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Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

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A deliciously flaky crust, tart lemon filling and a dollop of meringue, these mini lemon meringue pies are the perfect size for a heavenly dessert.
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  1. MINI LEMON MERINGUE PIES INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS MINI LEMON MERINGUE PIES RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorites and these mini lemon meringue pies are so cute, your family will delight in the fresh and citrusy treats. Buttery pie crust, filled with tangy lemon curd filling and topped with fluffy meringue all in a tiny, tart-sized package.

Add these along with our cute little mini blueberry cheesecake and pineapple upside down mini cakes to a tray of tiny desserts.

MINI LEMON MERINGUE PIES INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

For the Pie Crust

For the Lemon Curd

  • 2 (10-ounce) jars of lemon curd

For the Meringue

  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

LEMON CURD: If you want to make your own homemade lemon curd for these lemon tarts, you can use that in place of store-bought.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS MINI LEMON MERINGUE PIES RECIPE

PRO TIP:

This recipe can also be made as one large 9-inch pie instead of as tarts.

For the Pie Crust

STEP ONE: Remove the pie crusts from the refrigerator and let them sit on the counter for 15 minutes.

STEP TWO: Gently roll out 1 pie crust onto your work surface. Using a round cookie cutter that is a bit larger than the mini muffin tin circles, cut the pie crust into as many circles as you can. Carefully place the cutouts into the mini muffin tin. Push down in the middle of the cutouts with your fingers and shape the crust to the shape of the pan. Prick the bottoms of the tart shells with a fork to let steam escape while baking.

STEP THREE: Place in the oven and bake per package directions, or until lightly golden brown. Once done baking, remove from the oven and place the mini bites on a wire rack to cool completely.

STEP FOUR: Repeat steps to bake the second batch.

For the Lemon Curd

STEP ONE: Once the mini pie crusts are cooled, fill each tart shell to the top with store-bought lemon curd. Set aside. 

PRO TIP:

Spooning the lemon curd into a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and piping it into the shells makes it much easier than trying to spoon the filling in.

For the Meringue Topping

STEP ONE: In the medium bowl of a stand mixer, add room temperature egg whites. Use the whisk attachment to beat egg whites on medium-high speed until they become frothy and soft peaks form. This takes around one minute.

PRO TIP:

It is very important that your egg whites are at room temperature. They whip faster than cold egg whites and they also whip to a greater volume than cold egg whites.

STEP TWO: While the mixer is still running, add the cream of tartar, then begin adding the sugar a tablespoon at a time while continuing to beat on high. Go slowly when adding the sugar; this part may take 5 to 10 minutes of continuous beating/adding sugar. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to get all sugar incorporated.

PRO TIP:

Cream of tartar helps to stabilize the meringue making it bigger and fluffier.

STEP THREE: When stiff peaks form in the mixture stop the stand mixer. Over-mixing will cause your meringue to fall.

PRO TIP:

Stiff peaks stand up when the beaters are lifted.

STEP FOUR: Add meringue to a piping bag with a tip ¾ of the way full. Pipe meringue on the top of each lemon curd bite.

STEP FIVE: Preheat the oven broiler too high. Place the mini-muffin pan under the broiler until the meringue is evenly toasted, about 2 minutes. Watch it carefully, so it doesn’t burn.

PRO TIP:

If you have a kitchen torch, you could also use that to brown the meringue instead of under the broiler.

HOW TO SERVE

This sweet finger food is a lovely addition to any dessert table, whether for a special occasion or just because. Serve it with a scoop of no-churn vanilla ice cream for something extra fancy and a whipped hot chocolate to wash it down.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Keep your lemon meringue mini pies in an airtight container for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: These little pies will also freeze for up to three months.

I remember my mom making lemon meringue pie when I was little and always being in awe of the cloud of perfect meringue on top that was browned just right. These adorable little tarts will definitely be a winner for your family too.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this lemon dessert?

These lemon meringue tarts can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months.

Can I make one large pie with this tart recipe?

This easy lemon meringue pie recipe can also be used to make a full-size pie if you would like.

How do I save leftover egg yolks?

Leftover egg yolks can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 4 days. Use them in scrambled eggs or an omelet so they don’t go to waste.

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Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

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A deliciously flaky crust, tart lemon filling and a dollop of meringue, these mini lemon meringue pies are the perfect size for a heavenly dessert.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20

Ingredients
  

Pie Crust

Lemon Curd

  • 20 ounces Lemon Curd (two 10-ounce jars)

Meringue

  • 4 egg whites room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions
 

Pie Crust

  • Remove the pie crusts from the refrigerator and let sit on the counter for 15 minutes.
  • Gently roll out 1 pie crust. Using a round cookie cutter that is a bit larger than the mini muffin tin circles, cut the pie crust into as many circles as you can. Carefully place the cutouts into the mini muffin tin. Push down in the middle of the cutouts with your fingers and shape the crust to the shape of the pan.
  • Place in the oven and bake per package directions, or until lightly golden brown. Once done baking, remove from the oven and place the mini bites on a wire rack to completely cool.
  • Repeat steps to bake the second batch.

Lemon Curd

  • Once the mini pie crusts are cooled fill each crust to the top with store bought lemon curd. Set aside.

Meringue

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer add room temperature egg whites. Use the whisk attachment to beat on medium-high until they become frothy and soft peaks form. This takes around one minute.
  • While the mixer is still running add the cream of tartar, then begin adding the sugar a tablespoon at a time, while continuing to beat on high. Go slowly when adding the sugar; this part may take 5 to 10 minutes of continuous beating/adding sugar. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to get all sugar incorporated.
  • When the mixture has formed stiff peaks stop the stand mixture. Over-mixing will cause your meringue to fall.
  • Add meringue to a piping back with a tip ¾ of the way full. Pipe the meringue on the top of each lemon curd bite.
  • Preheat the oven broiler too high. Place the mini-muffin pan under the broiler until the meringue is evenly toasted, about 2 minutes. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn.

Notes

PRO TIP: This recipe can also be made as one large 9-inch pie instead of as tarts.
 
PRO TIP: Spooning the lemon curd into a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and piping it into the shells makes it much easier than trying to spoon the filling in.
 
PRO TIP: It is very important that your egg whites are at room temperature. They whip faster than cold egg whites and they also whip to a greater volume than cold egg whites.
 
PRO TIP: Cream of tartar helps to stabilize the meringue making it bigger and fluffier.
 
PRO TIP: Stiff peaks stand up when the beaters are lifted.
 
PRO TIP: If you have a kitchen torch, you could also use that to brown the meringue instead of under the broiler.

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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