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These easy lemon tarts only have 3 ingredients and they’re done in under 30 minutes. The perfect quick dessert for any party or any time a lemon craving hits.

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Easy Lemon Tarts with only 3 ingredients!

I’m really hoping you read that in your best Joey voice. Man, I miss that show.

You guys, today is kind of a special day. It’s March 1…and it’s my parents 40th wedding anniversary! I can’t wrap my brain around the fact they’ve been married that long. I mean, if they’ve been married 40 years then that means I’m…

Never mind. Let’s not worry about numbers. Instead I’m going to wish them a Happy Anniversary and revel in the fact that they still love each other as much now (or more) than they did back then. My parents met each other at my mom’s work. My dad was doing some work in her office and became smitten. But want to know something cool? Their families had known each other for years and they’d probably met as kids, but didn’t know it. Both my grandfathers were firemen, but my mom’s dad (the chief) passed away when she was 5, so after that they didn’t really keep in touch. It’s like their marriage was meant to be.

They knew it was meant to be too. After their first date in October they got married the following March. When you know, you know.

That fun fact made it easier on them when I started dating Mel and proclaimed he was “The One” 2 weeks later. He didn’t propose for 5 months, but that was just logistics. We’d been talking about marriage since about a month in. My parents made me believe in soul mates, so I think I’m kinda lucky I found mine.

Anyway…I thought something as cheery as a 40th anniversary deserved something bright and sunny and happy…like these Easy Lemon Tarts. There is just something about photographing lemon dessert; looking at the pictures just makes me happy!

Easy Lemon Tarts

3 ingredient Lemon Tarts

Literally these tarts have 2 ingredients, 3 if you include the fruit. (I seem to be on a 2 ingredient kick the last few days. First, waffles then dip. Go figure!)

The tart shell is made from sugar cookie dough. I used the Pillsbury break-n-bake sugar cookie dough, the kind that comes in a rectangular package. It made it super easy to just break off a square, roll it into a ball, and press it into my mini muffin pan. You can also use a roll of sugar cookie dough and scoop 1 tablespoon sized balls of dough instead.

Now, if you don’t have any sugar cookie dough in your refrigerator and you want these Lemon Tarts RIGHT NOW (which I understand) you can totally make the tarts from scratch. I suggest using my perfect sugar cookie recipe and scooping 1 tablespoon sized balls of dough. (You’ll probably end up with more than 24 tarts, so get more lemon curd or just make cookies with any leftover.)

I used the prepared cookie dough because, as I mentioned last week, I’m super lazy. No mixing, no clean up. That’s my kind of recipe.

These Easy Lemon Tarts have only 3 ingredients and will satisfy your lemon craving!

How to make Lemon Tarts from cookies

The second ingredient in these tarts is the lemon, obvi. I originally made these because a friend had given me a bag of lemons. The best way to use up lemons, IMO? Make lemon curd. I can eat that stuff with a spoon, no joke.

Once the tart shells are baked and cooled, you scoop a healthy scoop of lemon curd into the center. You can use a jarred lemon curd (most grocery stores have it with the jams and jellies) or you can make your own. I used my lime curd recipe and substituted lemon zest and lemon juice. It works perfectly.

The third ingredient (I know, I’m asking a lot…three ingredients…jeesh) is fruit. Top each tart with a raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, or a cut strawberry. This is optional but adds some pretty color. If you’re serving these at a party they’ll practically jump off the plate. If you’re not into fruit, you can sprinkle them with some powdered sugar instead. Or just do what I did…

Easy Lemon Tarts

Top a few with berries for photos and shove the rest in your face as fast as possible. 🙂

Lemon tarts are one of my favorite things, along with lemon bars, lemon pie, shortbread lemon tarts, lemon limoncello cupcakes, and lemon pudding pound cake. Any and all of them would satisfy a lemon craving in no time at all.

If you love lemon you should try my best ever lemon bars recipe – it’s fantastic with a shortbread crust.

