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Servings: 40 -42 pies

Mini Lemon Chess Pies

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
  3. Re-roll dough as needed. Chill until filling is ready.
  4. Whisk melted butter and sugar until smooth, then whisk in eggs until the mixture is a rich yellow, about 30 seconds.
  5. Whisk in the salt, lemon zest, vanilla, lemon juice, milk, and flour, one at a time, whisking until smooth.
  6. Fill each pie crust with 1tablespoon of filling. You may have just a bit of filling left over.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.