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Lemon Curd Tartlettes

Last updated on February 23, 2019 by Liza Hawkins

Lemon Curd Tartlettes

It’s so close to spring, I can almost taste it! But, we’re not quite there yet; we just had snow showers in Maryland yesterday…good grief!

In the meantime, I’m going to share one of my springtime recipe favorites, bursting with super tangy and sweet flavor. It’s also perfect for a large gathering because in 30 minutes you can make 60 bite-sized treats of yumminess. File this one away for game-time or a summer cookout:

Lemon Curd Tartlettes

Lemon Curd Tartlettes
Yield: 12 to 15

Lemon Curd Tartlettes

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Lemon Curd Tartlettes are a perfect summer dessert treat!


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 3 limes, juiced and zested
  • 4 fresh lemon balm leaves
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 stick salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 boxes frozen mini phyllo cups (15 per box)
  • fresh blueberries and raspberries


  • Combine the sugar, zests and lemon balm in a food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds, or until everything has been processed to a fine grain.
  • In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and the sugar mixture for 3 minutes on medium-high. Add the eggs, one at a time, incorporating each egg fully before adding the next. Add the juice and the salt and mix for 1 more minute.
  • In a medium sauce pot over medium-low heat, add the lemon batter. Cook for about 15 minutes, whisking often – almost the whole time. When the mixture thickens, just before it would start to simmer, remove the (now) curd* from the heat.
  • Pour the lemon curd into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, taking care to gently press the plastic on top of the curd. Place the curd into the refrigerator to cool.
  • Once cool, add 1 generous teaspoon of the lemon curd to each phyllo cup. Top with fresh blueberries and raspberries, then garnish with more fresh lemon balm. Serve chilled.
  •  *Note: Before you start cooking it, the lemon mixture will look slightly curdled and lumpy. This is normal and will disappear and smooth out after cooking. If you have leftover curd, it keeps very well in the refrigerator and will last up to 2 weeks if it’s covered.

    Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

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      1. I just used the phyllo cups straight without cooking first. If I did cook them, then I would let them cool before adding the curd. Hope that helps!

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