Mini Lemon Tarts

Mini Lemon Tarts

Mini Lemon Tarts


I’m at it again with the mini desserts, I don’t know why. Certainly I could make full size desserts, it’s just that I find these mini’s so darn cute. I knew that I wanted to make lemon tarts today because the wintertime yields the most wonderful and fragrant varieties of citrus. I decided to hit up my local Costco in my quest for the fruit, and lo and behold they had the most gorgeous boxes of Meyer lemons.  I imagine most people wouldn’t react to fruit with such glee, but I have a hard time finding these; and when I do, they’re usually small and unattractive.

So, what you may ask is a Meyer lemon. They are a cross between a lemon and a Mandarin orange.  Their skins are thinner than your garden variety lemon, and the juice is sweeter. The Meyer lemon has less acid, a very floral scent and their season is usually between January and May. And by golly, I just love them.

I should point out, if you make these tarts in the mini muffin tin, please make sure you spray the tin sufficiently so the tarts will release easily. I also made some in 4 inch tart pans, and those were easier to release.

Anyway, I still have tons of these lemons left so you guessed it…Mama’s Gotta Bake somethin’ new tomorrow. I’m thinking muffins.

Mini Lemon Tarts

Mini Lemon Tarts

Mini Lemon Tarts

From The Silver Palate Cookbook

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I love my Meyer lemons

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  1. Forget dinner. What time is dessert? I know chocolate is often the preferred indulgence, but sometime it is just too much. For me, and this always-on-target master blogger, LEMON is the luscious choice. And “mini” can be fit into anyone’s eating regimen, can’t it? Absolutely. Just perfect….thanks. (The tart photo is now my new desktop background.)

    1. These were fabulous and a big hit at our New Years Eve party. I came home with only an empty tray. I found there to be lots of filling left over from my tarts. I would make double the crusts for the filling.

  2. Off to Costco to find Meyer lemons! Love the pics, especially the one with the pie weights…beautiful composition. Not a baker, but feel so inspired, may have to give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. These look delightful and might be just the thing we need for a pick-me-up at my house right now! They had Meyer lemons at my local supermarket today, so step one is complete…

  4. I love love lemon desserts they are so wonderful and these mini tarts are really cute! My Dad has a meyer lemon tree in Ca. but I live in Arkansas so I only get to use these on a few occasions or if I find them at the store. I made lemon curd this weekend but with regular lemons, I can’t wait to make some scones and slather it on.

      1. I’m so confused. The first photo is different from the second. The first looks like what I want to make (mini pies, if you will, with a flour dough – and it looks as if possibly, the filling is more of a lemon curd.) Yet, the second is a photo clearly made in a different mini tart tin, with a cream cheese based filling. Which did you use for which, and what is the filling for the first photo, which is really the mini tart I’d like to make? Both look wonderful, by the way. Thank you!

        1. Hi Jojo, in the first photo I made the dough in a muffin tin. I had some extra dough so I used it in a mini tart pan just to give the readers several ideas. However, it’s all the same dough, and the same filling. The filling for the first photo, as well as the second photo is the one listed in the recipe. Sorry to confuse you! Happy Holidays!

  5. Made these for a pool party to kick off the summer, and they were all gone in just a couple seconds! EVERYONE LOVED THEM!

    Do you have any tips on the chocolate garnish? I COULDN’T SEEM TO MAKE IT LOOK RIGHT…

  6. Just a thought for you- since you love Meyer lemons. I have a Meyer Lemon tree growing in my living room and it bears fabulous fruit. I have never tasted a lemon quite like a meyer. The tree is easy to grow and I put it out on my deck for the summer. In fact it’s out there now with about 30 lemon flowers and already half a dozen lemons forming. You may love having these to pick at your whim.
    Definitely trying this recipe. Thanks. 🙂

  7. I LOVE Meyer lemons! They make nearly everything taste better — they are the stars of the citrus world as far as I’m concerned. You have a beautiful site — I can’t wait to see more of it! And thank you for stopping by MY site — good to have you!

  8. This got grabbed my attention. I have some lemons in the frig and I am on my way to the market for some cream cheese.

  9. Hi there, nice to find your blog, I see you are among the “professionals” around here’ I’m only at the begging of the “road” . I baked the mini tarts myself and I know for sure they taste wonderful.
    Regards, Oana

  10. Made these for guests and they were fantastic. I made them the day before and served with ice cream to counteract the great ‘zing’ of the lemon. Followed recipe closely except I made pastry in food processor too, super quick and easy, and used regular lemons I had on hand. Would definitely recommend this recipe and have written out in my recipe book to make again.

  11. We absolutely love love love your mini desserts — just enough to satisfy a sweet craving AND you don’t have to feel guilty, it’s just a bite after all 🙂 Of course, as all divas know we are always watching our figures. Keep those mini desserts coming Mama’s Gotta Bake!!!

    1. HI Mimi and Sue! Thanks for your comments. As a fellow Diva I too am always watching my figure and for that reason I am always looking for new mini dessert recipes. I always say, everything in moderation!

  12. I made these tonight. Thanks for a great recipe! Two questions if you don’t mind: (1) Where did you find the cute chocolate garnish and (2) What tip did you use to pipe your whipped cream? Thanks again!

    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for taking the time to comment on the recipe. I buy a variety of chocolate garnishes at my local baking supply store. I have also seen them in stores like Cost Plus, Sur La Table, and you can find them online too. To pipe the whipped cream, I used a very large star tip.

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