Easy Lemon Tarts on a white plate

Easy Lemon Tarts

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These easy lemon tarts only have 3 ingredients and they’re done in under 30 minutes. The perfect quick dessert for any party or any time a lemon craving hits.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 24 tarts
Serving Size 1 tart


  • 1 16 ounce package sugar cookie dough (I used the Pillsbury break apart kind, but you can also use the roll) OR 1 recipe of your favorite prepared sugar cookie dough
  • 1 about 8-10 ounces jar lemon curd
  • Fresh fruit for topping optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray that has flour in it.
  • If using the break apart sugar cookie dough, break apart each square, roll into a ball, and press into the bottom and up the sides of each cavity of the mini muffin pan. If using a roll of cookie dough, use 1 tablespoon sized balls and do the same. (Same goes if you’re using scratch cookie dough.)
  • Bake cookie tarts for about 10 minutes, until they just start to turn golden around the edges. Cool, then remove from the pans carefully. They should pop out if you’ve sprayed the pan well, but using a butter knife to pop them out might help.
  • Fill cooled cookies with lemon curd and top with a raspberry, blueberry, or strawberry. Store loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1tart
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on June 3, 2022

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  1. Hi, I love your pictures in this post and I was wondering if you could tell me what lense you used?

  2. I have a love/hate relationship with these lemon tarts! I have made them more than 10 times. I’ve started making my own lemon curd AND if I have the time I put a little meringue instead of fruit. Everyone loves them which is why I keep making them. That’s the LOVE part, here’s the hate part: getting the dough out of the pan once it’s cooked. To make 10 little tarts I usually must make at least 20. I can’t get them out of the muffin tin, (doesn’t seem to matter how much or how little spray I use). I’ve tried taking them out immediately (doesn’t work), cooling for 5 to 10 minutes (works only slightly better). They never ever POP out of the tins like I think they should. Any other suggestions?

  3. Just made these tonight. Wow are they tasty! Didn’t have time to make lemon curd from scratch so I used the jarred. I will definitely make these again! Thanks for sharing…

  4. Hello, A friend of mine has made these and she raved about them. I am making them for a baby shower and would love to know how far a head I can make them. The shower is Sat. afternoon and I would love to make them Thursday night, is that too early and storing them in the refrigerator okay?


    1. You can make and freeze the cookie cups for a few weeks and then fill them right before. If you make them Thursday complete, they’ll be fine on Saturday! Enjoy!

  5. I made these for a bridal shower and they didn’t look AT ALL like the photos. I used one sugar cookie cube per muffin tin. pinched it to form a crust and used a dollop of lemon curd. The cookie dough expanded out and over the muffin vessel and about half stuck to the top surface of the muffin pan. The part of the cookie that stuck split apart left the lemon part in the pan. Very sad about this but my family enjoyed all the broken ones.

    1. When I make tarts out of sugar cookie dough, I end up having to re-form the “pie” shape once it’s baked. I used the roll of dough for these (not the cubes) but I’ve used the cubes in other recipes. When they come out of the oven I use a wooden spoon handle to press them into the cup shape. They don’t usually bake over the top of the muffin cup, but maybe we have different sized tins? Next time try spraying the entire top with cooking spray to help that. Did you add the lemon curd before or after baking? It should be added after, once they’re cooled.

  6. I made these for the 4th of July and they were prefect! I topped with raspberries, strawberries and blueberries for the patriotic element. People raved about them all night; it was the perfect dessert for a warm barbecue because they are so light and the perfect size. The only problem I ran into was that when I baked the shells, the puffed up all the way and filled the opening so there would have been no room for the curd. After the 10 minute baking time, I took them out and realized this and quickly smashed down the middles again with a small ice cream scooper or melon baller then continued to bake them for 2-4 minutes until the middle was set. So, make sure you keep a watch on them!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed them! I thought I wrote in there to press them down with a wooden spoon handle (or what you did with the melon baller) if they puff up, I’ll go back and edit it!

  7. Mmm! I love the refreshingness of citrus this time of year (or all year really) and love how easy these are! I’ve never made my own lemon curd, so now I think I need to try! AND, I’m so glad friends is on netflix now, cause I’m going through it finally, and I’m on season 7 now. Love it!

  8. Congratulations to your parents!!  That is amazing and such a cute story!!!  And these little cookie cups are so pretty, and I love how easy they are!!!

  9. Well aren’t these little tart bites just picture perfect?! I love how easy they are! And I see you have started on the lemon desserts early this year…and I LOVE it! Pinned!