Mini Lemon Curd Tarts

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Mini lemon curd tarts are a sweet and tangy treat to end your day. The buttery pastry dough crust comes together easily with just 5 ingredients!

Mini lemon tarts topped with fresh raspberries on a slate board.

I have a soft spot for anything lemon flavored. From lemon yogurt to lemon pasta to lemon tarts, I can’t resist.

If I’m at a restaurant and there’s a lemon dessert on the menu it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that’s what I’ll be getting. And if it involves lemon curd? It’s not even a question.

If you love lemons too, you need to try these mini lemon tarts! They’re perfect for brunches and bridal showers, potluck cookouts, or simply as a sweet way to end your night.

These tartlets are bite-sized for built-in portion control and they’re cute as can be!

What you’ll love about this mini lemon tart recipe:


  • Easy to make with just five ingredients
  • Full of bright lemon flavor on a buttery pastry crust
  • Bite-sized perfection for portion control!

Step by Step photo collage showing how to make tart dough in a food processor.

Mini lemon tart ingredients

These lemon curd tartlets are made with a tender and flaky pastry dough that comes together easily into a delicious crust. You’ll love how delicious they are!

  • Unsalted Butter. Whenever you’re baking, you’ll want to be sure to grab unsalted butter unless the recipe specifically calls for something else. Nothing is worse than an accidentally salty dessert!
  • Flour. Whole grain flour can have an overpowering flavor, so use all-purpose flour for these delicate lemon tarts. You can use a gluten-free flour blend if you want though!
  • Vanilla. I like to add a splash of vanilla to the dough. It really enhances the flavor and gives it a touch of sweetness.
  • Lemon Curd. I filled these mini tarts with homemade lemon curd. It’s delicious, plus I love that it allows me to control the ingredients and the amount of sugar. If you don’t want to make your own, store-bought lemon curd definitely works as a filling, too! I like Dickinson’s, which is relatively easy to find at most grocery stores.

Tips for making mini tartlet shells

If you have a food processor, it’s worth it to pull it out for this recipe. It makes the crust come together so quickly! If you don’t have a food processor, you can make it by hand by cutting the butter into the flour using a pastry blender or two knives. Note that if making this dough by hand, you may need an extra tablespoon or two of water, depending on the humidity. Add more if needed, but go slowly and add just enough to help the dough come together.

Refrigerate the crusts before cooking. This will help them hold their shape as they bake and will make them easier to roll out.

Make sure you “dock” the crust by using a fork to poke a few holes in the bottom of each one. You’ll also fill the dough with pie weights, dried beans, or lentils. This prevents the crust from puffing up while it bakes so the tart shells keep their round, cupped shape.

If you have individual tartlet molds, it’s helpful to place them on a baking sheet. This makes them easier to transport and ensures they sit evenly on the oven rack while they bake.

To prep these lemon tartlets ahead of time: These mini tarts will keep for a day or two in the refrigerator, but the crust can begin to soften over time. For the best presentation, add the filling the same day you plan to serve them. The prepared lemon curd will keep in the refrigerator for about 1 week and the unfilled crusts will keep for several days in an airtight container at room temperature after they’ve been baked.

Pro Tip: These tarts are absolutely adorable when you make them in tiny tart pans, but if you don’t have any, you can make these shells by pressing the dough into a mini muffin tin.

Overhead view of mini lemon tarts with lemon curd and fresh raspberries.

Substitutions and Variations

For gluten-free tartlets: To make this recipe gluten-free, swap the flour for your favorite cup-for-cup gluten-free blend. I like the flour blends from Trader Joe’s and King Arthur. DO NOT attempt to use all almond flour — the dough won’t come together the way it should.

For extra lemon flavor: For extra puckery lemon flavor, whisk 1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon zest into the lemon curd before filling the tarts.

Switch up the filling: I absolutely love the bright, tangy flavor of lemon curd or grapefruit curd but you can also fill these mini tart shells with preserves for a pie-like flavor, chocolate ganache for a super-rich treat, or your favorite pudding or mousse.

Play with garnishes: Fresh berries look so cute on these tartlets. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries all pair nicely with the lemon flavor. You could also top these with candied lemon peel, shortbread cookie crumbs, or a dollop of meringue or toasted marshmallow. You could also do torched sugar, like a mini creme brulee!

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Close up view of a min lemon tartlet with a bite taken out.
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Mini Lemon Curd Tarts

Delightfully tangy lemon tarts on a crisp, all-butter pastry crust.
I love using my homemade lemon curd in this recipe! If you plan to make your own curd, you'll need egg yolks, whole eggs, fresh lemons, butter, and sugar.
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Course: Healthy Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Lauren Keating

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons cold water
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ cup lemon curd preferably homemade
  • Fresh berries for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  • Add the flour, butter, and salt to a food processor. Pour in the cold water and pulse 3-5 times, to form a crumbly dough that you can easily mold with your hands.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it into a ball. If the dough is too dry to come together, add more water 1 Tablespoon at a time.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for one hour.
  • Once the dough is chilled, heat your oven to 350°F.
  • Working on a floured surface, roll the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Place your tart shell tins underneath the dough and press down on the crust (or roll over it with your rolling pin) to get a perfect cut for the shell.
  • Use a fork to dock the crusts by poking them 2-3 times. Line the inside of the shells with dried beans or pie weights.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and 1 Tablespoon water; set aside.
  • Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes then, remove the weights and foil and brush the crusts with the egg wash. Bake for another 15 minutes, or until the shells are golden brown and cooked through.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Spoon 1 Tablespoon of lemon curd into each tart shell. Garnish with fresh berries, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Mini Lemon Curd Tarts
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 197IU4%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

By on August 18th, 2021

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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