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Mini Strawberry Lemon Tarts

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Mini Strawberry Lemon Tarts are a bright and flavorful spring dessert.

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This easy dessert recipe uses mini pie shells to save you time in the kitchen. Another time saving special treat are these lemon curd cookies.

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What is a lemon tart?

If you have never had a lemon tart you have been missing out! 

Lemon tarts generally have a pastry type of pie crust. Inside the crust is a lemon custard filling.

Many recipes call for the custard filling to be baked in the oven. 

The lemon custard filling is generally a fairly simple recipe that requires eggs, sugar and lemon juice. 

Lemon tarts are sweet and tart and very lemony. If you like lemon bars you will probably adore lemon tarts!

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Ingredients for Mini Lemon Tarts

There are only 6 ingredients in this delicious tart recipe. The bold lemon flavor is truly addicting. 

  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • Mini Pie Shells
ingredients for mini strawberry lemon tarts

How to Make Mini Strawberry Lemon Tarts

I love small handheld desserts. These lemon tarts are single serving and are perfect on a platter for parties. 

This is a simple recipe to double or triple for a crowd.

Step 1: Make Custard

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the eggs, granulated sugar, and butter over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Stir the ingredients while they are cooking to make sure they are well-combined. Continue stirring until the ingredients are all melted together.

Add the lemon juice and the lemon rind to the mixture and stir to combine. 

Lower the heat to medium and whisk the ingredients often for about 6-7 minutes or until a thick custard forms.

custard in a pot next to strawberries and a blue cloth with flowers on it

Step 2: Chill Custard

Once the custard has formed, remove the saucepan from the heat. Pour the custard into a medium-sized bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. 

Place the custard in the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours.

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Step 3: Bake Pie Shells

While the custard is chilling it is time to prepare the frozen mini pie shells. 

Bake the pie shells according to the package directions.

Once they are cooked, remove the shells from the oven and allow them to cool completely.

halved strawberries and a knife on a white plate next to tart shells being filled with custard on a wire rack and a bowl of custard on a blue cloth with flowers on it

Step 4: Fill Shells

Once the custard is chilled and the pie shells are cooled it is time to fill the shells. 

Fill each pie shell with custard and then top with a slice of strawberry.

Refrigerate any leftovers.

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You can print off the complete ingredients and instructions for these mini strawberry lemon tarts via the recipe card below.

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easy mini strawberry lemon tarts

Mini Strawberry Lemon Tarts

Corinne Schmitt
Mini Strawberry Lemon Tarts are an easy dessert idea made with mini pie shells and filled with delicious lemon custard.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 5 people


  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 small lemons juice and rind of 2 small lemons
  • 3 strawberries sliced
  • 10 mini pie shells frozen


  • In a medium-sized sauce pan, mix together eggs, sugar and butter over medium high heat. Stir until all ingredients are melted and are well-incorporated with each other.
  • Add lemon juice and lemon rind. Stir.
  • Lower heat to medium and whisk the ingredients consistently, for about 6-7 minutes, until a thick custard forms.
  • Pour lemon custard into a bowl, covering it with plastic. Chill in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
  • Bake frozen pie shells according to package’s directions. Cool completely.
  • Once everything is chilled, fill up each pie shell with custard. Top off with a strawberry slice. Serve and enjoy!
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