Mini Lemon Chess Pies

I’ve been dying to make a Lemon Chess Pie f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Finally I decided to do it…but made them mini instead.

Mini food is the best food, after all.

The PERFECT Mini Lemon Chess Pies!

Sooooo, you know how I’m obsessed with lemon times one trillion? It’s like I’m making up for all the (crazy) years that I swore I hated lemon desserts.

Let’s just agree that that time in my life should be banished and never spoken of. And that I’m going to post something lemon every month to make up for it, mmkay?

There’s someone else in my life who is even more obsessed with lemon than I am: my sister-in-law, Katie. Whenever I ask her want dessert she what she shouts lemon faster than Jordan shouts mint chip.

Family gatherings are fun in our family.

A few weeks ago Katie celebrated her birthday, and I made her mini lemon chess pies to celebrate. Kind of the best decision on my part ever, *pats self on back*.

These were too good. I almost didn’t give them away!

The PERFECT Mini Lemon Chess Pies!

These are probably one of the easiest mini pies ever to make. I started with a refrigerated pie crust (my favorite is Pillsbury). Making the mini crusts are way easier than you think. Here are my secrets:

  • Use a mini muffin pan and spray them well with the cooking spray with flour. This ensures the pies will come out.
  • Use a 2.5″ round cookie cutter (or jar lid or glass) to cut circles. Re-roll the dough as needed. Press each circle gently into each cavity.
  • Be sure to chill the crusts while you make the filling. You want cold crust!

And, well, if you’ve ever made a chess pie filling, it’s one of the easiest to make. One bowl and just a whisk – that’s my kind of baking. Eggs, milk, lemon juice, sugar, and a few other things get whisked together. One tablespoon of the filling goes into each pie, then you bake.

It’s easy to remove these from the pans if you wait until they’re completely cool. Use the tip of a knife to help loosen the pie, and if you’ve sprayed the pans well enough, they should pop right out. Dust with powdered sugar, and try not to eat them all.

Go ahead. I dare you.

Mini Lemon Chess Pies

I’d fail that one miserably!

Mini Lemon Chess Pies

Yield: 40-42 pies

Mini Lemon Chess Pies

The perfect lemon chess mini form! Perfect for a party, these are super sweet and tart all at the same time.


  • 1 box (2) refrigerated pie crusts, I use Pillsbury
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1 large lemon or 2 small)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nonfat or regular milk
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 3 mini muffin pans with cooking spray. (I like the kind with flour in it for these pies.) This makes about 40-42 pies.
  2. Unroll your pie crusts and cut 2.5” circles with a cookie cutter or jar. Press each carefully into each mini muffin cavity. Re-roll dough as needed. Chill until filling is ready.
  3. Whisk melted butter and sugar until smooth, then whisk in eggs until the mixture is a rich yellow, about 30 seconds. Whisk in the salt, lemon zest, vanilla, lemon juice, milk, and flour, one at a time, whisking until smooth.
  4. Fill each pie crust with 1tablespoon of filling. You may have just a bit of filling left over.
  5. Bake pies for 17-20 minutes until the tops are no longer wet. The crust will just be very lightly brown. (I like to place my muffin tins on a cookie sheet before baking, for easier handling and less spilling.)
  6. Cool pies completely before removing from pans. They should pop out easily with the help of a knife. Dust with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.
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  1. Those are so cute!
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  2. How cute! These bites look really tempting and addictive!
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  3. Those sound delicious! I love chess pie, lemon sounds like a great flavor to add. :)
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  4. These look so good. I am becoming a little lemon obsessed too, so I cannot wait to try these!
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  5. Caitlin says:

    My roommate LOVES lemon, and I’d like to make something like this for her birthday. Do you think it would be easy to convert into a full pie?

