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Lemon Curd Tarts

December 2, 2019Teresa

Lemon Curd Tarts are awesome. I love Lemon Curd. It’s not something I grew up eating either. But I love the tangy sweet taste of lemons in a jelly form. It reminds me a lot of the lemon pie filling that’s made in Fried Pies here in Texas. Just plain yum!

I’ve been wanting to try making a version of this for quite a few years. This was the year we put it on our baking list for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza. My husband and I spent about ten days baking non-stop. We ended up making 5,834 cookies this year. Whewwww. We are both so, so tired. I’ve washed more dishes and kitchen towels then I want to in a month of Sundays. 🙁

Truthfully, even though I have a huge sweet tooth, cookies won’t be on my menu for awhile. I don’t mind seeing them. But let someone else do the work! Even still, I will probably be back in the kitchen in a couple of weeks when I’ve recovered. 🙂

I modeled this recipe loosely off our Pecan Treats recipe. He always makes the high maintenance recipes for me each year. I asked him if he felt like giving this one a go after making about 500 Pecan Treats. He was, so we went for it! The Pecan Treats are very rich and sweet. But I knew the Lemon Curd Tarts would not be as sweet. So I added a little powdered sugar to the crust layer. I also sprinkled the tops with powdered sugar and added a pinch of lemon zest to top them off.

We loved them. This is only a six ingredient recipe, but if you make your own lemon curd, this recipe would be even more heavenly!

Christmas cookie deliveries start going out today. Some to John’s work place, some to our church, others will be getting packages arriving in a few days. This week John will be making the rounds to our neighbors (160 of them) and delivering little goody bags to them too. Everyone loves our cookies, but I’m glad to be done with it for another year.

Lemon Curd Tarts are perfect for holiday baking, Christmas Cookie Exchanges or just because you love lemon curd! If you haven’t compiled all of your holiday baking recipes yet, put this recipe on the list!

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Lemon Curd Tarts are drool-worthy!

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These delicious tarts are perfect for holiday baking or Christmas Cookie Exchanges.

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If you enjoy Lemon Curd, you’ll love these miniature pies.

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The lemon curd really pops.

Here’s the recipe.

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I used these ingredients.

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Soften cream cheese and butter and place in a mixing bowl. I actually laid mine out on the counter the night before so it was ready the next day.

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Cream ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth.

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Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add powdered sugar.

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Mix ingredients until thoroughly combined.

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Measure out one level tablespoon of the dough. Use a spatula or knife to cut off any excess so you have exactly one level tablespoon.

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Roll the tablespoon of dough in your hands to form a ball.

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Spray miniature muffin tins with cooking spray. Place balls of dough into each tin.

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Press dough into the tin to form the shell.

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Add one level teaspoon of lemon curd to each shell.

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Here, the lemon curd has been added to the miniature muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 20-40 minutes until the top crust starts getting lightly browned.

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While tarts are baking, shred lemon. Set aside.

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Allow tarts to cool at least 15 minutes before generously sprinkling with powdered sugar. Then add a pinch of grated lemon zest.

If you add the powdered sugar too soon, it dissolves into the hot crust and you will have to re-do this step!

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I actually transferred my tarts to miniature paper liners to serve.

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Lemon Curd Tarts will cure any sweet tooth craving you have!

Lemon Curd Tarts | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This awesome 6 ingredient #recipe is perfect for #holiday #baking & #ChristmasCookieExchanges. These festive #cookies are filled with #LemonCurd & are absolutely delightful. Every bite will have you drooling! #lemons #dessert #LemonDessert #LemonCurdTarts

These jewels will rock your world!

Lemon Curd Tarts | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This awesome 6 ingredient #recipe is perfect for #holiday #baking & #ChristmasCookieExchanges. These festive #cookies are filled with #LemonCurd & are absolutely delightful. Every bite will have you drooling! #lemons #dessert #LemonDessert #LemonCurdTarts

Every bite is so mouthwatering.

Here’s the recipe.

LEMON CURD TARTS

(My own concoction)

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Lemon Curd Tarts are awesome! These delicious treats have a cream cheese crust and they're filled with lemon curd. A little sprinkling of powdered sugar and a pinch of lemon zest top them off. Every bite is absolutely delightful. Perfect dessert for holiday baking or Christmas Cookie Exchanges.
Lemon Curd Tarts | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This awesome 6 ingredient #recipe is perfect for #holiday #baking & #ChristmasCookieExchanges. These festive #cookies are filled with #LemonCurd & are absolutely delightful. Every bite will have you drooling! #lemons #dessert #LemonDessert #LemonCurdTarts
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SHELL:
LEMON CURD FILLING:
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SHELL:
LEMON CURD FILLING:
Lemon Curd Tarts | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This awesome 6 ingredient #recipe is perfect for #holiday #baking & #ChristmasCookieExchanges. These festive #cookies are filled with #LemonCurd & are absolutely delightful. Every bite will have you drooling! #lemons #dessert #LemonDessert #LemonCurdTarts
Instructions
SHELL:
  1. Spray miniature muffin tins generously with cooking spray.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Mix the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  4. Add flour and powdered sugar.
  5. If necessary, add a little additional flour so the texture is not too sticky.
  6. Measure one level tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball.
  7. Place in individual miniature muffin tins and maneuver the dough so it spreads to the top and sides of muffin.
  8. Set aside.
LEMON CURD FILLING:
  1. Spoon one level teaspoon lemon curd into each prepared shell.
  2. Bake at 350 for 20-40 minutes or until the top crust starts getting lightly browned.
  3. Remove from oven.
  4. Cool tarts in pans about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the tops of each muffin generously with powdered sugar.
  6. Then sprinkle a pinch of lemon zest over top of each muffin.
  7. Cool completely before removing tarts from muffin tins.
  8. Place each tart in a miniature paper liner.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: If the shell dough is too sticky, it’s harder to work with. The original recipe called for just one cup of flour (and no powdered sugar). To prevent the dough from sticking to our hands constantly, we found this ratio a lot better.

