 6 large egg yolks

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 ½ tablespoons grated lemon zest


  1. Mix flour, butter, and salt together in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, or with a pastry blender, until dough becomes crumbly. Add ice water, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the consistency is smooth. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 12-cup cupcake pan.

  3. Roll out dough on a cutting board and cut into 3-inch circles using a scalloped cookie cutter. Place dough into the prepared pan, pressing down the sides to fit.

  4. Combine egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice, butter, and lemon zest in a heavy, non-aluminum saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and filling thickens slightly. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl and cool, 15 to 20 minutes. Pour filling into the dough cups.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is set, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

229 Calories
12g Fat
29g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 41mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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