  6. I love minis too, and these look wonderful! Must try these soon!
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  7. Well aren’t these just so adorable! And lemon and mini – they would be so highly poppable! one right after the other :) Pinned and these babies have HIT written all over them :)
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  8. I love that these are mini! Tht means I can eat more, right?l
    These must’ve been so hard to give away!
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  9. I’d never heard of chess pie before I started blogging, these look delicious! You’re right. Mini things are better!
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  10. You are right! Everything is better in mini!!
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  11. These look so incredibly good, I would be afraid I’d eat the entire batch. Love ‘em! Anything lemon is so perfect for summer:)
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  12. I have been dying to make chess pie forever too! And you made them mini and lemon! I love it! They are so cute! I really want to make a chocolate chess pie but I feel like I should start with the regular one first because I’ve never even had chess pie! :-)
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  13. Yep, I want these pies in my mouth right now!
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  14. I love all things tiny and mini! These look fantastic!
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  15. Mini is the best! I’ve been wanting to make a lemon chess pie too – it looks so yummy! Pinned!
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  16. So so cute! I’m obsessed with anything lemon and mini! Can’t wait to try these – they look fantastic – pinned :)
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  17. Adorable!!! Dorothy you always put the cutest spins on desserts :)
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  18. Dorothy, I love these mini lemon chess pies!!! and I get to use my mini muffin pan. . which sadly sits in my pantry un-used. . that needs to change ASAP! Pinned!
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  19. I wish I were in your family! :) Can’t wait to try these ~ I have a love affair with lemon and I love mini’s too.

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  20. Laurie F. says:

    Love minis! Love lemon! Another great bake sale item. I don’t “pin”, but I printed it! (;

  21. Come join my family!! And bring these :)
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  22. Ummm..yeah. First of all, mini desserts are always the best. Second of all, lemon?! Love it. These are so super cute and yummy looking! I think I would eat the whole batch…by myself.. Pinning!
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  23. I can never ever make these as food gifts because I’m 145673 % sure that these won’t even make it to the gift recipient in the first place!!!!! ;) I loveeee mini desserts!!!! It just gives you all the more reason to eat more of them and I am definitely going to need them!!!! These are cute and lemony and delicious!!!! Loveee it! Pinning! :D
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  24. I loooove lemon chess pie! So easy and sooo relish! Loving the mini version, great idea :) I’ll have to make these this weekend

  25. That creamy lemon center is calling to me. These look delicious. Pinned.
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  26. I might have to make these for my lemon-loving mom for her birthday that’s coming up! She’d love these!
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  27. These sound amazing!! Mini is dangerous because I loose track of how many I’ve eaten. I’m always like…just one more…they’re so tiny! These would be great to bring to a BBQ this summer! Much easier to travel with than a whole pie :)
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  28. These look delicious. I think I need to crash your family get togethers for the desserts :)
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  29. These are absolutely adorable! I’m just not sure I’d be able to stop popping them in my mouth!
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  30. I’m going to try them with puff pastry instead of Pie filling…..I hope it works out, they look great! The more LEMON
    the better!!!

  31. Mini food is always more delicious! Love these little chess pies, Dorothy!
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  32. eeek obsessed with MINI ANYTHING! These look so refreshing and so perfectly proportioned for a summer treat ;)

  33. Soo these were the lemon pies you were telling me about. They are so itty bitty cuute!! I love little things (well, sometimes) lol. If I had these in front of me, I’d pop a bunch in my mouth. The little treats are dangerous around me!
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  34. These little mini chess pies look phenom!! I would probably eat way more than I should! :)
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  35. I just discovered how amazing chess pies are in the fall. This lemon version sounds amazing!
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  36. Mini is always better!! They’re cuter, tastier, and way easier to sneak a second serving (or umm like five, if you’re me) without feeling guilty. Lemon is a really popular flavor in my family too — it’s the only flavor all of the men request for birthday desserts! — so I’m definitely taking mental notes. Send all of your lemon thoughts my way! ;)
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  37. Oh, Dorothy! These are so adorable. I’m in love. And I bet they taste even better than they look.
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  38. Marlene says:

    How far in advance can you make these? Do they freeze well? They look so yummy! Thanks for posting these, Dorothy.

  39. These sound amazing! I bet they would be good if you substituted lemon for lime or even orange, too! I may make all 3 for a 4th of July gathering and see which people like best. :)

  40. Do they freeze well, how far in advance can one make these?

    • These should freeze great! Place them in a ziploc bag (a gallon size) with paper towels between layers. They can be frozen for up to one month. Let them defrost with the paper towel in the bag to absorb moisture!


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