NOTE: You have to wait sufficiently long enough for the tarts to cool before adding the powdered sugar on top. Otherwise, the powdered sugar completely dissolves into the tart. I waited between 15-20 minutes before sprinkling powdered sugar on top.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

Lemon Curd Tarts | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This awesome 6 ingredient #recipe is perfect for #holiday #baking & #ChristmasCookieExchanges. These festive #cookies are filled with #LemonCurd & are absolutely delightful. Every bite will have you drooling! #lemons #dessert #LemonDessert #LemonCurdTarts

Every bite was so delectable.

Lemon Curd Tarts | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This awesome 6 ingredient #recipe is perfect for #holiday #baking & #ChristmasCookieExchanges. These festive #cookies are filled with #LemonCurd & are absolutely delightful. Every bite will have you drooling! #lemons #dessert #LemonDessert #LemonCurdTarts

Lemon Curd Tarts are great for office parties.

Lemon Curd Tarts | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This awesome 6 ingredient #recipe is perfect for #holiday #baking & #ChristmasCookieExchanges. These festive #cookies are filled with #LemonCurd & are absolutely delightful. Every bite will have you drooling! #lemons #dessert #LemonDessert #LemonCurdTarts

If you’re having company over during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Lemon Curd Tarts should be one the menu!

You may also enjoy these delicious recipes!

Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Lemon Blondies

Lemon Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

English Lemon Shortbread Strips

English Lemon Shortbread Strips | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Print Recipe
Lemon Curd Tarts BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Lemon Curd Tarts are awesome! These delicious treats have a cream cheese crust and they're filled with lemon curd. A little sprinkling of powdered sugar and a pinch of lemon zest top them off. Every bite is absolutely delightful. Perfect dessert for holiday baking or Christmas Cookie Exchanges.
Lemon Curd Tarts | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This awesome 6 ingredient #recipe is perfect for #holiday #baking & #ChristmasCookieExchanges. These festive #cookies are filled with #LemonCurd & are absolutely delightful. Every bite will have you drooling! #lemons #dessert #LemonDessert #LemonCurdTarts
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SHELL:
LEMON CURD FILLING:
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SHELL:
LEMON CURD FILLING:
Lemon Curd Tarts | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This awesome 6 ingredient #recipe is perfect for #holiday #baking & #ChristmasCookieExchanges. These festive #cookies are filled with #LemonCurd & are absolutely delightful. Every bite will have you drooling! #lemons #dessert #LemonDessert #LemonCurdTarts
Instructions
SHELL:
  1. Spray miniature muffin tins generously with cooking spray.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Mix the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  4. Add flour and powdered sugar.
  5. If necessary, add a little additional flour so the texture is not too sticky.
  6. Measure one level tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball.
  7. Place in individual miniature muffin tins and maneuver the dough so it spreads to the top and sides of muffin.
  8. Set aside.
LEMON CURD FILLING:
  1. Spoon one level teaspoon lemon curd into each prepared shell.
  2. Bake at 350 for 20-40 minutes or until the top crust starts getting lightly browned.
  3. Remove from oven.
  4. Cool tarts in pans about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the tops of each muffin generously with powdered sugar.
  6. Then sprinkle a pinch of lemon zest over top of each muffin.
  7. Cool completely before removing tarts from muffin tins.
  8. Place each tart in a miniature paper liner.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: If the shell dough is too sticky, it’s harder to work with. The original recipe called for just one cup of flour (and no powdered sugar). To prevent the dough from sticking to our hands constantly, we found this ratio a lot better.

NOTE: You have to wait sufficiently long enough for the tarts to cool before adding the powdered sugar on top. Otherwise, the powdered sugar completely dissolves into the tart. I waited between 15-20 minutes before sprinkling powdered sugar on top.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

4 Comments

  • Anna

    December 8, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    I don’t like cookies either, but I don’t have a sweet tooth as well. Unfortunately, my family do 😀 So I cook them something sweet from time to time just for them not to buy some refined stuff at a store.
    These lemon tarts look so yummy! I will definitely cook it soon. I also like taste of lemon in pastry. It’s really tangy. I think I will also eat them myself 🙂
    Thank you for the recipe, Teresa!

    1. Teresa

      December 9, 2019 at 7:14 am

      Hi, Anna. These little jewels really are delicious. Not over the top sweet, but just right. Hope you enjoy them.

  • marie johson

    December 7, 2019 at 3:13 am

    jam tarts are simple, cheap and create the perfect dessert. thanks for sharing <3

    1. Teresa

      December 7, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks, Marie. Everyone has really loved these jewels.

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